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    Artsy stuff

    How about using colored nylon for semi-rimless frames? Anyone doing that?

    How about doing a painted groove on rimless frames? Anyone doing that?

    How about fashion tints (the cafe tints of yore)? Anyone doing that?

    It seems like a colorful world, right now.

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    Yes! we have been doing that for years...

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    Once in a blue moon I will do it. I don't have a display out or anything, maybe I should. Tinting is always fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drk View Post
    How about using colored nylon for semi-rimless frames? Anyone doing that?

    How about doing a painted groove on rimless frames? Anyone doing that?

    How about fashion tints (the cafe tints of yore)? Anyone doing that?

    It seems like a colorful world, right now.
    All the above along with custom shapes, facets and stone inlays too. I haven't stopped doing these since the late '70's. Yea, I'm old....

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    Anyone know where to source the colorful nylon string? Hilco?

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    Quote Originally Posted by drk View Post
    Anyone know where to source the colorful nylon string? Hilco?
    Yeah they definitely have it

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    Quote Originally Posted by drk View Post
    Anyone know where to source the colorful nylon string? Hilco?
    Take your 25 lb monofilament, cut off sections and drop them in the dye pot. Make whatever colors you want.

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    +1 kwill212, I remember when companies would send assorted colored mono filaments, with their rimlon frames

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    Back in the day when crown glass was the lens material of choice we frequently sent rimless eyewear out to this local craftsman, Pepi Herrmann, for custom engraving and etching. Some of his work was stunning.

    Here is his web site: http://www.handcut.com/ It's nice to see that he is still around but I dont think that he would be interested in working with plastics nor do I think that you could afford it.

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    I might get some of his non optical stuff baker! Very cool.

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    Redhot Jumper If it is a Nylon thread, dye will not penetrate ........................

    Quote Originally Posted by Kwill212 View Post

    Take your 25 lb monofilament, cut off sections and drop them in the dye pot. Make whatever colors you want.

    If it is a Nylon thread, dye will not penetrate into the material and flake off faster than you can think.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Ryser View Post
    If it is a Nylon thread, dye will not penetrate into the material and flake off faster than you can think.
    Nylon monofilament fishing line ABSORBS water. So yes dye will penetrate it, and it does not flake off. I have done it many times myself, and it has never flaked off.

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    Blue Jumper


    DID YOU KNOW?

    Monofilament fishing lines absorb water, which means they behave differently beneath the surface than when you’re testing them in the tackle shop.
    The degree varies. Some are sponges, sopping up 8 percent or more of their weight in water. Premium blends absorb less, but still soak up some.
    In general, water absorption makes mono "looser," or more relaxed than when the line is dry. It stretches more, handles better and casts farther. On the flip side, abrasion resistance tends to suffer, along with both tensile and shock strength.


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    Quote Originally Posted by drk View Post
    How about using colored nylon for semi-rimless frames? Anyone doing that?

    How about doing a painted groove on rimless frames? Anyone doing that?

    How about fashion tints (the cafe tints of yore)? Anyone doing that?

    It seems like a colorful world, right now.
    I do a lot of the painted grooves and some fashion tinting. Too often I seem to be doing the painting of three or four pairs at 3:00-5:00 AM before I go to bed -- not a healthy schedule but the work must get done!

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    Redhot Jumper doing the painting of three or four pairs at 3:00-5:00 AM .........................

    Quote Originally Posted by jefe View Post

    I do a lot of the painted grooves and some fashion tinting. Too often I seem to be doing the painting of three or four pairs at 3:00-5:00 AM before I go to bed -- not a healthy schedule but the work must get done!

    ........................I am in the same boat. Fall asleep watching TV, and wake up at any time of the night and can t sleep no more and go to my home office and the computer, and here I am at 1.29 am winter time.
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    We've also found that a good quality nail polish will stay forever in a poly or plastic groove. The colors are endless and it's much cheaper than "groove" paint.

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    Once I grabbed glow in the dark fishing line and didn't realize it until a patient came back and told me his glasses glowed in the dark.
    What is reality but a concept unique to each of us? Can anything be classed as real when our perceptions differ greatly on so many things? Just because we see something a particular way does not make it so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smallworld View Post
    Once I grabbed glow in the dark fishing line and didn't realize it until a patient came back and told me his glasses glowed in the dark.
    That sounds like fun!
    Have I told you today how much I hate poly?

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