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My friend and I frequently run to the nearby beach together and go treasure hunting (the treasure being sea glass or shells). I made this pair of necklaces, silver for her and black for me, because I wanted personalized friendship necklaces that would be unique to us. Both pieces of sea glass are light blue, which is perfect because blue is our favorite color.

The wrapping is very simple, and I just stumbled onto it when I was trying out various other wire-wrapping looks. It's basically a spiral of wire around the sea glass, and if you look closely at the pendants above, I switched the direction of the black spiral and the silver one (different slant direction) so that the necklaces would complement each other; somewhat like yin yang.

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Step 1: Materials

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  • wire (For this type of wrap, thicker gauge wire [probably 22 or thicker-- I used 20 gauge] is much better than thin gauge because the weight of the sea glass might warp the wire over time. If your sea glass shard is larger, use thicker gauges to match the weight.)
  • sea glass
  • pliers
  • necklace chain or cord
  • OPTIONAL: vegetable or olive oil + scrap cloth or paper

Step 2: Polishing sea glass

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When you pick up natural sea glass, it looks a bit cloudy. The cloudiness does look nice and natural, but I chose to polish my sea glass with olive oil so that the cloudiness wouldn't blend in as much with my silver wire.

To polish your sea glass, simply pour a tiny amount of oil (vegetable or olive) on your cloth or paper and rub your sea glass until the cloudiness comes off.

Step 3: Beginning

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Start by making a small loop. This will be the loop that you'd attach a jump ring for a pendant.

Then decide which slant direction you want and position the wire behind the sea glass accordingly. From the picture above, you can see that my slant will have a negative slope (from top left to bottom right) (negative slope -- yes, I am that nerdy).
jenise20001 year ago
Cool i made some like ths b4 i found ur instructable!
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watchmeflyy (author)  jenise20001 year ago

Oooh looks amazing! Nice job. ^^ I love the contrast of the green and red on the lower sea glass pendant.

Piscary061 year ago

That's awesome. Thank you for the tutorial =)

watchmeflyy (author)  Piscary061 year ago

Thanks for your comment, and you're welcome, of course. I'm glad you enjoyed this! :D

hblair11 year ago
Awesome! Love! Love! I have some broken pendants that I will try now! Thanx! I am "that" nerdy too! Lol!
watchmeflyy (author)  hblair11 year ago

Haha thank you for your comment and have fun! ^^

These are great!

watchmeflyy (author)  emilyvanleemput1 year ago

Thank you, Emily! ^^

Cute! I love this wire wrapping technique :D

watchmeflyy (author)  Muhaiminah Faiz1 year ago

Thank you! I love all your wirework creations so far! :3

Those are cute :). Thank you for sharing :).

watchmeflyy (author)  Tarun Upadhyaya1 year ago

Thank you for your comment, Tarun! ^^