This year one of MrG’s nieces got married in Lindos, and all the family were invited. It’s one of the many events that was bumped due to the various C-19 lockdowns, and it was the first time we’d left the country since we went to Kalbarri in 2010.
We’ve all been waiting for this holiday since we were invited in 2019 which gave us a lot of anticipation.
I love to beachcomb so I had the idea of collecting some seaglass to make Laura and Dan some celebratory jewellery as a wedding gift. We spent many happy hours ferreting through the shingle to find suitable pieces.
When we got home I sorted the various pieces into colours, then into pairs using an old ice-cube tray to compartmentalise them and we selected a matching pair for tiny drop earrings and a couple of other pieces for a tie-pin and a pendant.
This post is to explain how I made them.
The examples shown are some of the pieces I’ve made for my shop and also as test pieces for me, not the ones I gave away 😉
As you know all my silver is already recycled, but I haven’t used offcuts for these, the only scrap is the actual seaglass.
I plan to make some more pieces with the bits I have remaining and to offer a service of converting people’s own foraged pieces into jewellery for them
First up is to bend wire into a pair of V’s and then place them next to each other like this
and then I solder closed a small jumpring which (after pickling) I place on top of the joint, and solder again so it’s all one piece.
Depending on how the final piece is to be used, I either solder on an earwire, pin or piece of wire as a bail.
So far, so standard – the next part is to fold the wires over the glass, holding it in place.
But, the wire needs to be trimmed to size, the ends rounded and the lengths need the metal equivalent of scoring to ensure they fold neatly to ensure they don’t chip or provide too much strain on the glass
As always – it’s measure twice, so I lay the glass onto the setting, mark where the claws will need to bend, trim the excess and then use a small cup burr to round the tips and tiny needle files to file in the score line allowing space for the wire to bend.
I do one pair of claws at a time to ensure I get a snug fit!
Finally it’s time to smooth the claw ends. I use Irene-The-Foredom for this, and a silicone burr. Then they have good wash and a tumble to clean and pring up the shine on the silver.
I think I’m going to offer this as a bespoke service with people’s own seaglass. If it’s something you’d be interested in, or if you’d like to order this exact pair you can do so on mye website here
And in exceptionally #CheeryUppy news, I discovered this month that AusPost are no longer prohibiting jewellery, which means I can send orders over to Australia from either my website or my Etsy shop. Huzzah!!
ScrapHappy is open to anyone using up scraps of anything – no new materials.
It can be a quilt block, pincushion, bag or hat, socks or a sculpture. Anything made of genuine scraps is eligible. If your scrap collection is out of control and you’d like to turn them into something beautiful or useful instead of leaving them to collect dust in the cupboard, why not join us on the 15th of each month?
We welcome new members.
You don’t have to worry about making a long term commitment or even join in every month, just let either of them know a day or so in advance if you’re new and you’ll have something to show, so we can add your link.
Here are the links for everyone who joins ScrapHappy from time to time (they may not post every month, but their blogs are still worth a visit).
Kate, Gun, Eva, Sue, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Tracy,
Jill, Jan, Moira, Sandra, Chris, Alys,
Claire, Jean, Jon, Dawn, Jule, Gwen,
Sunny, Kjerstin, Sue L, Vera,
Nanette, Ann, Dawn 2, Carol,
Preeti, Debbierose, Nóilin and Viv