There are two ways to make sea glass:
1) Be a pirate in the 1790s … drink a bottle of wine… throw the empty bottle overboard… let the sea roll it in the sand for 100 years until it is broken and all the edges are smooth and frosted.
2) Figure out a way to make it in 2 days… without any real work on your part.
I voted for #2.
A friend of mine had been given a box of stained glass pieces from her late mother in law. She wanted to do something interesting with them as a memento. We kicked around ideas and came up with sea glass wind chimes.
She loved the idea…and I did not know how to make sea glass…
So I was off. I knew that the glass had to tumble in sand to make the edges soft and the surface frosted. That is done by years in the water being rubbed by sand.
Yes, I was off to create years of sand rubbing…without all the years.
two foot long tumbler
I had already made a tumbler to clean my fiddlehead fern knives, and I thought that would be a good place to start.
I filled it with glass pieces, sand, steel shavings and small pieces of metal scraps.
Then turned it on…..
Never one to be patient, I checked it every couple of hours… and saw no progress!
(For all you tech followers, here is a diagram of the tumbler.)
In case you were wondering what was what…
I decided to leave it for the night and went home….
But I forgot about it for 2 days.
A lot of sand ran out the front. But it still rolled on …
I walked back into the studio… heard the tumbler running … and ran over there to see what had happened.
The pieces all looked smooth with rounded edges. It was a great feeling to know that I had done the work of a pirate and 100 years of Atlantic ocean storms, all in two days.
eBay provided me with diamond drills to make the holes in the glass and the wind chimes turned out great.
Sorry, forgot to take a photo of them before I wrapped them up for delivery. Just picture in your mind the best wind chimes you have ever seen…. yep, that’s what they looked like! Trust me.
As always, I would love to hear your ideas for what else I can make with the seaglass and the tumbler.
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