I wear glasses to use a computer, and also distance glasses for driving and watching TV. Recently the hinge broke in my computer glasses case and the only other one I could find was identical to the case I keep my distance glasses in – blue with an orange lining. After a week of picking up the wrong case 50% of the time, I decided to do something about it.
I would have liked to have removed the lining from one of the cases so that I could then cover the outside with fabric, tucking the raw edges neatly to the inside before hiding them by replacing the lining. Unfortunately, the lining material is a flimsy (but velvety) plastic that is well stuck down and I have little doubt that it would break if I tried to lever it out. So I thought about decoupage instead.
I started by painting the top half of the case with white acrylic paint, just the cheap type that comes in a big tube for kids to use, not proper artists’ paint. It took four coats to cover the blue colour, and the optician’s name, but I was pleased to find that the paint adhered well and didn’t flake off. (I did clean the case thoroughly first.)
Once I had a white background, I stuck on some colourful umbrellas cut from the outer layer of a cocktail napkin. It’s quite easy to separate the layers of a paper napkin to leave just the top layer that bears the printed design. It’s such thin tissue that it can be persuaded to stick around a curved surface smoothly if you use a glue with a high water content and take a little time over it. I used dilute PVA to stick the umbrellas down, painting it onto the back of them before lifting each one into place and smoothing it down with a soft brush. I wasn’t as careful as I would have been had I been decoupaging a gift for someone and there are a few creases and tears, but they aren’t obvious.
When they were dry I painted on a layer of PVA over the whole top shell of the case, followed by two more coats, allowing plenty of drying time between them. The coloured tissue is thin enough for the end result to be fairly smooth without the need for lots and lots of protective layers.
Result! I now have a much prettier glasses case and I no longer get it confused with the other one. I might have to decoupage that too if I can find a napkin with a different design on it.
The really good news this week is that my dear husband and I have both had our first Covid vaccinations, a good month to 6 weeks earlier than we were expecting. It feels like the beginning of the end even though nothing has actually changed in terms of what we can and can’t do. The weather has got a lot milder too. Suddenly everything seems brighter.