Make Your Glasses Unique By Adding Gold Leaf Detailing To Them

Posted on: 4 June 2015

Having unique glasses can be difficult because so many of the frames are now mass produced. That means that anyone can go into a glasses shop and buy same pair of glasses that you own. If you want to be sure that you have the most unique glasses possible, consider customizing your glasses. The following guide walks you through a few ways to customize the frames of your glasses to make them truly unique with a gold leaf kit you can purchase at any craft store.

Protect Your Lenses

The first thing you need to do is protect your lenses before you customize your frames. Use painter's tape to cover the lenses on both sides. You will need to trim the tape so that it covers the lenses as closely as possible.

Choose Your Design

Next, you need to decide how you want to decorate your glasses. You can choose to do stripes, filigree, or even have words coming down the sides of your glasses. Be sure to remember that the arms of your glasses will be quite small so you want to choose something that will look stylish and be relatively easy for you to do. For more design ideas, check out a local designer glasses retailer (such as Spectacles of Naples).

Clean Your Frames

Next, you need to clean frames of your glasses with rubbing alcohol. When you wear your glasses, oil from your face will collect on the frames. By cleaning them with alcohol, you can rest assured that the gold leaf will stay in place when you are done.

Add the Sizer

In order for you to be able to stick the gold leaf, you must use a sizer. The sizer works the same way that glue does, but must place on your frames at least 15 to 20 minutes before you add the gold leaf. Use a thin paintbrush to create whatever design you want to create on the frames with the sizer. Leave the sizer in place for the allotted amount of time.

Add the Gold Leaf

The gold leaf will look like thin pieces of gold paper. Peel a piece away from the stack and gently rub it against the area where the sizer is on the frames. Be sure to smooth it out. You will need to gently peel away the excess leaf from the paper. Allow the leaf to sit for a few hours before continuing.

After you have adding the gold leaf to your frames and allowed the sizer to dry fully, you can paint a layer of polyurethane gel over the leaf to ensure it stays put for as long as possible. It works as a clear protector over the leaf. Once you are done, remove the painter's tape from the lenses and start rocking your new glasses.