How to Bling your Sunglasses

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You can't have too much bling.
You can't have too much bling. (Image: Photos.com/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images)

Bling seems to be everywhere. Cell phone cases, iPod cases, T-shirts, jackets, your front teeth -- you name it, it's apt to be covered with shiny bling. Most of the stuff is pretty expensive, so you might want to try your hand at blinging up a pair of your drab, dark sunglasses. Save some money and glue some multi-faceted lead crystals, such as Swarovski crystals, to your shades.

Things You'll Need

  • Sunglasses
  • Crystals, various sizes from 3 mm to 6 mm
  • Tweezers
  • Toothpicks
  • CD case (optional)
  • Jewelry/craft glue, such as E-6000

Purchase a new pair of sunglasses. They don't have to be a name brand, just find a pair that fits your face well and has enough surface area for the crystals.

Lay out your crystals, toothpicks, paper napkins and glue in front of you. An old CD case makes a great surface for the puddle of glue that you'll need.

Decide where to put the crystals, such as along the top and both sides, and three on the nose bridge. You can do as much or as little as you want.

Squeeze out a small dab of glue onto a piece of cardboard or on the used CD. Dab a little bit of glue onto the toothpick. Holding the crystal with the tweezers, rub a little glue on the bottom of the crystal and then place it on your glasses. Attach all your crystals, making sure that each crystal is touching the next one and you have a straight line. Remember to wipe off your toothpick after every use.

Set your glasses to the side and let them dry for 24 hours. Clean your glasses the next day and go out and show off your new bling.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you get glue on the front of the crystal, don't use it and get another one, or it will always look cloudy.
  • Glue will dry quickly. Use only a little bit at a time and replenish it often. It will also set up if you leave it uncapped. If the glue becomes jelly-like, squeeze out a new dab.
  • Work slowly and take your time.
  • Make sure you are using real lead crystals, not plastic or vinyl.

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