Creating Sea Glass Bracelets

This week my focus is on creating sea glass bracelets. I have at least three different styles planned using lovely aqua and light blue sea glass and some of the beads in the photo below.

Sea Glass & Beads by Sea Glass Visions

I have been a bit better this year having jewelry available in my artisan shops and in my Etsy shop in plenty of time for the season/holiday. Yes, I know it’s only been two months and 5 days and the only holiday has been Valentine’s Day. I decided that I will not be creating jewelry for St. Patricks Day. The next holiday I will focus on will be Mother’s Day, and I already some really lovely sea glass pendant and earring sets available in my Etsy shop. I have had many people ask for matching jewelry, it’s the perfect gift! I’m also going to hold off introducing styles too early for the season. I’ll hold off introducing boho jewelry until warm weather when sun dresses and bathing suits are the preferred clothing of the day!  So, I’m going to start creating sea glass bracelets with a beachy theme and be ready for the upcoming summer season!

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.

Creating with Sea Glass

Things around my house have been quiet for the past few weeks so it’s been a good time for me to do my favorite thing, create with sea glass. I have an upcoming craft fair next month – The Bay Country Crafters Spring Marketplace. This fair is a big one, which I’ll need a lot of jewelry for. I am also going to offer art pieces at the fair. I have jewelry and art in two local artisan shops and like to change out my stock often to keep my offerings fresh and I want to update jewelry in my Etsy shop.

But the past few days I’ve put the jewelry aside to focus on creating sea glass art.  I enjoy this change of pace, it actually is a welcome rest as it’s easier on my hands than creating jewelry.  And, just like creating jewelry, there are always times when what was planned doesn’t work as planned and becomes something even better.

This is how it was with this frame. At first I thought I’d color wash it with the bright fuchsia color. Well, it was a bit too bright, actually much brighter than I thought and wasn’t going to work at all. I wasn’t sure what to do, I thought I might have to start over. Then I figured I’d try to tone down the color.  So I added a buttermilk and pastel pink and loved the result.

Sea Glass Love by Sea Glass Visions

But this happy outcome meant that the background colors I had planned and the sea glass “love” I had chosen needed to be changed out too as the colors I thought I’d use now didn’t work.

Hand Painted Frame for Sea Glass Art by SeaGlassVisions

So, I’m getting ready to head back up to my workroom to start playing again. I still have no idea how this piece will look when it’s completed, and that’s the fun part.

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 Sea Glass Christmas Ornaments – Sea Glass Snowflakes

If you’ve been following this blog you have read about my many sea glass christmas ornaments, more specifically my Vermont Inspired Sea Glass Snowflakes. They have been extremely popular in the Maryland artisan shops that carry my work, my Etsy shop and as Christmas gifts for my family and friends.

Sea Glass Snowflake by Sea Glass Visions

Even better is that Side Street Framers & Gift Gallery in Severna Park, Maryland has asked to carry them year round and they are also offered for sale in Vermont at Slopeside Okemo Vacation Rentals in Ludlow – Okemo Mountain!

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!