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Sea Glass Jewelry: About Sea Glass Jewelry and Processes to Make It
Sea Glass is beautiful
unadorned. However, to be able to wear your favorite piece, there must
be a way to attach (hang or clamp) it to your clothes or body. So when
you make sea glass jewelry, you need to consider the ways of doing
Four methods of doing this
are described here:
Sea Glass Jewelry
sea glass is
probably the most basic way to make sea glass jewelry that can be
attached (hung) using a solid piece of seaglass. Once it's drilled, you
can simply string it on a cord or necklace using an attractive wire
bail to attach it to the necklace or earring or even a simple jump ring.
the glass is drilled, it's a fast and easy way to make nice sea glass
Cons: Sea glass will crack sometimes with drilling.
Drilling ruins the intrinsic
value of a good piece of sea glass!
For these two reasons, drilling is recommended ONLY for your less
is the cost of purchasing a drill and learning the technique of
drilling glass. Caution must be used, as the drill can easily slip and
drill through a finger. Click
here for more info on drills and drilling glass.
Wrapped Sea Glass Jewelry
Wire wrapping is probably the most
commonly used way to mount sea glass jewelry. Depending on your taste,
it can be very spare or as ornate as one would like. It results in a
very attractive setting that emphasizes rather than detracts from the
a relatively small number of tools are needed to begin. Technical
skills are not required to the extent needed in some of the other
materials such as copper or bronze can be used effectively as
well as more expensive silver or gold to make sea glass jewelry.
One of the advantages is that this method PRESERVES the value of the
sea glass. It can be taken apart and stored in a collection, if
desired. This is important, as, with time, the sea glass may end up
being worth much more than its setting.
up with a design that's unique and graceful but that still HOLDS the
sea glass firmly despite
the wear and tear on wearable jewelry is a challenge. For that reason,
a valued piece of sea glass could fall out and become LOST very easily
if not done correctly.
Bezeled Sea Glass Jewelry
is another common way to make sea glass jewelry. Bezeling is used in
making settings for stones,
ceramic, or glass in rings or pendants. The piece is circled and hugged
by a flattened wire rim (usually silver) which itself is soldered to a
backing of a thin sheet of the same metal. This works well with many of
the pieces of flat sea glass.
not for total beginners, the process can be learned and outlay for
equipment is not outrageous. There's not much design skill needed to
make an nice bezel, only the technique, but bezeling does set off the
sea glass very nicely. It is a good technique to use to make sea glass
metalsmithing skills are needed, especially in dealing with fine detail
in soldering the ends of the bezel and the backing.
Care must be taken when folding or molding the bezel around the edges
of the glass.
Fine jewelry tools are needed to do a good job.
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4. PMC (Precious Metal
one of the lesser-known
but growing in popularity mediums for fine art, including
sea glass jewelry settings.
clay really is a clay - the difference being that the solid particles
in it are your choice of silver or gold. These powder-like metal
particles are held together with a binder and water.
The end result after firing
with a torch or kiln is a very pure precious metal setting for your sea
glass jewelry - for example, between 92% - 99.9% pure silver or 22K
It's easy to work
with in designing settings as
simple or as intricate as you would like. Since this is clay, you can
form it just about any way you want.
You can mold it, hand shape it, cut it with
a cookie cutter, thin it down, et cetera.
A benefit of using this
process to make sea glass jewelry is that the design ideas are
:Probably the major
drawback in using precious
metal clay is that there is approximately a 12-28% shrinkage that you
have to allow for during firing. Experimentation will eventually
produce some really fine results.
Initial outlay for materials
is relatively expensive.
using precious metal clay
for making jewelry with sea glass is that the sea glass should not be
fired, since it may crack; and, if it doesn't crack, you do run the
risk of the color of the glass changing.
So you're limited somewhat to designing a setting that can be first
made, then fired, and then the glass inserted. Some have done this with
glass by forming a setting with prongs which can be then bent around
the sea glass once it has set. Using the prongs technique might be the
best approach when first using the PMC technique to make sea glass
Finally, at least a
torch, but better a kiln, is needed to fire the clay.
However, there is often an art workshop in the area that rents space in
their kilns for a marginal price.
For more information, see Working
with Precious Metal Clay.
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