Glasses Lenses become Necklaces

I found some broken reading glasses at the thrift store and had an idea. Did it involve making jewelry?? What else? Those lenses are like tiny little frames, perfect for a necklace. I found a cool piece of paper in my Box of Interesting Paper Bits, traced the lens onto it with a pencil, and cut it out. I spread silicon glue on the lens with a toothpick, and then squished the paper down onto it. You have to squeeze all the air bubbles out of the glue, so start in the middle, and squeeze outward. Extra glue may ooze out the sides, but that’s fine. Wipe it off with the toothpick. Make sure the edges are thoroughly glued down once you’re done squishing.

Once the glue was dry-ish, I glued metal loops on. Add jump rings, and then you can hang it from a necklace chain, or follow this process for attaching a chain.

I used this glittery fish button to make it just that much fancier! The blue fish really brings out the blue in the pattern.

I love this necklace because it’s creative, but it is also kind of normal. I can wear this to work without people talking about my “crazy” necklaces (which I take as a compliment, by the way). Since this is just paper, I wanted to water proof the back. What’s my magic solution for everything? Nail polish!! This stuff is magic.

This will dry quickly, and prevent sweat, rain, or spilled box wine from ruining my new awesome necklace.


November 13, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , . Arts and Crafts, Thriftiness is Cool.


  1. Rebekah replied:

    So clear nail polish works exactly the same way as a poly? The possibilities are endless now… Woot!

    • thatcleverchick replied:

      It stinks, and I don’t know how it compares cost-wise. When I was cleaning I found 4 bottles of clear nail polish that were mostly empty, so this is how I tend to use it up. For something like this it’s so easy to use. Just let it dry over night.

  2. wondy replied:

    Omg! I’m a total nail polish fan too! 😀 I use it for almost EVERYTHING. When I have to glue something small, when I want to make something waterproof, the possibilities are endless! Nail polish forever!! 😀

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