Some hobbyists might already be familiar with micarta, a solid material made from layers of denim that have been bonded together with resin. While it's usually carved to create objects such as knife handles, UK startup Mosevic is using a micarta-like substance to make something else – blue jeany-looking sunglasses.
Mosevic co-founder Jack Spencer tells us that his company's Solid Denim isn't exactly the same as micarta.
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This is partially due to the fact that instead of simply being produced in the form of a block that's then carved, Solid Denim's individual layers are selectively laid down to form the glasses frames right from the start – differing numbers of layers are used in different areas, depending on the desired thickness. Additionally, instead of having a glossy finish overall, the frames are smooth on the inside but retain a rougher denim-like texture on the exterior.
The end result is a frame that's reportedly quite strong. Similar claims are made by the creators of Denimite, another micarta-like material that's made from resin combined with shredded jean fibers, as opposed to intact sheets of denim.
Solid Denim sunglasses are being made in three unisex styles and three color schemes, all of which will feature polarized Carl Zeiss Vision lenses in a choice of brown or grey. They're currently the subject of a Kickstarter campaign, with a pledge of £99 (about US$150) getting you a pair, when and if they reach production.
More information is available in the following video.
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