I browse the internet a lot, and keep a big album of all the pictures that interest me, so that when I come across something in an op shop that looks promising, I snap it up. I recently found these children’s sunglasses which look almost like medieval frames in shape, so this weekend I decided to have a go at modifying the shape and removing the tinted lenses so that I can fit some prescription lenses.
I removed the side arms and, using a combination of a small saw and some files, reshaped the bridge and removed the bumps from the nosepieces. I then cut off the part with the side arm attachment and carefully cut up the centre of the little stump that was left to remove the lenses. The lenses are circular, 38mm diameter.
This is the result after shaping the split part so that is can be wired shut again. I’ll use the old lenses as a template to cut down an old set of prescription lenses, and I’ll post again once I’ve got these to fit. If this pair works out they’ll do as a temporary solution while I play around with making some more authentic frames. Frame material options include horn, wood (particularly boxwood), bone and leather. Horn will be easy enough, I already have some horns, and if these are not thick enough I’ll track some down thick horn salad spoons from an op shop. Bone may be more difficult – the best piece is the metacarpal bone, and I don’t think that’s a piece that makes it to retail butchers. (I’ll add this to my wishlist along with the calves feet I recently needed for jellymaking, which were impossible to source retail in Melbourne). I’d probably have to import boxwood. Leather would be very easy to source but I don’t like the style of the leather eyeglass frames as much. I’ll probably get my optometrist to cut a set of lenses to size once I’m happy with the final frames.