Heart of Glass

Last year, whilst on holiday in the South of France, I was sitting on the beach when a piece of sea glass caught my eye. I picked it up and thought how nice it would look if it was made into jewellery. I spent the rest of my time on the beach looking out for more but didn’t find any for the entire holiday.

I kept the piece of rounded, smooth glass on my desk and started to think about where I could find more. After a bit of research, I discovered that the best place in the UK for sea glass is said to be Seaham Hall Beach in County Durham.

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A little further up the coast in Suderland the Londonderry Bottleworks operated until the 1920’s and waste glass was thrown in the sea. Now, over a century later it is still turning up with each tide on Seaham Hall beach.

Since I have relatives within forty miles of the beach, we decided to take a trip to see if it was as good as it’s reputed to be.

Saturday was a lovely sunny day and turned out to be great for a sea glass forage and a picnic:

We collected lots of beautiful glass of different colours:

I’ve already started to make some jewellery:

I mentioned a while ago that I intended to start making jewellery again and that I would be using my drill, well it’s come in handy for drilling sea glass.

I’ve got lots of glass, so I just need to come up with designs now.

I’m wearing my necklace dressed up with a long, frilly second-hand skirt I bought on eBay, together with a knitted, drawstring top.

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The skirt is perfect for a summer evening; the colours set off the beautiful, romantic, sea glass.

I’m going to attempt to Link to 2nd Loved 1st Friday link up, first time so fingers crossed!

Have a lovely week.

xxx

10 Comments Add yours

  1. First of all, thank you for linking up and wow, I’ve never heard of sea glass. Of course, I do live in the middle of the middle of the Heartland and don’t see to many seas, just ponds. It’s pretty cool that we both have floral skirts for our blogs this week. Kudos to going back to making jewelry and what you are doing is so sustainable but after reading you for a while, I know we are on the same page on this. Upcycle On! Is that your dog and what breed is that?

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    1. I’m glad the link up worked, it took a couple of attempts to add an image but I got there in the end!
      I love the idea of making sustainable jewellery and yes, I agree upcycling is the way to go.
      It’s Ziggy my oversized miniature poodle in the photo with me, he’s so much taller than average that people often mistake him for either a Portuguese water dog or a labradoodle. xx

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      1. I thought that was a Poodle! Did you know we have three rescued Poodles?

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      2. I’ve seen photos of you and one of your poodles on your blog, I didn’t know you had three. They’re lovely aren’t they, so energetic and full of fun.

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  2. Vix says:

    I love finding sea glass! What an inspired idea to turn it into jewellery, it looks utterly magical!
    What a stunner of a model you make, that skirt is fab. xxx

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    1. Thank you!
      Finding sea glass feels like finding real treasure doesn’t it and it makes great jewellery, it’s nice to work with. It just needs a diamond tipped drill to get through it and it needs to be drilled underwater so the glass dust doesn’t get inhaled. I keep thinking up new ideas for it- and I have plenty of glass to keep me busy ! xxx

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  3. Ann says:

    I have yet to find sea glass, although I especially looked out for it this year. What a great idea to make it into jewellery, and those necklaces are divine! So that’s what the drill was for … How fab are you looking in that photo? I definitely agree with Vix that you make a great model. Have a great week! xxx

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    1. Thank you.
      I must say I haven’t been on a Welsh beach for a while, we hope to visit New Quay later in the year. I’m enjoying your holiday at the moment. xxx

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  4. jacqui says:

    What beautiful pieces, I remember holidaying in Wales as a child and loved it. Hope to re-visit again one day. Pretty skirt you’re wearing. Jacqui
    http://www.mummabstylish.com

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    1. Thank you Jacqui.
      I agree Wales is beautiful.
      The skirt was a real eBay bargain!

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