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Discover the Fascinating World of Sea Glass Art

Sea Glass and Beach Glass Art

One of the most unique and beautiful souvenirs you can find along any seaside or lakeside beach are bits of sea glass polished and cured by the waves.

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Sea or beach glass fragments come in the most amazing rainbow of colors, from frosty white and pale blue to blazing red and deep green and are the product of man-made debris tumbled on the ocean or lake beaches for years, eventually ending up being found on beaches all over the world.

Sea Glass Art  - The Artist's Raw Material

Sea glass is collected yearly by thousands of beach goers and is usually found along the wrack collected on the beach after a high tide and storms.

Sea glass pieces range in size from tiny chips tolarger intact chunks of bottles, tail lights, windows or whatever other glass debris may have been tossed into lakes, rivers, seas and oceans by man, either through intent or accident.

The transformation these pieces go through before landing on the shores once again is nothing short of a marvel.

Sea Glass Art - The Transformation

Many people collect these pieces and simply store them on a shelf at home, in a jar right next to the seashells.

Their beauty lies in their colors or contrasts, especially when light is shown through them.

Because of that, some collectors will eventually turn this debris into some truly astounding art.

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Sea Glass Art Bowl
submitte by Julie (Sydney, Australia)

Sea glass pottery and art can take many forms.

Artists who prefer the medium of clay will embed pieces of sea glass into thrown or molded works as decorations. The usual forms include pots, jugs, vases and mosaics.

The mosaics can be small stepping stones used in decorative paving projects or larger table tops.

Sea Glass Art - Using Drilled Sea Glass

Others drill holes in the tiny pieces of glass, and string them for jewelry projects, or create 3D sculptures of wired glass mounted on stretched canvas.

Drilling sea glass in preparation for threading with wire or cord can be a tricky proposition.

Because the sea glass gathered fresh from the water is a little more fragile than the man-made copies available in craft stores, it can be easily fractured with a drill bit if you are not careful.

Drill slowly and work both sides of the glass until you have the completed hole.

Immerse the sea glass in water. This tempers the glass and keeps it from chipping, burring or breaking. It also protects you against breathing in tiny particles of glass as you drill.

Sea Glass Art - "Stained Glass"

The most beautiful use for collectible sea glass is in "stained glass" projects. Crafters and artists have made and sold pieces ranging from small pendants to sun catchers to window panes.

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Sea Glass Art Scottish Museum
Scottish Fishermans Museum

This kind of project is usually done by gluing the sea glass into a molded wire framework that has been bent into the desired design or by wrapping each piece in wire and cold soldering it together.

However it is done, the finished effects can be truly striking.

Whether you craft or simply collect, artwork done with sea glass can be the most beautiful items found.

Each finished piece, especially the stained glass window panels and mosaics, are individually unique, and well worth the price most collectors are willing to pay.

Nothing pays homage to Mother Nature better than using provided wonders to create even more beauty in the world.

Odyssey Contributing Author Diana lives in India and brings a fresh outlook with each article she writes!

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