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.

How To Drill Sea Glass

There are lots of great videos available that show you how to drill sea glass. But, as I quickly learned, NOTHING teaches you quite like experience, and we each find a way that is comfortable for us.

Of course the first thing you want to do is learn how to drill without breaking the sea glass or “blowing out” the back of the glass, and that takes time and patience. Make sure when you start that you’re using crap glass because you’re going to have to learn how much pressure to apply, or should I say how much pressure NOT to apply to the drill. For me, and most others that is the hardest part. I have to admit that I “blew out” the back of lots of pieces of glass before I settled in. Continue reading