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Sea Glass


About this design:

A friend at work was away on vacation on the east coast of Canada, and she brought me back a whole bag of sea glass. This was one of the biggest pieces. This is my first attempt at wire wrapping anything that wasn't drilled.

Components:

sea glass 20 gauge non tarnish artistic wire

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Read the comments (or add your own)

  1. Vampire Chickie Ravin
    Vampire Chickie Ravin says:

    GREAT wire wrap job!! And such a GORGEOUS piece of sea glass!! Fave!

  2. Lynn g
    Lynn g says:

    This is very nice, sea glass is so refreshing ..

  3. Jewelry by Shannon
    Jewelry by Shannon says:

    Karen, this is a great way to wrap the beautiful sea glass … what a nice friend you have!! SLS

  4. Carola
    Carola says:

    Hi,

    Lynn g suggested a PMC book…so, I ordered it, but that wasn’t all!

    But, also found a book called

    “SETTING STONES IN METAL CLAY”

    by Jeannette Landenwitch….. got good reviews on Amazon….if it helps anyone with questions on what stones can take the heat of the firing….kiln. It is a spiral bound book.

    Haven’t received it though.

    Take care…and bead happy!

    And love the sea glass….lovely color to it, and enhanced by the silver. Very nice.

  5. Chicky Bear-Tara
    Chicky Bear-Tara says:

    This is beautiful. I love sea glass! Your wire wrapping is fantastic!

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    Chicky Zee aka Alice says:

    Karen this is beautiful love te sea glass!

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    Orchid Betty says:

    Great wire wrapping, Beautiful sea glass pendant!

  8. Boston Lady
    Boston Lady says:

    Karen, this is amazing for your first un-drilled piece. I absolutely love it. Sea glass is a big thing here in Santa Cruz and for the past several years there has been a sea glass festival. Of course I found out about it when it was too late. We have beaches with it on it too. You have a wonderful friend to bring this back for you. Again Karen, you did a spectacular job! Maybe your talent for wrapping will rub off on me. I’m all thumbs when I wrap sea glass and it shows. HA!

  9. Boston Lady
    Boston Lady says:

    Just re-read what I wrote up above. Don’t tell anyone that English is my first language. HA! What kind of oakey English is that? Jeesh!

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    Faithful Chick aka Faith says:

    Did your mind get ahead of your fingers Boston Lady. Mine gets that way all the time and also runs away from my tongue so some things I say make no sense either. Then add to it the fact I do not hear well. Well….. you get the idea. You can have some really weird conversations with me.

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    Faithful Chick aka Faith says:

    The sea glass is beautiful and so kind of your friend to bring it home to you. Nicely done wrapping.

  12. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Karen, what a beautiful piece of sea glass and fantastic wire wrapping! Your friend was so sweet to bring the sea glass to you, but you took it to the next level, Karen! :D

  13. karen blasdel
    karen blasdel says:

    Thank you dear chickies, your comments really give me the courage to try new things.
    Carol, You should have seen the first time I tried to wrap it…yikes it looked like a twisted metal ball. Even now I am sure going to have to practice, practice, practice. but it was fun!!!!

  14. sunny chick
    sunny chick says:

    Karen, your wire work is fabulous! The color of the sea glass is amazing! I think your pendant is exquisite! :D

  15. karen blasdel
    karen blasdel says:

    Thanks Martha, the color really is so pretty, looks just like the sea.

  16. grama rose aka stormy
    grama rose aka stormy says:

    OMG I would love to go do that I miss living on the coast! that is the most beautiful color! you did a beautiful job with it! LOVE IT!

  17. karen blasdel
    karen blasdel says:

    Thanks Deb, It really is a gorgeous color!!! I wish I lived by the ocean.

  18. Dora H
    Dora H says:

    Karen you did a spectacular job, and your 1st too ! I love this and you have come a long way… Hugs, Dora

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    shimmer chick says:

    so amazing. i always get requests for sea glass…

  20. karen blasdel
    karen blasdel says:

    Thanks Shimmer chick and Dora!!!

  21. Daisy Chick - Dawn
    Daisy Chick - Dawn says:

    Wonderful pendant and wire wrapping job! I love sea glass!

  22. Green Eyed Lady Chick
    Green Eyed Lady Chick says:

    Karen my dear you did an outstanding job on this pendant!!! The sea glass is gorgeous and your wrap is perfect, who would know this is your first one, it looks like you’ve been doing this for awhile! You are awesome keep up the good work sweetie!!

  23. karen blasdel
    karen blasdel says:

    Thanks sweet Beth, thanks for the encouragement, it really really means so much to me…hugs!!

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