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.
Image Credit: Lake Erie Sea Glass