Imagine that you’re walking along the beach on a gorgeous sunny day when something shimmery in the wet sand catches your eye. At first you think it might be a rock, still glistening from the tide that washed it in. But as you get closer, you see that it’s really more of a gem. Not a gem in the precious stone sense, but in that “Wow, I just found something really special!” way. It’s sea glass–the smooth, frosty product of broken glass left to tumble in the waves. Collectors scavenge the shores to find these tiny treasures, and some creative beachcombers even turn bits of found sea glass into beautiful jewelry pieces. Since we recently expanded our own collection of sea and beach glass designs, we decided to learn a little more about the glass “gems” at the center of these wearable works of art. Read on for a few of the uncommon facts we found about sea glass.
Unnoticeably standard earrings receded into the background and so-called c?ffas attracted attention. They are more like clips, because they do not need to have pierced ears for their use. They come in different forms, but the principle of wearing is one – they cling to upper part of ears. Caffas can be both miniature – for daytime walks, and evening – with lengthened chains and additional elements. Do not forget that in this season you need to wear massive jewelry. So, when choosing a caffa, pay attention to the volumetric decorated products. They should be bright, with large stones and ornaments. It should be noted that the models on the shows of some designers, went to the podium with only one earring in the ears. This adds to the girl both charisma and mystery. It is necessary to pay attention to the fact that the decorations in this season are very massive, which means that they can pull ears and damage lobes. Therefore, for prevention, it is sometimes better to wear earrings, made out of medical steel. If we still remember about earrings, then in this season will be popular earrings in the form of a cascade or long chains, decorated with colorful glass elements. Attention is also paid to the floral ornament, which has become less elegant and more cumbersome, but still attracts views.
Two years ago, I attended the annual Great Lakes Beach Glass & Coastal Arts Festival in Erie, Pennsylvania. Located in the Bayfront Convention Center next to the Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel (which offers incredible views of the bay and Presque Lake Isle State Park on a clear day) the festival draws visitors and collectors from around the country.
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The sponge allows the beach glass piece to be submerged when drilling, keeping the glass temperature down to prevent shattering and also helping to wash away the glass debris.
For thicker pieces use a good amount of pressure to drill about 3/4 of the way through the glass, then turn the glass over and drill from the other side.
1. You’ll be drilling under water (more on that below). Electricity and water do not mix. Thus, if you’re working with a corded Dremel or a similar tool in which the power supply is close to the drill bit, be very cautious not to submerge your tool.
For thinner pieces be careful not to use as much pressure as they will can easily break in half.
I recommend using a Dremel brand diamond drill bit that can be purchased at the local hardware store (Dremel Diamond Point 7134). They run about $9 each but are very durable. The size of hole you desire will determine the size of bit you purchase.
As you continue, experiment with twisting and looping the wire. Incorporate charms or beads. Use different colored wire to add design. Weave in and out of wire passes. This is art – there are no rules!
With gorgeous color photographs and step-by-step instructions, this book teaches the essential skills, like drilling glass, wire wrapping, and texturing metal, to turn your beach-found bounty into attractive accessories, including: