We always get so excited when we find a new piece of sea glass, but what can you do with it?
Making jewellery out of sea glass is such a lovely idea and can make wonderful gifts for friends and family. Living in Cornwall, everyone at Kernowcraft loves picking up sea glass while exploring our local beaches, we also love seeing our customers create wonderful designs and sharing them on social media.
It couldn't be easier to transform your treasures into something you can cherish and wear every day and in this blog post, we share with you easy jewellery making projects for beginners.
Whether you want to create a sea glass ring, earrings, necklace or bracelet, you can use these techniques to help achieve the design you wish.
At Kernowcraft, we supply all the jewellery making supplies you need to create your own handmade designs - apart from the sea glass, that is something you'll have to hunt for yourself!
If you have any questions, get in touch with our friendly team who will be able to help you get started.
If you're just starting out with jewellery making, it is great to start with designs using glue. Flat plates are incredibly easy to use and are great for instant designs.
Once you've found similar pieces of sea glass, simply scratch the surface of your glass with sandpaper (this will make the glue stick better). Place a little bit of glue onto the flat plate, set your sea glass and leave to firmly set before wearing.
At Kernowcraft we have a range of flat plates for your jewellery designs including cufflink settings, hairgrips, pins and brooch pins. These can be used with your chosen cabochon gemstone, just make sure that the sizes match.
Our flat plate earrings are also available in 9ct gold and our sterling silver flat plate earstuds are available in 2.5mm, 4mm and 6mm so you can check the size of your sea glass before choosing the appropriate size earstuds.
This is one of our most popular kits for creating quick and easy sea glass necklaces.
All you need to do is choose an appropriate piece of sea glass for the bail, use sandpaper to gently rough up the area that the sea glass will attach to the bail. Apply a small amount of Devcon 5 minute epoxy glue to the back of the bail, then place on sea glass and apply a little pressure to make sure the glue has coated the bottom of the glass and leave in place until it feels secure.
Thread on your choice of chain and the necklace is complete!
This bail is ready for you to glue straight onto any piece of glass, stone or metal which is tricky to set. You can choose to hide the delicately detailed leaf at the back to show off the piece or include it in your design by showing it off at the front. The loop on the top is generously sized to accommodate cord, or wire up to approximately 3.5mm. It's so easy to set and perfect for a beginner project!
This means they will work great with small pieces of sea glass! We've made some examples, showing how easy it is to create pendants and earring drops.
For the necklace, we glued the bell cap onto the sea glass, attached a jump ring and added our favourite ready to wear chain. The pretty sterling silver hoop earrings are created by glueing a small bell cap to two similar sea glass pieces and sliding onto the hoops - it's that easy!
At Kernowcraft, we have a whole range of bell caps to choose from including sterling silver, plated and 9ct gold.
All you need to do is use Devcon Epoxy glue to stick the bell cap onto the sea glass, you could also adjust the bell cap to cover the stone using your fingers or a bezel rocker. We would recommend using sandpaper to scratch the surface of your sea glass before glueing for a secure setting.
Link settings are great components to attach to bracelets or necklaces, used for cabochon and faceted stones but you can also use the right sized sea glass for great results!
We have a range of link settings available including wraptite settings, petal edge, milled edge and gallery wire link settings. In this particular design, we've used our sterling silver milled edge link setting and simply glued a small piece of sea glass onto the setting.
There are no real rules when it comes to wire wrapping stones other than ensuring a tight fit! It's all about experimenting and practising your wire-wrapping technique, so begin by playing around with the wire and start wrapping it around the stone.
To create the loop, simply bend the wire straight up and create a loop using your round nose pliers, then wrap the remaining wire tightly around the bottom of the loop for a secure fit.
This sea glass project involves a few more tools but it a great way to create a professional looking pendant which you can be proud of.
Scratch the surface of your sea glass using sandpaper, and place glue onto the back of the wire and sea glass, then set.
Attach a jump ring and your chosen chain and you're ready to go! To personalise the necklace, you can also attach your favourite charm!
If you're a complete beginner, you'll love our sea glass kit! It contains everything you need to start making a couple of sea glass designs. If you need any advice, get in touch - we'd love to help.
The products used in this project are suggestions to inspire you. Products used were compatible at the time of making but do be aware that stocks can vary, so do use your own judgement as to the compatibility of each item when making.