These DIY Embellished Sunglasses may look familiar if you follow me on Instagram (@GingerSnapsNYC do it NOW). I made them for Burning Man back in August. I ended up giving the Leopard Frames to my fabulous Vintage Vixen (and lover of all things Leopard) Nicole. The teal colored frames I kept and intend on bringing back to the rotation for Art Basel in Miami. By the way… can you BELIEVE it’s NOVEMBER already?? How did this happen? Positive side of November? Holidays, Holiday Decorating, and HOLIDAY MUSIC coming soon. I will not apologize for breaking out the Christmas Carols before Nov 15, so don’t ask.
This DIY Project was Inspired by these Sunglasses I saw in a magazine last spring…
The Do It Yourself side of these frames is pretty self explanatory. Basically, just find a bunch of embellishment options around the house (that broken jewelry stash just got a purpose). I used a variety of embellishments: pieces of earrings that had lost their match, pieces of bracelets/necklaces that had lost a stone here or there, Swarovski Crystals (you can buy them on line WAY cheaper than at Mood, but be careful of ordering anything outside of the US– I got burned last year through a guy in Mexico). Using Super Glue AND Hot Glue is the best bet. First apply Super Glue and then dab a small glob of Hot Glue on top of the Super Glue so that you don’t have to hold the stone in place while the Super Glue sets. It will feel like hours, trust me. Also, you can use the Hot Glue to fill in nooks and crannys first and then put super glue on top of that to bond a single crystal, etc. Make sure before you begin glueing up a storm, the sunglasses are correctly adjusted. Most sunglasses/glasses shop will do this for free, even if you didn’t purchase the frames from them. (Yes, even chains like Sunglass Hut and Solstice.) Finally, be sure to try on the glasses throughout the process to assess the weight of your embellishments as you go. I learned this the hard way when, initially, the teal frames I made were a bit “top-heavy” and kept slipping down my nose.