Summer is here, and it’s a great time to enjoy bright cheery colors, walks on the beach and collecting shells and sea glass. Abeille just received more drilled and un-drilled sea glass, so we thought it would be fun to share a simple way to work with un-drilled stones.
Tools: round nose pliers, wire cutters, flat nose pliers
Materials: sea glass, wire (22-26 gauges), beads (optional)
1. Cut about 1 foot of wire using wire cutters.
2. Using your round nose pliers, hold the wire about 1″ from the end. Create a “wire wrapped loop” by bending the wire around the plier with your hand to make a loop. Then hold the end of the short piecewith your flat nosed pliers. While holding the round nose pliers, use the flat nose pliers to wrap the short piece of wire around the longer piece of wire a couple of times. Trim the excess wire with cutters.
3. Now let’s get wrapping. Place the loop at the top of the sea glass. Hold it in place with one hand as you wrap tightly with the other. You can wrap as much as you like as long as it holds the glass from falling out (criss-crossing helps).
4. To finish, wrap your way to the top where you created the initial loop and wrap to blend in with the initial wrap at the bottom or overlap the existing wraps working up. Use your flat-nose pliers to push the sharp cut end into the piece.
Depending on the size of the glass, you can use it as a pendant or make two for earrings.
Enjoy, and happy summer!