Sea Glass Jewels

For as long as I can remember I have been walking the beaches and collecting sea glass. My house is filled with vases and bowls full of beautifully weathered and polished pieces of glass. I am particular with my collection, as I prefer to keep only the blue, green and white pieces of sea glass. I sometimes am lucky to find a red piece, which I have heard comes from the navigation light of a ship. The best treasures are found on the beach and sea glass is a crafters gem!

There are so many craft projects that can be made using sea glass, and a coastal or nautical home wouldn’t be complete without it. In past posts, I’ve showed how to use sea glass to decorate in your home. Today, I’d like to share with you the works of some talented artisans who have created beautiful pieces of jewelry using sea glass. I hope you enjoy some of my favorite pieces and maybe you just might start your own collection!

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Seashells & Vases

Vases are not just for flowers anymore. A quick and inexpensive way to spruce up your home for summer is to break out those glass vases or dishes you may have hidden in your cabinets. These vases look great when filled with seashells, sea glass and other natural materials that are easily found at the beach.

Vases whether big or small can be used, and are readily and affordably found  in Pottery Barn, Home Goods and Target. You can even use a vase left over from a floral delivery.

I will admit that it can take time to find enough “perfect” shells or perfectly smoothed and weathered pieces of sea glass, but the search is the fun part of the project.  If you don’t have the time to comb the beaches in search of shells, or if you don’t live near a beach, there are many great places to buy shells in bulk.

I recently purchased an assortment of starfish from S.T. Prestons in Greenport, NY.  They also carry a wide variety of seashells large and small.  Once you’ve got a vase, and some shells or glass to use, it’s time to make your display. Make sure your vases are clean and begin layering your favorite things in them, for a perfect display on a coffee table, shelf or mantle.