Not too long ago when I was stumbling around online I saw some neon sunglasses that I totally fell in love with. Now, if you know me, you know I dig the sunglasses! Miroslava Duma was wearing these killer specs with neon yellow fronts and white arms.
Oh, goodness did I love those neon sunglasses. But since they were on on Miss Duma and featured in Harper’s Bazaar told me one thing quite simply. Even if I found them I could never afford them.
When I looked a bit closer (so that I could totally rip them off!) I realized that the frames were a bit interesting, a bit oddly shaped. And I know from experience with my one and only pair of sunglasses with shaped frames that I didn’t like them.
I have two styles that I rock, plain and simple. Wayfarers or oversized and rounded. So I kept my eyes peeled for a pair of white sunglasses that I liked the shape and fit of and when I found them I snapped them up. Oddly enough, they were actually at a $1 jewelry store. Yep, they cost me a cool buck! Add in a bottle of $2 nail polish and well, designer they ain’t but I’m rockin’ them all over town anyway!
For this project you will need:
- white, plastic frame sunglasses
- neon yellow fingernail polish
- spray polyeurethane (to protect the paint)
- lots of good quality masking tape
- X-acto knife with a brand, new blade
Normally I’m using a grotty old blade with rust on them in my tutorials. But I must insist that you use a fresh and very sharp blade for this project.
Take small pieces of tape by tearing off of the roll.
Overlap the tape on the lens and the plastic of the frame. Carfully trim slightly above the lip of the frames.
Use the back end of the knife to shove the edge of the tape UNDER the plastic of the frame.
This process takes some practice but it’s worth it in the end. Do you want sunglasses that look like you slapped some fingernail polish on them or do you want a nice, crisp job that looks anything but homemade?
Tape up both sides of the lenses and the arms.
Now you know how when you paint your nails and you keep jacking with them while the’re trying to dry and they get bristle marks in them? The same thing is going to happen here. To avoid I painted in small sections and waited until dry to paint another small section immediately next to it.
All in all, it took me 3 coats of nail polish, approximately half of the bottle until I was happy with the coverage. When fully dry, take and spray the frames with polyurethane to protect the finish and keep your nail polish from chipping. Because we all know that nail polish inevitably chips!
Wait a day or so to ensure that your top coat is fully dry and you don’t get any fingerprints on your glasses. Carefully remove your tape.
And here they are! I’m so very, very happy with how they turned out. They aren’t transparent neon like my inspiration but these are wearable, cheap and perfectly suited to my style.
And if you don’t dig neon yellow, you can rock any color you please. After all, nail polish only comes in a bazillion colors! Happy Friday :)