Making a pretty chain for Mom's eyeglasses can be a simple, personal and practical Mother's Day gift. Depending on your skill level, you could make anything from a basic beaded lanyard to something more elaborate and embellished.
Traditional chains connect to both arms of the glasses while newer styles offer a center loop on which you hang the glasses by one of their temple pieces.
"Eyeglass chains are a great way to accentuate your personality while also providing a utilitarian use," keeping glasses safe and handy, says Michelle Sacia, a craft specialist with Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores.
"Just like jewelry, eyeglass chains can be created to match your everyday style while showcasing your glasses," she says.
Lori Bergmann, who creates glass beads and custom jewelry at her studio in Maple Valley, Wash., says supplies for making eyeglass chains are readily available online and at craft stores. And depending on the style you choose, it can take only minutes to put together.
"If you can hold pliers in your hand and make a loop, you can do it," Bergmann says.
To get started, first decide on a style of chain. Look for tutorials at websites such as Pinterest.com and YouTube.com.
Once you've chosen a project, gather the necessary jewelry-making tools and supplies.