Beach Trips Make Good Sea Glass Pendants

sea glass pendent One of my favorite things about summer, hands down, is the beach. I grew up very close by so my summers were always very beach filled. I’ve also been very lucky that throughout my adult life, I’ve had the same privilege. I might not be as close as when I was in school, but through a little bit of coaxing I can usually get a friend with a car to take the drive to the shore.

The beach is such a wonderful place. The waves, the sand, the sun, the wind and the veritable treasures that the ocean provides is a wonderful sensory smorgasbord! I love tide pools and the small vignettes of life found within. I love picking up and looking over beautiful pebbles, shells and sea glass.

I usually don’t take any of the small treasures that I find, often admiring them then giving them back to the waves. But one time, I found this amazing piece of sea glass. It is small and rounded and it is tinted this great soft green. I’ve kept hold of it for a good long time in my jewelry box thinking that one day I’ll do something with it.

In some random internet searching I came across My Sea Jewels and Lake Erie Sea Glass (pictured above.) Both shops have great sea glass pendents, among other wonderful sea glass jewelry. I feel like it would be great to take my piece of glass and turn it into a pendent like the ones pictured in these shops. To do that I learned that I can either wire wrap the glass or I can drill a hole in it so wire can pass through it and be linked on a chain.

I found a great video on how to do wire wrapping. It’s a bit long, but accurately explains the wire wrapping process.

As for drilling into the glass itself, I came across a couple of useful links.

All of these directions give caution on speed and heat and require a special drill bit; something that I have not purchased as of yet. There is also the possibility of breaking the glass which is not something that I want to risk with the piece of glass since I have had it for so long. Have you made something out of sea glass? Have any tips and tricks for us? I think that I am going to try out the wire wrapping and see what I can do. I’ll be sure to post the results.

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Image Credit: Lake Erie Sea Glass

Written by Kelly Rand

Kelly covers visual arts in and around Washington, DC for DCist and is editor of Crafting a Green World. Kelly has also been published by Bust Magazine and you can find her byline at Indie Fixx and Etsy’s Storque and has taught in Etsy’s virtual lab on the topic of green crafting.

Kelly helps organize Crafty Bastards: Arts and Crafts Fair, one of the largest indie craft fairs on the east coast and has served on the Craft Bastard’s jury since 2007. Kelly is also co-founder of Hello Craft a nonprofit trade association dedicated to the advancement of independent crafters and the handmade movement. Kelly resides in Washington, D.C. and believes that handmade will save the world.


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  1. On the beach where my Hubby proposed there was a tonne of sea glass. I picked up a handful and when I got home I made pendants for all my girls. We picked the flattest pieces and wrapped the edges in silver. we then attached them to a piece of silver. Picture each piece in its own personalized cup. The lake Erie link has the same idea. We also did a few of the white ones on gold for our moms and grandma. I worked with a jeweler who was dating my sister at the time, so I had access to all the tools. Everyone still wears theirs. My last trip to the coast was filled with beachcombing. I love that the ocean turns garbage into something so beautiful.

  2. I love sea glass. My night stand actually has it mosaiced all over the top…but I made this back in my less-environmentally-crafty conscious high school days, and got the sea glass at the craft store. I’m so lame. 😉

  3. I have been making sea glass jewelry for over 20 years and love love love working with it. While some pieces lend themselves well to drilling, I prefer wire wrapping and setting in fine silver. To drill a really precious rare piece is to destroy it’s integrity. Wire wrapping is best and lends itself well to sea glass as shards are rarely flat or even which is required for fine setting.

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