Michelle- Deb Stoner is teaching a workshop on Eyeglass making at
Oregon College of Arts And Crafts later this spring. Deb is a
wonderful teacher a fine artist and has some really fun glasses she’s
made over the years. Deb took classes in Optometry at a local
community college. She’s had some great advice for me. Thanks Deb.
There is a facebook page called Eyeglasses for Jewellers and other
Metalsmiths as well.
I just finished making myself a pair out of Continuum silver and
sapphires. I first made a prototype out of copper. Then I took them
to the lens grinder and he corrected some of my errors and I then
made the final pair. They are still at the lens grinders and I should
have them back this next week. I’ll post photos when I get them back.
I am an experienced and precise goldsmith and it took me probably
4-5 6 hour days to make mine. I’d probably charge a customer at least
$3000- $5000 wholesale to make another pair like mine.
My sweetie Tim made his glases out of 18 kt gold and mokume about
ten years ago. They are really great looking. He did it old school,
alloying the metal, pouring the ingot, making the bar stock, wire,
tubing, and hand cut screws etc. However he did it backwards. He took
the lens out of his commercial glasses and like making a piece of
jewelry for a pair of stones fit the bezels to the lens. He found out
later that the lens are cut to fit the frames.
The trick is precision. You can go crazy on the frames, but the lens
holding parts have to be perfectly symmetrical. The other trick is
finding a lens grinder who will take them on. Most lens places are
all computerized to make lens that are a pre programmed shape. That’s
why so many contemporary glasses all look the same. Narrow
rectangles. You gotta find some one who is old school, interested in
artsy fartsy stuff and willing to take the time to do them to your
Your best bet is to copy the anatomy from an existing pair of
I hope I didn’t scare you off. It has be a really fun project and I
can’t wait to start wearing them. After all they are jewelry for your
Have fun and make lots of jewelry