The Eyes Have It

The Eyes Have It
by Bryan Nealy, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®

Sunglasses instantly add a sense of mystery and cool to the wearer. From JFK and Jackie in the '60s, to a plethora of modern celebrities, sunglasses have long been a staple of the fashion world. Regular eyeglasses are also a lot more than a corrective device for the eyes; people such as John Lennon and Steve Jobs are instantly recognizable just from their glasses frames.

Just like most items in fashion, glasses and sunglasses have evolved over the years. Everything from aviators to heart-shaped frames, from thick black frames to lenseless, have been in and out of style over the years. A current trend is embellished glasses. High-end companies such as Tiffany and Co., Bulgari and Louis Vuitton currently sell sunglasses that have frames embellished with precious metals, gemstones, pearls, crystals and more.

Create the Look

Rhinestones Prefabricated embellished glasses can be extremely expensive, so why not create some yourself? The first thing you'll need is a good pair of frames. While any pair will work, it's a good idea to choose a pair with a decent amount of decorating space. Thick frames and temples (the part that goes along the side of your head and sits on your ear) offer a nice-sized canvas on which to decorate. Once you've found the perfect pair of glasses, decide on an embellishing scheme. Almost nothing is out of bounds at this point, from classy to garish, modest to flamboyant, pearls to crystals. Keep in mind that flat back products will make attachment to the frames easier. After you've decided on the embellishments, it's vital to choose the correct adhesive to ensure your creation will stay together. A 2-part epoxy, such as Devcon®, creates a strong bond and also cures very quickly.

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