What makes a frame?

THE CELLULOSE ACETATE STORY

It's not immaterial...

... you've probably heard of cellulose acetate, but probably haven't a clue what it is and how it is related to spectacle making?

By having a look at the science behind cellulose we explain what this material is and why it's so good for making high-quality glasses. Acetate glasses are made from a bioplastic called cellulose acetate. This material is a natural compound which derives from the fibers in cotton 'bolls' or wood pulp. Due to their high levels of cellulose, wood or cotton are both excellent sources which are cultivated, refined and mixed with acetic acid to make the sheet material, cellulose acetate.

Since the 1940’s, cellulose acetate has been marketed using various trade-names - Zylonite, Zylo, Zyl, Celluloid etc. but regardless of name, the material itself was always made using cellulose, deriving from wood pulp or cotton bolls.


Field to Factory... then for some colour.

We won't bore you with too many details but your frames commenced life naturally. In a field or wood the fibers are refined to create cellulose acetate. At this stage of its journey the material is like playdough, and is colorless. At this stage disperse dyes are used to bring a consistent color to the material. 

Once the material is dyed then the acetate compound is placed into large box-shaped moulds and produces This is the process known as casting which produces block acetate before cutting. Once in blocks he acetate can chipped (tiny coloured pellets that can be heated and interspersed with other colours of acetate as  to create imitation tortoise shell) or cut into single sheets. Single colour or chipped acetate blocks are then sliced into sheets of acetate.


A Slice of Life... and hello frames

From there the cellulose acetate then goes through a further forty processes to create the perfect handcrafted frames. From machining and cutting, to boring and riveting, followed by a a curving, blasting and polishing process. So you would probably ask why when something takes so long to craft would we use such a material. Well simply because it's the best for you, us and the environment.

BETTER FOR YOU

  Because it is a material made from natural fibers its the best for your skin. It is one of the highest rating non allergenic’s in the world & has a feel that can only be described as “natural”. In addition to this its lightweight & durable, making it comfortable and dependable. 

BETTER FOR US

  Cellulose Acetate is the finest material for making eyewear frames. It is soft & malleable & feels nice on your skin. It takes on rich and complex colour treatments & presents well in Gloss & Matte finishes, meaning that is great for designing & crafting the perfect frames by us, for you.

BETTER FOR EVERYONE

Cellulose acetate is a substance that is derived from the naturally occurring organic compound - cellulose. It is the main structural ingredient of plants & is considered to be the most common organic compound on Earth. Its Bio Degradable & from a renewable source, so it's great for the environment.