Well, Noel, I don’t know much about electroforming except that you
can make a shape from a non-metallic material and cover certain parts
with a metal. So I suppose this combination of techniques would be
really very interesting, as one area of hand-making spectacles is
making them from the cellulose acetate that a lot of plastic
spectacles are made from. Hard to get hold of, but possible. The stuff
is carvable and heat-formable. Now about what to do when making specs,
you need to go and talk to someone who’s been on one of the
eyewear-making workshops taught by me or Deb Stoner. It’s not simple.
But here’s a thought: take an existing acetate frame and electroform
Go for it! But first I recommend you study it and try to understand
the functions of the bits and pieces. Make little drawings of how they
are before you alter them… that sort of thing. How hard could it be?
This is the way I started. I have a page of general info on
hand-making an acetate frame, if you’d like. I could put it up on my
Let me know how you get on.
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