Back in 2013, when the Dazzling Dollar Store Sunglasses tutorial was first posted, this blog was brand new.  In fact, it was one of the first tutorials I had ever posted on the site.  I thought it would be fun to take a look back and revisit this fun little project.

Swarovski will be attending the Bead & Button show at the beginning of June and is generously hosting a Make-n-Take that Shipwreck Beads is sponsoring.  That project will be none other than embellished rhinestone sunglasses!  I had to whip up a few samples for them to display at their booth and I thought I would share the pairs I made with you here on the blog!

View the original post to see the full tutorial but it’s really simple.  All you have to do is glue your desired rhinestones in place!  Easy as that!  I used both regular flat backs and Hot Fix stones but I attached the Hot Fix stones with E-6000 instead of the heat tool.


We picked up a few different styles of sunglasses to play with and I love this swirly purple pair.  I decided to keep this one fairly simple and applied ombre purple crystals to just the arm part of the frame.  For this pair, I used an SS20 size rhinestone in Light Amethyst, Tanzanite, and Amethyst.


This pair was a lot of fun to make and took a little bit of planning.  You should know by now how much I hate planning, but since I was making a specific pattern I had to know the exact amount of crystals that would fit inside the lens.  It was 33, in case you are curious but I ended up using 32 crystals instead.  Two crystals each of eight different colors were used to complete the pattern and the pattern was repeated twice.  I used an SS16 size crystal in the following colors: Crystal AB, Light Siam, Sun, Citrine, Peridot, Light Sapphire, Cobalt, and Tanzanite.


We have a lot of different Swarovski Crystal flat back stones, including these Hot Fix Hearts.  As I mentioned before, I did not use the heat tool to affix these to the glasses.  I just glued them with E-6000 and they hold up just fine.  These large crystal hearts are a little more expensive but as you can see, you don’t need many for them to make an impact.  I also used a few SS20 size rhinestones in classic Crystal, for a little extra sparkle.


The Flame flat back stone is brand new from Swarovski’s latest launch.  It’s such a gorgeous shape and comes in three colors, Crystal AB, Fire Opal, and Siam.  I used each of the three sizes and added some SS16 and SS20 sized round flat backs to complete this pair.  This shape is extremely hard to photograph correctly and can look different colors depending on lighting and angle.  Pinks, purples, blues, and yellows are all present in this fabulous Crystal AB stone.


This pair is by far my favorite.  The faux wood frames look awesome with the Swarovski Pearl Cabochons.  I used an SS16 size pearl for the bulk of the frame and used three SS34 pearls in either corner as a focal.  All of the flat back pearls are Hot Fix, but again, you do not need to use the heat tool, since E-6000 will secure them just fine.  Isn’t the combination of the pearls and wood just adorable? I’m in love!

I had just as much fun working on this project this time around as I did three years ago when the original tutorial is posted.  It is a perfect beginner project and is great for all ages.  I imagine my teenage sisters and 10 year old daughter would LOVE to do something like this.  It’s a great way to take a cheap, basic pair of sunglasses and turn them into something really amazing.

If you are in Milwalkee, WI in the beginning of June, be sure to stop by the Bead & Button show and check out the Swarovski booth to make your own pair of blinged out sunglasses.  Stay tuned to our Facebook page, where we will be posting more details about the Make-n-Take as the event gets closer!


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