Saturday, 18 October 2014

Cleaning up Vintage Eyeglass Frames

I scored a job lot of vintage eyeglasses this week.  Amongst them were some lovely cat eye styles.  They were all a bit grubby with green verdigris on the metal parts and the cases were really dusty and gritty too so I scoured the internet in search of some advice.  I opted to try this recipe and it worked really well, sorry I didn't think to take 'before' photos, but here are the 'afters'.....nice and shiny just like new again...

vintage cat eyes

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:
  1. Fill a bowl with warm water and add a dash of mild washing up liquid and 2 tsp of baking soda
  2. Swish it all up until it's foamy
  3. 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.
  4. You can also leave them to soak overnight in the mixture and complete the cleaning process in the morning.  
  5. Always dry thoroughly but gently using a soft lint free cloth.
 If anyone has any other cleaning tips for eyeglasses feel free to chip in!  These ones are now available in my Etsy shop.... 

Friday, 17 October 2014

Little Birdie Goes to Hollywood (well almost)!

Those of you who visited me on my FishyMoonDesigns Blog may remember this little guy.....

Well, look what he's been up to....

I'm so proud of him...and Jess Thristan is definitely a singer to look out for!!


Saturday, 11 October 2014

Great Vintage Book Find - Advice For New Brides

The Brides Book by Dorothy Stote
I found this great book recently, it's from the 1930's and is an advice manual for new brides, as you can see Muriel likes it too.  It contains information on planning a wedding, setting up a new home, recipes and all manner of other things. What really caught my interest was the advertisements from that era many of which are lovely black and white and colour glossy photographs.  There is even a section at the back of the book which contains postcards for the bride to send off for more information to the manufacturers.  It really reflects the expectations of British middle class women from that era, even the language used is very correct.  It's a fabulous social history reference, written by Dorothy Stote who was a well known authoress on matters of fashion and interior decorating, even for men!  I'm on the hunt for more of her books but yikes, they are pricey, I think I got lucky.  Take a peek...  

some of the lovely adverts

...and below is sound advice ladies, you need to listen up.  This is clearly where I keep getting it wrong...

advice for the new bride

You can of course find this book in my etsy shop....

Thanks for visiting  xx