Created by men, transported by currents, sculpted by waves.
It shows us that nothing is ever built to last forever.
Concepts may survive, objects don't.
Sea glass shows us also that even at the end of their life, things can be beautiful.
Sea glass is a metaphor for a lot of things.
Sea glass is my favourite rubbish.
Since we're no longer living near the sea and I felt a sudden need to work with this material – it can happen to all of us, really - I wondered if I could not make my own, and in the meantime build a simple pendant with it.
This I'ble is more about howto than about design. I'm sure our awesome jewelry makers could make something really beautiful with it. So... try & make it better folks!
Step 1: Gettin' Supplies
Avoid 'pyrex' or other similar oven-resistant glass types since they tend to 'explode' easily.
I used a set of nicely coloured shooters since they have a thick bottom.
Tools you'll need (to make this type of pendant) are a drill press and a nice collection of clock-drills - those with a rough 'diamond' edge you use to drill holes in tiles.
I've got the chance to have a few of them since I use them frequently in kitchen & bathroom renovation.
They're quite expensive, but last a lot of years...
Step 2: Extracting the Rough Stuff
Try to find a way to immobilize the shooter in the vice - using cardboard & foam is really a must.
Mount the clock drill.
Fill the shooter half with water.
Go easy with that pressure, you've got all the time...
The great advantage of glass is that you see the drill moving slowly downwards. Really.
Once the water breaks, you're good!
Step 3: Drilling the Inner Hole
Fix the piece in the vice, mount a smaller drill & start drilling again.
Spray water all the time.
Don't make the same mistake as me: don't choose a drill that's too large, the risc of breaking is quite high - I discovered...
Step 4: Improved Technics
This worked pretty well. Avoid spraying on the outside of the glass because it will swing in its clay bed...
Step 5: Sanding
I tried to sand manual. It worked.
I tried the powered version. It worked better.
Start with a coarse grain, round the edges, end with a less coarse grain.
NO FINE GRAINS since you'll polish the piece and that's exactly what you don't need. Sea glass is matt, you know.
Step 6: Done!
Don't throw away the glass dust, once it will be useful to polish stuff.
Hope you like it, enjoy!