An Easy Jewelry Project-Optical Lens Necklace 

Optical necklace.

What you will need:


Optician’s trial lens

Isopropol alcohol

Lintless cloth or towel

Small rubberstamp

Permanent ink (Stazon works well)

Heat tool

Krylon clear coat acrylic sealer

Ball chain or other type of necklace (could use leather, satin cord or other chain)

Zipper pull or jump ring



1.                   Clean the lens thoroughly with isopropol alcohol using a lintless cloth or towel. Let dry. After cleaning, take care to handle the lens by the metal rim or tab so as not to deposit oils from your fingers onto the glass. This is important in getting a clear impression on the glass.

2.                   Apply permanent ink to the rubberstamp. (Be sure to choose an image that fits the size of the glass lens.) While the ink is still wet, if you are not happy with your stamping, you can clean the lens again and start over.

3.                   Let dry naturally (it may take a while) or you can speed up the process by using your heat tool.

4.                   If you want to stamp additional images on the glass, you must do so before sealing which is the next step. Stamp additional images using permanent ink and let dry.

5.                   When the ink is dry, spray with Krylon clear coat acrylic sealer. (Note that this should be used outdoors or in a well-ventilated area. I spray mine outside on my porch on a piece of corrugated cardboard.) Apply a second coat, if needed.

6.                   Attach zipper pull or jump ring to the “handle” of the optical lens.

7.                   Thread ball chain through the zipper pull or jump ring.

8.                   Voila! Wear with pride!


I like that you can still see through the image but if you don’t like this, you can paint the opposite side of the glass with glass paints. Glass paints are available in most craft stores (such as Michael’s). Follow the directions for the specific type of paint that you’re using, but paint generally must be thoroughly air dried (usually at least 45 minutes) and then baked in the oven for a permanent, washable surface. Glass paints are available in many colors and are either translucent (meant to be applied to glass) or opaque (which are usually applied to other kinds of ceramics like cups, bowls, etc.).


As another alternative, you can also “frost” the other side. I recently saw a spray for doing this at JoAnn’s fabric store but have not yet tried it and am not sure of how permanent this is (it appears to be the same stuff used to stencil snowflake and other designs on windows).