Intro: Reclaimed Glass Pendant
I have this great creek near my house, its under one of the roads and is basically a hideout for every kid and teen in the neighborhood. The problem is that the "beach" there is covered with bits of glass, so I decided that I could do something with all that glass. It had already been broken into cool shapes and the edges had been softened by the water in the creek, so it seemed silly not to try to make it into jewelry out of it, it couldn't hurt anyone, the edges of every piece of glass in there is rounded, and the shapes were way too cool to pass up. I came up with a way to clean up our creek one piece at a time and make it into something cool instead of just throwing it away.
Step 1: Materials
Glass (see step 2)
Some type of chain or string
Step 2: Find Your Glass
This step is pretty self explanatory, find a cool looking piece of glass. I recommend looking in places like the beach or a stream or creek, really anywhere that might have old bits of broken glass in it that have been softened up by water. You don't want your pendant to cut the person who is wearing it! Once you find your glass, wash it. I can't stress this enough, WASH YOUR GLASS!!! If you're like me and are using glass that you found somewhere, that you didn't break yourself, then YOU NEED TO WASH IT IMMEDIATELY!
Step 3: Wire
I use wire that I find around my house. Most have been used before and would have been thrown out. I have gotten wire from an old popsicle stick fence that my little sister got from Wal-Mart for a project about a year ago and an art project that had fallen apart and all left a big curly cue of wire sitting on my desk.
Take your wire and make a loop with it. This loop will be what your pendant hangs from, so don't make it too big. Take this and position it at the top of your piece of glass. (the side you want it to hang from) Then wrap your wire around your glass a couple times, wrap it in different directions to ensure stability. Take the end of your wire and wrap it aroung your loop twice, back around your glass, and around your loop again. Cut off any extra wire and tuck the end under one of the loops on the back of your glass.
Step 4: Finished!
You're nearly done! Just put it on a string or chain and wear it! You now have a stylish and eco friendly necklace. Congrats!
Here are some pics. of ones I've made.