15 Ways to Customize Your Reading Glasses

October 05, 2019

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There are plenty of styles of reading glasses available in the stores, but they’re not necessarily the best color or style for you. The beauty of being a DIY enthusiast, however, is that you can transform them if you just get a little bit creative! Check out these 15 crafty ways of making your reading glasses look more unique.

1. Jimmy Choo-inspired star-studded reading glasses:

Inspiration & Realization suggests adding a few star-shaped metal studs along the arms of your reading glasses to mimic an edgy Jimmy Choo design. This lets you get the look without paying high designer prices!

2. Baroque-inspired reading glasses:

If you’re very inspired by whimsical looking Baroque era style, then these reading glasses featuring embellishments made from polymer clay are perfect for you. Check out how to make them on Inspiration & Realization.

3.Anna-Karin Karlsson-inspired reading glasses:

Tiny plastic blossoms make for a pretty, feminine embellishment! Check the beading or scrapbooking sections at your local craft store to find some like these ones that were featured on Inspiration & Realization.

4.Glittered reading glasses:

Readers reminds you that glitter always has a place in DIY! Nothing will jazz up your regular old reading glasses more than sparkling them completely. Just be careful not to get it on the lenses!

5.Pink polka dot reading glasses:

Sunglass Warehouse suggests a fun color scheme and tiny white polka dots as a reading glasses decor solution! You could create this effect by painting the arms and the dots with plastic safe paint, or by wrapping the arms in white dotted washi tape.

6.Book page reading glasses:

Have you ever considered taking the term “reading glasses” very literally in order to transform your pair? Check out how Sunglass Warehouse customized these ones using pages from an old book!

7. Clay roses and acrylic bead reading glasses:

If you’re feeling very funky, these Pinterest reading glasses covered in tiny clay roses and fun plastic beads are a great way to spice up your look and really make people notice you! Gluing the embellishments on is simple.

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8.Pearl reading glasses chain:

Inspiration & Realization shows you how glamorous and elegant using pearls all along a reading glasses chain can look. This style is fun because of the shine of the pearls, but also slightly more formal than some other designs.

9.   Candy cane frames:

 Crafty Chica shows you how to transform white frames into a fun pattern using a very finely tipped permanent marker. We love that you can draw lines of all different thicknesses!

10.Patina painted reading glasses:

A Colorful Journey guides you step by step through the process of using plastic-friendly patina paints to create a super fun, colorful effect all across your plain frames.

11.Chunky beaded reading glasses:

Reading glasses embellished with many beads look great because they’re full of

texture. Pinterest is full of inspirational ideas of this style, but we loved the chunky accent beads on these ones especially!

12.Beaded Lolita reading glasses chain:

Sometimes the best way to spice up your frames is to add to the look as a whole rather than altering the frames themselves. This cute classes chain by Handmade Charlotte is whimsical, unique, and perfect for summers spent reading in the sun.

13.Simple beaded reading glasses chain:

Readers suggests picking your favorite color of bead and going with it! As long as the loops on the ends of your DIY chain hold the reading glasses arms properly, then this project is extra easy.

14.Button reading glasses chain

His reading glasses chain featured on Pinterest is both completely adorable and also a great way to reuse some of the craziest, most unique old buttons in your DIY or sewing stash!

15.Nylon wrap sun glasses strap:

If you’re very into 80s and 90s fashion trends coming back to life then this adjustable nylon reading glasses cord is right up your alley! POPSUGAR pictures the lanyard with sun glasses, but we know it would look just as throwback chic with your reading glasses instead.

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Have you ever looked at a pair of sun glasses or reading glasses and thought, “Man, these look great, but this is just not me. I would totally get these if they had.

We are like little genies that can grant your optical wishes. Do you need an optical genie? Continue reading please. Part of being an independent optical shop is being able to say to you: “That’s okay, we are going to put your prescription lenses in there anyway, and we can omit the mirror.

We do a lot of custom lenses for our clients. Would you like a hint of color on your prescription lenses? We have tint and mirror samples you can look through. Any color of the rainbow, Done.Are you on your computer all day and need something to help with eyestrain?

We can make your reading glasses with a special lens design, material and coating that can help. Next wish please.

Many times someone will fall in love with a sunglass style that doesn’t come polarized from the manufacturer, but he/she needs them polarized for driving, because we live in California and the glare on the freeway is a problem.

We can cut custom polarized lenses into the frame and call you when they’re ready to pick up, or ship them out to you.

Shiny or matte?

Sandblasting a frame can give it a cool modern matte texture. It can tone down a brassy tortoise, it can add intrigue to a plain black frame. We can sandblast one of our new frames for you, or you can bring in your current frame for us to do. Alternatively – If the matte finish isn’t your thing, we can have it polished up for you to give it a nice glossy look.

Custom Clip-On Sun glasses.

We can send frames out to have a matching titanium clip designed for a perfect fit to either a new frame that you choose, or your own existing frame. It’s a nice option to have for the coolness factor, and a nice substitute for prescription sun glasses & reading glasses.

My bridge is low, and while it would be ideal to find a proper fitting frame to start with, sometimes my inner child comes out and I just want what I want and I don’t want to choose a different frame.

And in this situation, adding custom nose pads can dramatically improve the fit and aesthetic of the frame. We sometimes change people’s lives with this suggestion, because people don’t know this is a possibility.

The possibilities are really endless when you come to an independent shop like ours because we’re creative problem solvers and we are always up for offering ideas to make you love your reading glasses.

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