Reclaimed Glass Pendant




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.



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    7 years ago on Step 4

    I have been collecting these glass pieces for years---I found if you have a dish washer you can put then in the silverware basket-they come out beautifully. I also make a loop at the top and bottom of the piece of glass, make a lot of these and then working from the bottom to the top hook them together with a piece of 20/24 gauge wire which holds a glass bead. Make 4 lengths 12" long and connect to a recycled horse shoe.

    They make great sun catcher / wind chimes which can stay out side all year long.

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    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    LOVE this idea!! I have a river near me, and I bet there is tons of stuff where people hang out there


    7 years ago on Introduction

    you could get brown glass from some brand of beer bottles. of, course don't drink the beer just for the bottle, you might forget why you drank it. :P

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    That brown shard (not the one that looks like Australia) is a really interesting piece of glass. Do you have any idea what kind of bottle it came from?


    8 years ago on Introduction

    A friend used to collect "sun glass" from old mine camps, the broken pieces he put into a rock tumbler and it made them smooth and rounded, you could try that with your found glass.  Also, you can get diamond coated bits for Dremel, if you are careful you can just bore a hole thru the glass to place a bail or jump ring thru.  You need to drip a lttile bit of water on the glass as you do it.  I used a bit of cut rubber glove with a hole in the middle to keep a tiny drop at center.


    8 years ago on Step 4

    In the second picture, the (brown) glass looks like Australia!  Neat idea, thanks for sharing!


    The pendants look awesome, I have a ton of beach glass I've collected and have been looking for a project to use it for, thanks ;)


    9 years ago on Introduction

    Look up "wire wrapping" for more info and ideas on how to hold beach glass.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    It's nice, I like these. But the background is a bit too strong, the black breaks up what you've made. Can these be pictured against something less heavily contrasted? L