Saturday, May 12, 2012

My first batch Sea Glass

While at the beach this winter, we spent countless hours on the beach.  In all that time, we never came across one piece of beach glass.   For some time now, I've been thinking of making simple sea glass jewelry projects with the kids... So before the kids grow up on me,  I've decided to make my own sea glass.    I purchased a small rock tumbler from Harbour Freight while snowbirding in the states.   Now that our travelling is done, for a few months anyway, it's time to make sea glass.

For my first batch,  and very carefully, I smashed a very light green bottle and a clear bottle to do my sea glass experiment with. 
Harbour Freight 3 lb rock tumbler.

Fill tumbler half full of broken glass.  Be Careful! Sharp! Then add 1/2 cup of beach sand, and fill with water to almost cover glass.  Add a couple of marble sized rocks.   Put the cover on the tumbler tightly, and tumble for 2 days.

Here is my first batch.  It'll be fun to make some Sea Glass jewelery with the kids this summer.  Maybe at Grammie Camp.
Isn't it beautiful, and look how nice it'll be when put with a silver chain and maybe a pearl or two.

Oh, I'm hooked now.  I can't wait to find some colored glass.  I have my next batch on already.  Brown glass and thicker light green glass.   I can't wait to see it.    My friend has a blue wine bottle for me.  I'm so anxious to get it for my third batch.  I'll be searching this week for a red or purple, or another color bottle to put with it.   


Kathy said...

I love the colour that the glass is! What fun!! Good job.

Linda H said...

I love looking for sea glass.. never heard of making your own!! Lovely soft color. I look forward to the blue- you know me and blue!!

MissesStitches said...

What a great idea--to make you own sea glass! Good for you. It is hard to find, isn't it. I treasure my few pieces.