FYI DIY: Chain Sunglasses (via Mercura NYC))
Jun 29, 2009 - by Hillary Frazier
So you probably remember how we lusted over the A-Morir by Kerin.Rose chain sunglasses sold by Patricia Field, but we can't all afford those...I know I can't. We've decided to implement a new column here at Fashion Indie, where we show you how we DIY our favorites over the weekend. Here's our take on the glasses:
A bit less glam (I couldn't find rhinestones anywhere), and a bit more flashy, but I think I did this design justice. Here's the steps to recreate my weekend project!
-A lightweight chain, about a half in thick(I got this one from Rebecca, but St. Marks or Chinatown is great for them)
-A pair of sunglasses, these were $6 in St. Marks. It works best to have glasses with a flat top, so that you can glue the chain in a straight line.
-Super glue, you can get this at any drugstore and it's only about $3
Disclaimer: This project is NOT easy. Be SUPER careful to not get superglue on your hands, or on the lenses (I learned this the hard way, nail polish remover can take it off). If I were to do this project again, I'd suggest putting tape over the lenses just to be sure you don't glue them.
1. Put a thin layer of superglue on the top of the glasses, where you will be gluing the chain, this way the chain can bond to the glue, as opposed to the very difficult feat of gluing it to the smooth plastic
(you are now the first witness to the mess I created while trying to make these...)
2. Start to glue the chain links together, where they would naturally fall. I glued 5 together to begin to form a straight line, this also makes it a lot easier to control individually glueing the rest of the links on.
3. Once you have a few links together, glue your section to the middle of the glasses. When the chain is laying flat there are small oval-shaped flat sections, you want to put the glue on each of these sections and hold the chain to the glasses until it completely dries (around 30 seconds).
4. Begin to individually glue on the rest of the links. Continue to glue using the flat parts of the links, and if they are not staying secure, try continuing to glue the links together.
(glue the links together where each one points)
5. Continue to glue each link until you reach the edge of the glasses. It's really important that each link is completely dry before you move onto the next one, or else they'll just fall off and you'll have to start over, and let me tell you, that's really frustrating.
6. Let your glasses sit overnight before you wear them, even though they seem completely dry, you want to make sure nothing will fall off before you debut them. And if you aren't confident enough to wear these super-flashy glasses on your face, try wearing them as a necklace:
What do you guys think? Send us pictures if you decide to DIY these glasses, and tell us more projects you'd like to see in upcoming weekends. Also, any tips to make it easier for you, feel free to share. Do you like the pictures, or want to see videos?
Outsapop reblogged this DIY, and let me in on some new info! Amber Rose was pictures in Paris months ago wearing Chanel chain sunglasses, and after scouring Ebay I found them! They're vintage, so they've been around long before Kerin Rose or Fashion Indie's DIY project, but are currently bid at over $850, so this is an even further lust for our readers. Regardless, lust on:
Another Update: These glasses were originally around years ago by Mercura, which I've found out through chains and chains of emails. Here's their site, and if there are any other designers that claim this is their design, talk to each other, not me. I'm not a designer, just an arts and crafts kid.