Monday, February 11, 2013

More Sea Glass Jewelry Tutorials

When it is too cold to go outside is a good time to reminisce over your previous summer holidays and maybe plot your next one. Even better if you have a project to do to preserve summer memories.  Here are more sea glass jewelry tutorials for all you hoarders out there!


If you can drill holes in the sea glass pieces yourself, try making a wire crochet necklace (above) as shown by Cyndi Lavin's tutorial over on Beading Arts.  You can purchase frosted fake sea glass beads too if you don't have any real ones on hand.

One way to avoid having to drill is to wire wrap large pieces of sea glass.  I have covered the tutorials before (see links below) but here is a lovely video tutorial by Gayle Bird.


She demonstrates a really easy way of making a wire cage by using wire twists.  Just make sure you start off with a generous length of wire because it is difficult to predict how much you need with such an informal method. She introduce kinks in the wire which are necessary to tighten the "cage". They do add charm to the design.




Not everyone can drill holes in sea glass nor do the wire work, so check out this even easier solution!  Just glue the pieces onto a disc and loop bracelet. This works also if the sea glass fragments are too small to drill or wire wrap.  The idea is from Martha Stewart.com


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5 comments :

Willi said...

Great tutorials! I love the easy way of gluing on a ready- made bracelet form. Sea glass is difficult to get now. Another alternative is to buy tumbled waste glass from shops that blow glass by hand. You can get some very pretty colors that are difficult to find in nature (e.g., reds).

Pearl Blay said...

Great tip, Willi! Instead of gluing, one can use resin clay too.

BetteJo said...

Especially love that top necklace! Beautiful!

Almost Precious said...

As Willi mentioned, sea glass is getting scarce and no longer easily found washed up on our beaches. Perhaps that means people are more careful with their waste and are recycling more - which is a good thing.
Still, there is something beautiful and special about glass that's been tumbled and abraded by sea and sand.

Pearl Blay said...

Alas, it's not so much that we are recycling in that we now use more plastic. It is a source of growing concern that plastic in the oceans just get broken up into itty bitty pieces which are then eaten by fish and so on. And some of the fish we eat!

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