26 Days to Go: Mercura NYC Copycat

Just because summer is technically over as of today doesn't mean we can't still channel those summer vibes!  I found these amazing Mercura NYC shades in an issue of Marie Claire a bunch of months back and I knew I had to recreate! New Dress A Day - DIY - Mercura NYC Copycat

Beachy shades come fall?  Totally bring it.

I began with a pair of plastic Wayfarer-esque shades I picked up at SXSW when I was there in March.  Free shades courtesy of YouTube are now becoming the main component of this copycat!

I popped out the lenses to avoid getting paint on the frames when I begin to change their color...

New Dress A Day - DIY - Plastic Wayfarers

...gathered my sealife beads...

New Dress A Day - DIY - Beach Scene Beads

...and started crafting!

To match the metallic nature of the original shades, I grabbed some Krylon Brushed Metallic Spray Paint in Caramel Latté and sprayed the starfish, the tiny dolphins, and the glasses frames themselves!

New Dress A Day - DIY - Stars & Dolphins

I wanted to give the shades some color texture, so I sprayed the shell beads with Krylon's Metallic Spray Paint in Copper Metallic just to adjust the metallic color palette.

New Dress A Day - DIY - Krylon Paint Party

With my beads all sprayed...

New Dress A Day - DIY - All Painted!

...I let them dry and thought about placement on the frames.

New Dress A Day - DIY - All Dry!

I popped the lenses back in the glasses...

New Dress A Day - DIY - Lens Poppin!

...grabbed my E6000 glue...

New Dress A Day - DIY - E6000

...and started to affix beads to the frames!  I took some creative liberties with these.  Aside from painting the frames gold instead of painting them black, I didn't want to completely cover all the open space on the frames.  I thought for my taste and style, keeping the bead-work solely at the top of the shades would work best.

New Dress A Day - DIY - Glue Down!

I added my starfish, dolphins, and shells, let the frames dry, and then took them for a test drive!

New Dress A Day - DIY - Finished Sunnies!

I LOVE these glasses!!

New Dress A Day - DIY - BW Shades

Chic without going overboard, no pun intended :)

New Dress A Day - DIY - After Glasses

With a little bit of spray paint, some plastic shades, and cheap plastic beads, I have a fun pair of sunnies that rival the $425 inspiration pair!

Happy Weekend Friends!