Sea Glass Art – Custom Sea Glass Art & Framing

I’ve been doing a bit of indulging myself lately, focusing more on sea glass art than jewelry. While I enjoy creating both, I really enjoy creating art, especially playing with the frames. I like to customize each one, refinishing them to enhance the overall piece. It is the perfect finishing touch and really adds to the uniqueness of each one.

Custom sea glass art created by Sea Glass Visions

Custom sea glass art created by Sea Glass Visions

This is a very simple design, and one created by many sea glass artisans, flowers. It’s my first piece creating flowers. I made it even more unique using aqua sea glass and hand finishing the frame. I also added a sweet bumble bee with glittering wings. I used sea glass that I handpicked in Northern California and yes, that is a small piece of sea pottery used as the center of the larger flower.

This piece is available for sale locally at EL & Company, an artisan shop in Pasadena, Maryland.

 

Sea Glass Bracelets – Mermaid Jewelry – Nautical Jewelry

This is “what’s on my workbench” today. Adorable “Soul of a Mermaid~Mouth of a Sailor” charms on adjustable bracelets. These and other designs are also available in my Etsy Shop! They are created with jewelry quality California sea glass and high quality jewelry findings.

Genuine Sea Glass and Mermaid Bracelets by Sea Glass Visions

Genuine Sea Glass and Mermaid Bracelets by Sea Glass Visions

These are similar to my “Mermaid Soul” bracelet recently featured in Glassing Magazine, The Mermaid Issue, May/June 2018.

Sometimes It’s Hard to Let Go…

This is the outcome of the sea glass art project I wrote about in my prior post …

Sea Glass Love by SeaGlassVisions

And I couldn’t have been happier! Not only did I change the paint color on the frame, I changed the sea glass “LOVE” letters too. That fabulous cobalt blue “o” is actually an old light bulb insulator. This is truly a one-of-a-kind piece.

I posted this picture on my SeaGlassVisions Facebook page and had a purchase request within a few hours. HonestIy I wasn’t even sure I wanted to sell it, but the request came from someone who I have met, who has purchased jewelry from me, and who wanted it for her sister.  How could I say no?

And, we should always “share the love” in whatever form it takes.

Sea Glass Jewelry the Perfect Gift for Valentine’s Day

OK you guys, it’s February 4th and the pressures on! Just kidding, but, Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and your Sweetheart will be expecting something unique, thoughtful and beautiful. How about a unique one-of-a-kind gift created with sea glass?  There is no gal out there who wouldn’t love a beautiful piece of sea glass jewelry.

Valentines Day Jewelry by SeaGlassVisions

These fabulous sea glass pendant and earring sets are created with jewelry quality sea glass and sterling silver. The beautiful hearts are pewter. They are certainly one-of-a-kind and beautiful!

side street jan 28 18 heart set two

The “xoxo” and “loved” charms are sterling silver, as are the necklaces. All of these pendants and earrings have been created with amazing pastel sea glass handpicked by me in California. These pendants have been best sellers for the Valentine’s Day!

side street jan 28 18 pendants

Some of these designs are available locally at two artisan shops, Side Street Framers & Gift Gallery in Severna Park, Maryland and EL & Co. in Pasadena, Maryland. There are more beautiful sea glass jewelry sets, perfect for Valentine’s Day gifts available in my Etsy shop.

Creating Sea Glass Jewelry and New Year Resolutions

I’ve been creating sea glass jewelry and art for almost six years now and naturally have collected lots and lots of beads along the way.  I’ve purchased beads at bead shows, at Michael’s and A.C. Moore, at bead shops in Colorado, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maryland, purchased online from a variety of sources and have purchased finished jewelry items to re-purpose the beads. I now have twenty full bead boxes full of fun and colorful beads.  I decided that one of my New Year resolutions should be using beads I haven’t used in a long time.

Since the New Year I have been focusing on creating sea glass jewelry sets, so I decided to combined the two and create new sea glass pendant and earring sets along with beads I haven’t used in a long time. I’m thrilled with the results!

Sea Glass Jewelry Set

The beads I used were from a finished piece of jewelry.  The fabulous cornflower blue sea glass is from California.  The green set earrings are created with sea glass from California and the pendant is sea glass from the Bahamas that was found by a friend.

Creating Jewelry Sets with Fabulous Colorful Jewelry Quality Sea Glass

It isn’t often that I get a chance to make matching pendant and earrings sets, but I have been putting some glass aside for a while now and figured the New Year was the perfect time to start! I used some fabulous jewelry quality lavender sea glass and amazing yellow and pink pastels along with some cornflower blue rims. All of this jewelry is available in my Etsy shop!

Pastel Sea Glass Pendant & Earring Set by SeaGlassVisions

Pastel Sea Glass Pendant & Earring Set by SeaGlassVisions

Above: This lovely jewelry quality pastel sea glass is on sterling silver.

Below: Amazing lavender jewelry quality sea glass accented with Italian glass beads on sterling silver.

Lavender Sea Glass Pendant & Earring Set Created by SeaGlassVisions

Lavender Sea Glass Pendant & Earring Set Created by SeaGlassVisions

Sea Glass Snowflake Ornaments

Every year I enjoy creating Christmas ornaments with my sea glass. While my sea glass and sand filled ornaments, mentioned in the post below, are always popular sellers, it’s fun to create new items. This year it’s my Vermont Inspired Snowflakes.

Lovely Handmade Sea Glass Snowflake Ornaments by Sea Glass Visions

Lovely Handmade Sea Glass Snowflake Ornaments by Sea Glass Visions

I have based these keepsake ornaments on the photography of Wilson “Snowflake” Bentley who lived in Jericho, Vermont. In 1885 Wilson Bentley took the first photograph of a single snowflake crystal.  In his life he took over 5,000 photos and found no two to be exactly alike.

These unique snowflakes are created with a generous eighteen pieces of sea glass that was handpicked by me from the shore at Fort Bragg, California. I use a variety of decorative pearl beads, crystal beads and metal accents. They hang from a white ribbon.

These sea glass snowflake ornaments make a perfect gift as they are presented in a lovely silver box that includes the story of Wilson “Snowflake” Bentley.  These are true keepsakes.

Due to their popularity only a limited number are available in my Etsy shop. If you shop locally in Anne Arundel County, Maryland you can find them at these artisan shops:

EL & Co. in Pasadena, Maryland
Side Street Framers & Gift Gallery,  Severna Park, Maryland.

Sea Glass Christmas Ornaments

Every year I enjoy making Christmas ornaments using sea glass. These lovely ornaments have been very popular and have been best sellers for a few years now.

Beautiful sea glass Christmas ornaments

Beautiful sea glass Christmas ornaments

I have filled these ornaments with sea glass handpicked by me from the shores of Fort Bragg, California and some also have a bit of sand from my favorite Caribbean Island, Anguilla. Along with the decorative ribbons they include artistic ornament hangers. They are offered in beautiful gift boxes, a perfect Christmas present ready to give!

As they are very fragile I do not offer them in my Etsy shop but do offer them in two artisan shops in Maryland, EL & Company in Pasadena and Side Street Framers & Gift Gallery in Severna Park.

A Fabulous Sea Glass Frame called “Mermaid’s Catch”

Some projects take longer than others and are joys to create, and this was definitely one of them. This frame started out life as a plain wood frame. It was lovingly sanded, painted, distressed and then decorated with Hawaiian sea glass sand, California sea glass and pottery, shells of all types, starfish, sand dollars and a fish net. This project took several months to complete.

Then I held this frame for months after I completed it.  First off, I loved it myself, but outside of my “sea glass room” my home doesn’t have a nautical/beachy theme. Even my hubby’s suggestion “you can put our wedding picture in it” didn’t feel quite right. So, I decided that it would be best with someone who would really appreciate it. Then I couldn’t decide if I should sell it in my Etsy shop or as a consignment. While it’s true Etsy would bring me a much larger audience, I do think that some handmade items are better appreciated when seen and touched, and when the natural “quirks” of the handmade piece can be felt accepted as every creation is unique.

So, with that thought in mind I recently took this frame I named “Mermaid’s Catch” to a local consignment shop in Pasadena, Maryland called EL & Co. My visits to EL & Co. always include catch up time with the owner, Tracy, and it’s always fun to see the new items she has in the shop.

"Mermaid's Catch" handcrafted frame by SeaGlassVisions

“Mermaid’s Catch” handcrafted frame by SeaGlassVisions

It was while we were catching up that a customer walked into the shop. Tracy pointed out the frame to her. The customer had been married on the beach in Florida. The bridal bouquet she held was made of sea shells, she was a beach theme fanatic. She fell in love with the frame and bought it on the spot. She even sent me pics, now posted on my SeaGlassVisions Facebook page, that show the frame in her wedding display.

It’s always an honor when a customer choses a piece of art I have created and incorporates it into such a place of honor in her home.

Happy Ending!

 

Bay Country Crafters Fall Craft Fair

I was so lucky just a year or two ago to find out about, and be accepted as a vendor with Bay Country Crafters. Bay Country Crafters is a group that organizes two major craft fairs a year in Millersville, Maryland featuring dozens and dozens of talented artisans. They have been doing this for 32 years this Fall. This craft fair runs for at least ten days, this one from November 1st – November 12th. This means there are a LOT of shoppers and it takes a LOT of jewelry to keep my displays filled!

Bay Country Crafters Initial Display

Bay Country Crafters Initial Display

The setting is the Historic Baldwin Hall, a well known local site, and one worth a visit even without a craft fair. The fair is set up like a large boutique, incorporating everyones work into beautiful displays that have a surprise around every corner. Along with the jewelry you’ll find items for your pets, babies, holiday decorations of all kinds, wreaths, trees, ornaments, organic soaps and lotions, herb blends for cooking, homemade cookies and chocolates, hats, scarves, pictures, furniture and much more!  A lot of these items are one-of-a-kind.

Getting ready for this craft fair has kept me very busy. I’ve created new pendants, earrings and bracelets as well as Christmas ornaments and sea glass display jars filled with Maryland sea glass. For my jewelry designs I used sea glass from Maryland, England and California.

This is a pic of my second restocking with newly made pieces…

New Jewelry Items Bay Country Crafter