I'm having a go at (trying to ) making glassframes. I took a
workshop with Deb Stoner a few years ago. Could you please tell me
where to get the German/Italian hinges?
Deb does wonderful eyewear workshops, was she not able to help you
with this? Perhaps she would encourage you to devise your own! I know
I had to in the beginning.
Here in New Zealand I’m such a long way from anywhere I have had to
try all sorts of places for supplies. I source my hinges over the
years from looking around global optical trade suppliers, and one
place in the USA called Hilco provided me with useful parts like
various Italian hinges (Centrostyle brand) and so on. When I taught
classes in the US and Canada I made up student kits and once, while
about to teach a class in New York, the parts still had not arrived,
so I worked the phone book (a pre-google type of resource) and
rustled up some hinges and padarms etc.
The point I make is that optical parts are almost everywhere and the
suppliers in your area should be your first choice.
That said, I found one of my local suppliers sent me mis-matched
hinge parts, the two would not fit well together, though they swore
they’d ‘bed in’ after a while. I had to use two pliers to move them!
So check them thoroughly when they arrive.
After a quick google I found this page of hinges:
a catalogue page showing ‘soldering’ hinges of various dimensions.
Previous pages show hinges for heat-embedding into acetate frames,
and hinges for riveting. Soldering hinges are what I use, but I’ve
included rivet hinges in student kits as they can be applied to many
That’s the Italian brand I use. For the German brand of parts it’s
more convoluted. I approached the German company and the rep was
generous enough to ship me some samples. These have lasted me years!
I treasure them and don’t put them in student kits.
Do you want gold parts? A student on my Metalwerx class managed to
find solid gold optical hinges. They were very costly so I didn’t
follow up on them.
Good luck making your frame! Show us your progress.