Ruined Leather Frame Spectacles

I make reproduction medieval leather-frame spectacles for historical reenactment.

This pair I forgot one step and permanently marked one of the lenses

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Step 1: How Not to Make Leather Framed Spectacles

I cut out the leather frames and get the lenses from an online company.I take the lenses out of the commercial frames. I make sure the lenses maintain the same orientation and put them in the leather frames. Then I heat them and seal the leather with beeswax.

I usually use a sharpie to put an L and an R in the middle of the lenses to make sure the orientation is correct. I usually wipe the lenses off before I bake them. This time, I forgot and baked the sharpie marks onto the plastic lenses.

I tried hairspray, WD40, but no luck. I could lighten the marks but they were still very obvious. Luckily, a new set of lenses was only $10.

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    3 years ago

    Did you ever find a way to clean off the marks? I've had good luck removing old sharpie with denatured alcohol, but I'm not sure if it would work on baked-on ink.

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    Reply 3 years ago

    nope alcohol nor acetone would work.