August 16, 2012

DIY: Vintage Sunglasses

 When I go vintage shopping, I always find myself going after the same items. Sunglasses and glasses always make the top of that list.  Every once in a while, you find a pair you just can't pass up, and it helps that they usually go for about a dollar.  Luckily, I know a thing or two about the optical business so even if I find a pair that has seen better days, I know exactly what to do with them, and you can too. It's really simple to fix a pair of glasses or sunglasses, no matter what the condition.  Take these for example.  When I found these at Goodbuy Girls in Nashville, the temples (sides) were loose, and they had a pair of trifocal lenses in them strong enough to make you sick with one glance through them.  Easy fix!

To fix these up:
1.  We decided to turn them into sunglasses rather than keep them as glasses. We loved the frame and thought it had better potential with a cool colored lens.
2.  We took them to a local lens laboratory and picked out the type of lens and color we wanted to use.  You can also do this at your Eye Doctor's Office if you are unsure what to do.
3. We also advised them to tighten up the screws on the temples and give them a little bit of a good cleaning.
4. We chose to go with a double color tint.  We used a darker brown at the top and then had it fade into a violet color.
5.  The glasses were sent through the lab, and one day later, sunglasses!

So, before you discard your old glasses or sunglass cause of a few loose screws or because your just sick of looking at them, give them a second look and consider a quick makeover!

fox + gypsy

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