Wednesday, July 18, 2012

DIY: Sunglasses Chain

I know what you're thinking...a sunglasses chain? Made stylish? Yes, that's right. This ain't your grandma's rubber eyewear retainer. Rather, this is your chance to channel your inner sexy, stylish the beach (I'm not sure if I've got the guts to pull this off with my regular glasses). Here's how you do it:

What You'll Need...

  • wire cutters
  • jewelry pliers
  • 10 eyepins
  • eyeglass strap (you can find an inexpensive one at a drugstore or dollar store - doesn't matter if it's hideous because you're only using the rubber parts which attach it to your shades!)
  • assorted beads
  • approx. 30" of chain
  • 2 jump rings
 First, cut the rubber holders off of the eyeglass strap.

Open up a jump ring and attach it to the rubber holder. Before closing the jump ring, cut off an approximately 2" piece of chain, and add that to the ring as well.

Take one of your eye pins and add a couple of small beads, leaving ample wire at the end to bend into a loop.

Open one of your loops (yes, I see the redundancy in closing the last loop first, but I wanted you to get a visual of how you're closing the eye pins) and slip on the end of chain that you have attached to the eyeglass holder.

Close the loop. Now, open the other side, and slide on another 2" piece of chain.

Repeat the above steps, adding more beaded eyepins and lengthening your chain. When the length of your sunglasses chain has reached 24-30 inches, finish it off just the way you started - with a jump ring and your second eyeglass holder.

And that's it. This technique is super versatile, and can be used for making necklaces, bracelets, earrings, anything! Let me know what you think.

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