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Salt Pan Creations

Salt Pan Creations

After my first few months as an Optician, I wanted to get a better understanding of how much heat/bending a frame can take.  I have a large bin labeled “Frame Graveyard” to which I keep frame parts for those times when a frame repair is a little more complicated and I need a temporary (in some cases a more long-term) fix. 

I began taking scrap frames and melted and reshaped them.  With some additional hot glue, half-marbles, and lenses I’ve custom cut (for the teeth on the bottom “face”), I’ve made probably a dozen different creations.  I’ve had requests for a pin-backing on the butterfly shapes for recycled jewelry (which I LOVE). 

I find that as I’ve gained more experience as an Optician, I’ve actually gotten busier (rather, happily taken on more projects) so I don’t have as much “play time” as I used to.  I am still wildly fascinated with plastic frames though… I love luscious colors and patterns and am always searching for different materials and treatments.

To Wood or Not To Wood?

To Wood or Not To Wood?

The Borderland Between Dream and Memory [Heather Stearns]

The Borderland Between Dream and Memory [Heather Stearns]