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Not long ago, a reader wrote and asked me if I knew of a way to make a keepsake out of eye glasses as a way of remembering someone dear who had passed away. She said she vaguely remembered a suggestion on the Oprah Winfrey show about grinding down the plastic lenses to reform into beads.

However, artisans do take the whole lens to paint or decorate for jewelry (check out my past post on Extreme creativity - unusual brooches and yesterday's post) which strikes me as an easier idea.

So here are a couple of tutorials to help you recycle eye glasses to wear. The first tutorial is a fabulous pendant how to by In My Own Style. Much experimentation went into the creation of these designs. She recommends a certain type of glue that will work for plastic. A Dremel drill is used to create the necessary holes.

Jennifer of The Felt Mouse has an easy eyeglass brooch tutorial. She mentioned her old eye glasses were not suitable for recycling programs typically run by opticians so this is a great way to upcycle them and use up fabric or paper scraps at the same time!

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For more tutorials check out my Jewelry Making Tips

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  1. I'm such a fan of your blog and tutorials. Thanks for posting them. Love the recycled eyeglass with magazines. Very creative.

  2. I'm delighted you are a fan and one who shares the same view about these recycled eyeglass creations.

  3. You know what? I am learning a lot from your website. Your tutorial blogs are really helping me out in creating my own accessories. I am actually, surprised you are sharing such ideas. I mean you can monopolize it if you want but here you are sharing it to the world.

  4. That's the best kind of thanks, Katrina that you are enjoying my blog AND learning from it. I cannot take full credit though because there are many, many other generous artisans who share their knowledge.

  5. bedava görüntülü chat
    bedava kameralı chat. I mean you can monopolize it if you want but here you are sharing it to the world

  6. It is clever. I realize that there are places that collect and recycle old prescription glasses but there are cases where the frame maybe broken or the prescription so unusual that they not useful for recycling purposes. This would certainly be an ideal fix for those broken or un-recyclable eyeglasses. I'm particularly fond of the lenses depicted in the top photo, they're very pretty.


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