Monday, May 14, 2012

Sea glass necklace

 Jon and I have been collecting sea glass for a few years now, and I've been wanting to make something fun with some of our pieces. When I saw this tutorial for small glass bottle necklaces, I thought it would be ideal. I found a few little glass bottles at a garage sale a few weeks ago, and last week I finally went to Michael's for the jewelry making supplies I needed. I used a serrated kitchen knife and an Exacto knife to cut a wine cork into the right size for the top of the bottle.

I'm very pleased with the final result. The cork is snug and doesn't seem in danger of falling out, and I think the glass pieces settled nicely so the colors are well-distributed and the two most special pieces (cobalt blue and light turquoise) are easy to see from the outside. The colors are very calming, and the fact that it's filled with sea glass from Lake Michigan (I should call it beach glass, since Lake Michigan isn't a sea) makes me think of both Chicago, where I found it and where I love living, and Jon, the person who found it with me and with whom I have enjoyed many hours of sea glassing. I think it will get a lot of wear.


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  2. Oh, that's so pretty, and such a great idea! I love that you used tiny bits of beach glass. I still have my favorite pieces from Lake Erie that I picked up when I was a kid, and I wish I could think of a similarly charming way to display 'em!

  3. How pretty! I have approximately one piece of sea glass from my last trip to Southern California, but maybe I should start looking for more. This would look a lot pettier than the dandelion fluff that's currently in my bottle necklace.