The Most Important Tool on my Sea Glass Jewelry Workbench

Someone asked me the other day what the most important tool on my workbench was.  I laughed and said “my brain” then I said “my hands”.  No she said, she meant an actual tool. That took a little bit of thought. I have many different tools, wire cutters,  many different types of pliers, curved, flat and round nose, a few pairs with plastic heads, several pair of crimpers, a bead reamer, as well as a few tools that I’m not even sure of the name of. Some I use many times a day, some not as often.


I then decided that the most important tool on my workbench is a sharp diamond drill bit. In my jewelry designing I drill a lot of sea glass. If I can’t drill the glass perfectly or near to perfect I am not happy. I also pay for some of the lovely sea glass I use. English multis and seafoams, sea glass from California and Hawaii. Each piece of jewelry I create is potential income and I don’t want to risk a drilling mishap. Drilling isn’t my favorite thing, but I have found that everything goes better with a fresh sharp drill bit.

So a sharp diamond drill makes for a happy sea glass jewelry artisan, at least in my house.

Author: Cathy

Hi, my name is Cathy Kelly! When I was introduced to sea glass I didn't know that it would become such a passion for me. Whether it's walking on a beach or wading in a river searching for sea glass and pottery, creating jewelry and crafts, searching out the history of a piece of glass or pottery, or marketing and selling online and at craft fairs, I enjoy every aspect to it's fullest.