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Tutorial : Faux Sea Glass Jewelry with Transferred Images!


You can certainly decoupage images on larger bits of sea glass (or faux sea glass), especially the common and less interesting white ones. But I much prefer Mark Montano's easy faux sea glass jewelry tutorial because he transfers just the colored parts of the image. This gives a more translucent effect than the straight decoupage technique as you can still see the frosted glass.

He uses the wet sponge method of removing the paper on which the image was printed. Once transferred and dried, the images are sealed with a matte spray sealer. The other option is to add a layer of resin if the sea glass is flat enough.

I like how he chose leaf images which really look good on the sea glass. Hope you will be on a look out for sea glass on your next vacation if you happen to be near the sea or the Great Lakes.



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12 comments:

  1. Looks like a good project, but maybe should not have been called "sea glass" as it's tumbled frosted glass. Sea glass has been in the sea.

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    1. You are absolutely right! I have corrected my post to read "faux" sea glass. But if you have real sea glass, go for it!

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  2. Well this sure caught my attention! I love sea glass! I have a lot of it that I've picked up during my travels. I've got it separated into location as well.
    So seeing this made me think of far more I can do with it!

    I love the fact that taking regular glass and smashing it up and adding sand and water to the mixture will give you sea glass. How brilliant is that!

    The only thing about Mark's tutorial is his loading of his tumbler. My tumbler is rated for 3 lbs. I have to weigh it when loaded to ensure that I haven't exceeded the 3 lbs.

    I think people need to be aware of that.

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  4. His technique makes me want to go hunting for some sea glass. I have seen it for sale before, but I really couldn’t visualize how I could use it. I am glad you are showing us all these neat ideas, Pearl! You’re a doll! Thank you 🙏.

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    1. Well, if you can't get hold of real sea glass, do what he does and make faux sea glass.

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  5. This is an interesting and cool idea but it just takes too many materials and tools to get it done. It would be probably easier to cast in resin. Depends on what materials you have in hand though!

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    1. It depends. Some people don't want to work with resin!

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  6. I will certainly give it a go as I have some less interesting pieces in my sea glass collection :)

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  7. I have never found sea glass on any beach I've visited. :( now i could make faux sea glass... if I had all the equipment. I do love the look, and agree, the leaf images are beautiful. thanks for introducing me to this technique.

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    1. It depends on where you look! But I agree, real sea glass is hard to find!

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