Scorpio Shek likes to think of his tailor-made glasses as works of art - with both the frames and lenses his canvas. 'I can make any kind of glasses, as long as customers can draw them on paper,' he said in his cluttered Tsim Sha Tsui shop. Shapes are fitted to faces and lenses sculpted and dyed to customers' specifications in his workshop, the walls of which are covered in spectacles, many of them his handiwork - and many of them eye-catching. Particularly noticeable are the carved multi-coloured spectacles. One set is adorned with pink and purple lotus flowers; another, a mermaid sitting on blue bubbles. Yet although elaborate, they are light as a feather. Such designs display Mr Shek's delicate touch, the result of an interest in carving, a skill he pursues at the feet of a master jade carver in Guangzhou every weekend. Surprised by his creativity in applying jade carving techniques to lenses, the master carver has not charged him a tuition fee. Carving patterns on lenses is now Mr Shek's signature, which he says help make his glasses pieces of art. Married to a school teacher, Mr Shek is the father of five-year-old twin girls, one of whom wants to go a step further and become an eye doctor. Mr Shek started his own optical apprenticeship in Hong Kong as a 14-year-old in 1981. Three years later, his boss told him to leave, saying he had grasped all the necessary spectacle-making skills he could teach him. Over the next 11 years, he absorbed techniques and knowledge from every teacher he met, until one day he found there was nothing left to learn. This prompted him to open his own shop to help those who wanted special frames or lenses, or just to look trendy. But Mr Shek is not just concerned with appearance. He said remodelling, including the sculpting of lenses, was done to balance the lens and help customers feel more comfortable. 'I feel sorry when I see a person wearing a pair of heavy and uncomfortable glasses. It makes me want to help them,' he said. As well as buying frames from manufacturers, he scours antique shops. This way, he has collected a wide range of old frames, many of them created by great designers and now out of production. Mr Shek said the antique designs had had a big influence on his own glasses. At first, his friends were his customers, but then his reputation spread and he started to attract new clients, including local and overseas celebrities. He now counts members of the Taiwanese band F4 and singer William So Wing-hong among his clientele.