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By the way, it is possible to get your prescription lenses or clear plastic put into vintage frames
but you may have to ask around first as some of the chain opticians don't like to (no profit). There are online companies who specialise in this but expect to be asked to sign a waiver accepting the risk that the old plastic may have dried out with age and be at risk of cracking during the fitting process. You should also bear in mind that vintage specs were made smaller than today's styles so always check your measurements from the supplier against one of your own pairs. I found handy info on how to measure frames here.
To save you a journey round cyberspace here are the cleaning instructions I followed:
- Fill a bowl with warm water and add a dash of mild washing up liquid and 2 tsp of baking soda
- Swish it all up until it's foamy
- Soak the frames for a few minutes then dip a lint free soft cloth in the mixture and gently wash the frames. Then take a cotton bud and/or an old toothbrush to gently clean the crevices. The verdigris should come away easily.
- You can also leave them to soak overnight in the mixture and complete the cleaning process in the morning.
- Always dry thoroughly but gently using a soft lint free cloth.