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My beloved grandfather passed away 23 years ago. I was only 12 years old when this special person in my life died. However, this man taught me so many things during the few years I spent with him. My grandfather was also an accomplished guitarist. A few months ago, I visited the home he shared with my grandmother. While searching through his old belongings, I found a guitar pick. To keep the memory of my grandfather alive, I want to make a necklace out of this special token from my grandfather’s past. On this blog, you will discover how to make jewelry items from guitar picks.

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Making Sure Those Wood-Frame Glasses Last

by Priscilla Gray

Wood-frame glasses are sustainable, environmentally friendly options for people who want to avoid plastic as much as possible. But they are definitely a different world, including in terms of care. Plastic frames have improved to the point where they are flexible yet still tough, so care for those is quite different than what wooden frames require. The good news is that wooden frames don't require anything out of this world in order to keep them in great shape.

Always Store These in a Hard Case

Always store frames made of wood in a hard case. While it can be tempting to place the glasses in your shirt pocket or toss them onto your table when you get home, you have to remember that the frames are stiff and can break. When those glasses aren't on your face, and they aren't on a counter drying out after cleaning or rain exposure, you need to store them in a protective hard case that will prevent damage if the glasses fall or if someone sits on them. Plastic frames and lenses might simply bounce if you drop them, but those have been engineered to have some give. If you've decided to go with natural wood frames, then you need to protect the wood.

Do You Need to Reapply a Coating?

The wood frames you receive will not be raw wood. They will either be sealed against water intrusion with a sealant that the wood absorbs, or they will have a layer of beeswax on them. Beeswax will need reapplication periodically. Be sure you know how much you need to use and how often to reapply it, as well as whether there are any circumstances in which you'll need to apply it early. For example, if you accidentally chip one of the arms of the frames, and the frames are still usable, you may have to seal the chip with beeswax.

Handling Water

Find out just how water-resistant the wood is. For many frames, you don't want to wash them in water with soap like you can with plastic frames. You may need a wood-specific cleaner, which you should be able to get from the frame company. Also find out how best to dry the frames if they've gotten soaked in rain or fallen into water -- this will vary by maker because it depends on their sealing process. Obviously, you'll need to air-dry the frames, but -- for example -- if the frames are sealed well, you may just be able to wipe them off. Other frames may need to sit in a warm, dry place for several hours.

Wood frames are versatile and sleek, and they really are easy to care for. They're simply different from plastic frames, so you need to be sure you know what to do to make them last.

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