Tuesday, December 18, 2012

DIY baroque specs and sunnies

baroque is head to toes this season: let's DIY it

I'm having so much fun experimenting with polymer clay.
This DIY is VERY simple, but the result is "totes-amaze"!

I've been seeing baroque specs and sunglasses here and there, and all of them (with very few exceptions) have sky high price-tags.

My inspiration board

my inspiration board on polyvore

I have a large quantity of black sunnies, some of them I don't wear very often anymore, and I buy my reading glasses by the dozen (really) at the dollar store. 
While I love my sunglasses black, I love my reading glasses quirky and full of colors.

DIY baroque sunnies & specks: the supplies:

* polymer clay in the color of your glasses (or in a contrast color, if you want to make an even more WOW look)
* a baroque mold - this is 1 of 4 moulds in the Martha Stewart Crafts Silicon Mold, Frame and Flourishes
X-ACTO Z Series #1 Knife with Cap (XZ3601)
* toaster oven

Any tool, surface, oven, rolling pin, knife, cookie cutter or pasta machine that comes in contact with polymer clay CANNOT be used EVER AGAIN with anything else than polymer clay!

DIY baroque specs and sunnies the how-to /tutorial:

* condition your clay: I had to mix two colors to get close to the color of my specs.
It came out a bit lighter, ... but I fixed that... keep reading :)

* Push the the clay into the mold, making sure that all these tiny "swiggly cavities" are filled with clay

* Use the knife to cut the clay perfectly even to the mold, so you won't have extra clay and extra thickness on your glasses.

You can pick whether to bake the clay into the mold or pulling the clay out of the mold: 
I tried both: I pulled the magenta parts out of the mold, while I baked the black ones inside the mold.
I have to say, it's much easier to pop these pieces out of the mold once backed, because the shape is quite intricate and I had to struggle a bit with the magenta ones.

Bake in the oven for the required time on your polymer clay.

this is the result after baking!
See the color of the pink / magenta is an exact match?
I admit I got lucky: but to achieve a darker shade, I baked this batch at a slightly higher temperature, and they came out just perfect.

* Once all the pieces are baked, keep your oven warm for a little, you're going to need it again.

* Hold one or two pieces at the time while you're wearing the glasses and look into a mirror, to figure out your pattern.

* I used two empty jars to keep my glasses {sort of} in a workable position, and placed a tiny drop of  E 6000 glue  only on the contact spots.

Why keeping your oven warm?

Because the frames aren't flat, so you'll need to put back in the oven a piece at the time (for less than a minute) to soften it up and glue it on the fame, molding the baroque accent to your needs.

* Once the glue is dry, apply with a tiny brush a coat of shiny clear paint or nail polish, and {of course} let dry. 

Wear with pride!!

Check other DIY bloggers versions: A matter of Style - just like Kyla - chic-steals

xox, d.

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