Best of the Beach!
Best of the Beach
This Project utilizes glass, rocks and driftwood all from Lake Michigan.
What a creative piece of found art, Debbie!
Although our site focuses on sea glass, the treasures to be found along the beach include a lot more than just the sea glass.
For centuries folks have used driftwood, shells, rocks, and many other "found" objects to decorate their houses and make artsy things with.
Lin especially likes finding old pieces of metal.
What happens with metal along a shoreline is interesting.
When it is exposed to the air, it rusts quickly. However, when under water, it will corrode slowly.
At various times, a piece of metal, like iron or steel, can be underwater for a long periods, and then spend some time exposed to the air.
At other times, it may remain buried for long periods under sand, mud, or rocks.
All of these states produce different rates of oxidation (rust).
The reason these pieces are not like other pieces of rusted metal is the shoreline itself.
Like sea glass, the metal gets tumbled among the sand and pebbles.
This tumbling removes the rust and many times, the piece is nicely polished with almost no visible rust.
With the rust removed, the polished metal is exposed and lots of times, the corrosion has left very interesting and artistic patterns or
shapes in or on the metal piece.
David from Odyssey Sea Glass
You can get some good ideas from the following books:
| ||Semiprecious Salvage: Creating Found-Art Jewelry |
Found objects can be beautiful both for the unique, unexpected look they add to your work and for the stories we imagine them to tell. In the pages of Semiprecious Salvage, you will discover the excitement of reclaiming remnants of the past and reinterpreting their beauty in wearable works of mixed-media art.
| ||Organic Crafts: 75 Earth-Friendly Art Activities |
This ecofriendly craft title encourages children to explore the natural world through projects based on natural, nontoxic, and renewable materials. Grouped into categories such as "Trees, Leaves, and Twigs" and "Rocks, Pebbles, and Shells," the projects lead ...