Acetate frames: the stuff of Lego legend

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Your exposure to acetate might be one limited to your grade eight design class task: turning a piece of this colourful plastic into a keyring from your elaborate first sketches made for a valuable life lesson in expectations versus reality.

Cellulose acetate is the plastic used to make some glasses frames. Plastic frames in bold and vintage looks are extremely popular right now. But they’re not only fashion-orientated; acetate frames can also be awesome for spec-wearers with metal allergies.

Aside from being used to craft Lego blocks (until 1963), acetate has some pretty nifty features!

– Acetate comes in high gloss, solid (like The Full Bench) or translucent styles (like The Gradient 4). It’s colourfast and can be melted into layers, meaning the front of the glasses can be a different colour to the back like a bad-ass rainbow (see the The Lipari and The Bower). For our most plastic fantastic pair, The Deep Blue are fabulously chunky and make a quite the acetate statement.

– Acetate spectacles are lightweight and have moulded nose pads, meaning that there are no annoying moveable bits. Although, if you have a narrow or low-set nose you might need to get some little stick-on silicone nose pads (like these ones) to adjust the fit.

– Acetate frames can be heated up and bent to fit you, just ask Sneaking Duck or your local optician for their assistance (then shout them a coffee!).

– The hinge of an acetate frame is likely to be melted into the frame front and temples. This means that the hinge could fracture while base jumping off Everest (AKA when you sit on your glasses), but don’t worry; there are companies who do special plastic welding if you want your beloved frames fixing!

Check out the Sneaking Duck range of acetate frames. Order a few pairs to try at home for FREE, or use our virtual mirror.

Image credit: Thanks to Marybeth S for the image off Flickr!

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