In the previous article, we discussed “Do you really understand the lenses of glasses?“. In this article, let’s talk about “How about glasses made of celluloid?”.
About celluloid glasses
In 1929, the first large-scale production of sunglasses made of celluloid was made by SamFoster, an American who ran a women's accessories company facing bankruptcy and made it convenient to use the injection molding technology used to make hairbrushes. Sunglasses made of celluloid were sold on the beach of Grand West, New Jersey, and became very popular. Indeed, celluloid glasses were once popular because of their high-cost performance, but celluloid gradually faded out of people's eyes due to its poor chemical stability, flammability, and other shortcomings, with the emergence of new materials for glasses.
The resurgence of celluloid glasses
However, in recent years, celluloid glasses have quietly returned to warm; It all started with a niche Japanese brand of handmade eyewear.
Most of Japan's top hand-made celluloid glasses are made in Mako Prefecture and are a favorite of many celebrities. Celluloid is a plasticizer with nitrocellulose as the main raw material. Cotton, pulp, and other fibers make up 70% of the raw material, which is mixed with camphor. Although the color is relatively limited, it has a unique material texture and texture, so Japanese handmade frame makers have been insisting on using it. Moreover, because celluloid is pretty stable when it dries, it can be shaped into a finer shape, keeping the frame intact even without metal leg cores.
The spirit behind celluloid glasses
Because celluloid material is flammable, it cannot be mechanized and basically needs to be created by hand, which forms a unique set of handcraft modes of Japanese crafters. Today, there are only a few celluloid factories in Japan, and the unique manual process and production are relatively small. This makes celluloid handmade glasses even rarer and more valuable. Celluloid was originally a very common and cheap material, even with a certain degree of danger, but because of the unique craftsmanship of skilled craftsmen, its performance was brought to the extreme, so that celluloid glasses became unique and sought after by some people. The material of the frame is an important factor that determines the comfort of the glasses. While ensuring comfort, people hope that the glasses can have a decorative effect and play a role in clothing matching in different scenes.
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