Stained glass sea glass mosaics done in pattern of colorful sea glass, alone or in combination with stained glass, sea glass, and beach rocks can form the center of attraction in your living room as a coffee table top, a "stain glass" window, or other attractive objected created with your own hands.
On this page, we have several examples of "stained glass," sea glass mosaics, as well as a step-by-step guide to making a mosaic table top.
Just as a spot of color and shape reminiscent of the sea is created when you wear seaglass earrings, a sea glass bracelet, or another sea glass jewelry, the contrast with more subdued decor results in a pleasant and attractive centerpiece.
Although you may not feel that you are an artist or even a crafts person, don't shy away from trying your hand at a stained glass sea glass mosaic project. There are many possibilities for you to try with sea glass mosaics.
Here is a favorite of many sea glass crafters.
It is a way to use your sea glass that is not too difficult or advanced and can be adapted to different objects - from decorating the top of a table, to using in your garden, to hanging up in your window or on your wall.
Or by following instructions for setting small tiles, you could create your own special stained glass sea glass tile designs for a bathroom or kitchen splash guards or counter tops.
Why not use your stained glass sea glass genuine or tumbled shards and pebbles or agates to make a Mosaic Coffee Table? Here are several ways to do this:
This is what you might call the standard mosaic, using grout and laying the sea glass as you would tile. This works quite well.
You can purchase a nice table ready to accept the grout that has a prepared surface and an edge or lip to match the height of the finished surface.
On the other hand, you might want to adapt an existing table yourself. Here is an excellent example of stained glass sea glass art submitted by one of our very talented viewers.
As shown in the photo, the edge of the table has been built up to match the height of the finished surface.
Another way to make a "mosaic," stained glass sea glass table topbut that allows you to change and rearrange the patterns and pieces is by doing the following:
1. First find a used coffee table at a garage sale or thrift shop.
Look for one with a clear glass top. The idea is to arrange your glass beneath the glass top (you could add sand, sea shells, driftwood, etc).
2. There are two ways to work with this table to create a stained glass sea glass mosaic with your beach finds. This will depend to a certain extent on how the table is constructed.
If the glass top has a solid top/shelf under it, you could add spacers between that solid piece and the glass top to raise the glass sufficiently (about 1 to 1-1/2 inches if you are just using sea glass) to clear your beach glass mosaic materials.
If that will not work with your particular coffee table - for example, if the glass top has no solid base below it - you can add brackets to the insides of the legs to support a piece of plywood cut to size with enough room below the glass top to accommodate your stained glass sea glass mosaic materials.
3. Arrange your mosaic materials as you would like. The advantage to this type of a sea glass idea is that you can rearrange the design if you wish to at any time!
4. If you are satisfied with the way it looks and don't plan on rearranging or adding more, you might want to seal the areas between the glass and wood so that dust will not get in. Otherwise, dust will eventually get in, and you'll need to dust the arrangement every once in a long while.
I also know of a couple who are avid shark teeth collectors. They filled their coffee table with shark's teeth. The coffee table has a clear glass top as above but underneath is where they actually store their shark's teeth.
When they get more teeth, they lift off the top of the table and
throw more in. You could do the same thing with sea glass (gently
though, not throw it!)
Another stained glass sea glass mosaic craft idea along the same lines would be to find a used coffee table with a wood top, lay your sea glass mosaic design down the way you want it, and then overlay it with clear resin.
I have not done this myself. If you do opt to try this, just
remember that the sea glass will change slightly in its transparency
and frostiness because of being covered by the resin. LET US KNOW HOW
IT TURNS OUT!
WE would love to hear from you about your favorite sea glass mosaic or other sea glass crafts project.
1. Sea Glass Scrapbook Want to remember your wonderful vacation? Why not use your sea glass for a scrapbook along with other memorabilia from your wonderful beach vacation?
There are a number of sites on scrapbooks that give many excellent suggestions that could easily by adapted to a scrapbook either only on your sea glass or as part of a collage.
7. Sea Glass Wine Glass Markers or Charms : Personalize wine markers or party charms are popular. A novel way of helping your friends and loved ones remember whose glass is whose. Use contact cement to easily add or remove your sea glass pieces.
10. Sea Glass, Stained Glass Style.
11. Sea Glass Beads.
Glass Driveway Project
Some friends, Dave and Mandy, have been collecting sea glass plus shards from colored bottles for years. They have incorporated them into their driveway, ...
Sea Glass Window
Here is a picture of my seaglass window that I thought you might enjoy. Some of the pieces are worn more then others. The light shines through it. I.
Glass Incense Burner
How Creative! by: Romy Mona, What an interesting and creative way to display sea glass! I would have never thought of an incense ...
Stones and Sea Glass
You could put Stepping Stones anywhere in your yard- from your flower beds to add color and flair to a walk way to your favorite flower bed. Stepping Stones are
Glass Window Panes
(click pic to zoom) Here is a Sea Glass Window by Mona of Maine that will give you some ideas on using your sea glass. In her.
Glass Coffee Table
Here is another very nice sea glass crafts project submitted by Mona from Maine. As you can see, it is a coffee table done with...
Glass Mosaic Flower Pot
Here is another fine project for you to try submitted by Mona from Maine. Flower pots are numerous around the patio area and in sunny windows, and.
my tabletop is made from seaglass picked up on walnut & silver sands beaches in milford, connecticut....
Glass Window Pane
After collecting alot of glass, this was the first project I attempted.The glass was found on a beach near the Mavericks surfing spot in Northern CA.The small shadow box
Love, Love, Love Orchids and Sea Glass! Hence, both sides of a plastic CD cover, covered with orange felt and my interpretation.
Magnet sheets are ideal for use with your sea glass for quick projects.
Sheets are easy to cut.
Glass Art Bowl
I created this bowl using leadlighting techniques with some of my special white and cyan seaglass, alternating with textured glass...
Crafts for Kids: 50 Fantastic Things to Make with Mother Nature's Help
"I recently found this book at my local library and and loved it so much that I am looking to add it to my collection. This is not a book filled with cutsie fifteen minute projects that the kids do on their own, rather it is for adults to explore with kids ...
Workshop: Sticks and Stones: How to make Stunning Objects using Natural
Materials with 25 Step-by-Step Projects
The beauty and texture of natural, organic materials including sticks, wood stones and pebbles celebrated in inspirational and practical designs.
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 ...
on Glass & Ceramic
"The real gems of this book are Embry's project instructions, which come complete with patterns that can be photocopied and used for tracing, comprehensive painting guides, and detailed..." ~ Tina Coleman
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