Thursday, December 27, 2012

Crafty Exchange of Seaglass

seaglass and pottery from the Irish shore
Recently I've had a unique opportunity to try out something different in seaglass.  This was thanks to a lucky encounter with Joy of Seaglass Lass in the USA.
Christmas Green Sea Glass Bracelet, Goldtone toggle
drilled seaglass bracelet by Seaglass Lass
A few months back I was approached by Joy who makes beautiful jewellery from drilled seaglass beads. Descending from Irish heritage, she was looking to buy some local seaglass for sentimental reasons. Joy was especially interested in pieces from the West coast of Ireland.
Seaglass Pendant Handmade in Ireland.  Pale Aqua Seafoam Beach Glass. Still Waters
Wire wrapped seaglass pendant by Handmade by Amo'r
Our skills are very different. Joy drills and beads the seaglass whereas I wire wrap undrilled pieces to encage them. She would use the smaller pieces that are way to tiny for wrapping as the wire would swamp the glass instead of showing off its natural beauty. Those pieces are more suited to drilling into beads.
I managed to find several small pieces I'd collected on the West coast in Sligo this summer plus a few from local shores near Dublin.  I threw in a few larger ones just in case she wanted to make drilled pendants too.

Fixing a value on the pieces was a little difficult for me. After all, it was unlikely that I would be using them myself. So I asked Joy if she would exchange them for a few drilled pieces that I could experiment with. I have been toying with the idea of investing in a drill so I can make earrings and ornaments. Here was a great opportunity to see what I might do with it.
Seaglass Fairy Suncatcher, Christmas Ornament, Rear View Mirror Charm or Pendant
Seaglass fairy suncatcher or ornament, Handmade by Amo'r
I sent off the Irish glass and in return, Joy sent me some sample seaglass beads she had drilled. This little fairy is the first item I have made using the glass that Joy sent. I have stacked 3 pieces of the seaglass onto a pin for her skirt. Her bodice is a combination of silver beads and her wings are silver plate. Her head is a stunning pink crystal that will catch the light and sparkle.
Seaglass Fairy Suncatcher, Christmas Ornament, Rear View Mirror Charm or Pendant

I may use the rest to make a pair of earrings for myself and perhaps one more fairy. Or maybe I will incorporate them into a long necklace.
Irish Gifts. Bookmark Celtic. Seaglass, Silver & Stone. Made in Ireland
Irish seaglass bookmark, Handmade by Amo'r
However, I will hold off from buying a drill for the moment. Wire wrapping is my true art and I do not wish to detract from that. A drill to make beads from the smaller pieces would be useful of course, and I'll consider getting one at some point in 2013. I hope Joy has as much fun experimenting with the pieces I sent.


  1. Beautiful sea glass stuffs! Who would have thought that they are made of beach glass? You really did a good job! I love your work. Looking forward to see more.

    1. Thank you Dana. Collecting seaglass is so much fun, isn't it?