They say that if you wait long enough, any style will come back. Eyeglass frames appear to be no exception, and at FRAMEFIXERS, we are doing our best to re-create the tools and techniques of the past. Back in the “Buddy Holly” era when almost everyone wore the black plastic frame eyeglasses or plastic “cats’-eye” eyeglasses that had either riveted hinge parts or thermal set hinge parts, every decent sized town had an Optical shop that could remove an old snapped off hinge and replace it with a fresh one.
At FRAMEFIXERS, we searched everywhere to find sources for the replacement hinges, as well as the machinery to make our own rivets, and riveting tools. The once common electrically heated tool used to heat the thermally set hinge components had to be located as well as assortments of replacement hinges. Given the cost and variety of high end design labels like Versace, Prada, Gucci, D & G, and Dior who currently make dozens of Sunglass and Prescription eyeglass frames using these riveted or thermally anchored hinge assemblies, you would be surprised to learn that most Optical shops are telling the unhappy owners of broken hinges that “no one does those repairs anymore”. At FRAMEFIXERS we are proud to tell them “Yes we do!”
Another style that went from being the predominant style in the eyeglass frame world to being almost impossible to find is cable ends on the temples. Browse through any Antique Center or Vintage Clothing store and you will see that almost every pair of those beautifully decorated and delicately framed eyeglasses had curved wire ends or “cable ends” at the end of the temple arms. We get calls every day from customers who have a cable end that broke, or need them placed on their existing eyeglass frames only to be told “No one does that work anymore”. Windsurfers, horseback riders and tennis players risked damaging or loosing their frames altogether without the security of cable ends. Once again at FRAMEFIXERS, we sought out sources for cable end stock, in may cases buying new entire frames just to get the cable ends, and the ferrules, gold solders and equipment to attach cable ends to temple arms. We have even designed and built an alignment platform with adjustable clamping heads to properly set the angle and position of cable ends while they are being welded to the temple arm ends. This alignment table has also proved itself invaluable when we repair broken nose bridge assemblies by holding the two halves of the frame in perfect relation to each other during welding. We got the idea for this table from an old photo of frame makers assembling turn-of-the-century eyeglass frames in France, back when the prescription you were given had the frame width, nose bridge width and temple arm length on the prescription, and the eyewear center made the frame to your required measurements, instead of selling you an off-the-rack pair as with frames and men’s suits today. So if you have fallen in love with a stylish eyeglass frame that has cable ends or hinges of the type that “No one works on anymore”, wear them and enjoy them as much as you wish, because as long as we are here, they can always be restored.
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