The Creative Steps To Creating
My One Of A Kind Sea Glass Art
There's Much More To It Than
Scooping Up A Handful Of Sea Glass
And Gluing It Down!
It's a beautiful morning, the tide is almost out and it's time to hit the beach. I grab my beach bag with my empty containers and my trusty rake. Down over the bank we go. My honey and I make a day of it. Giving ourselves plenty of time on either side of low tide to ensure ample time for beach combing!
Sifting through the sand and pebbles looking for our little mermaids tears and other treasures!
I usually find a large pile of pebble sized rocks, have a seat and start sifting through! To me it is the most relaxing feeling. (I am not a gardener, not from lack of trying but because the salt water here kills EVERYTHING, lol) I now understand why gardeners love to garden so much, the raking and digging are so soothing, so relaxing.
Beach combing is one of my most favorite things in the world to do! I am lucky enough to have a man who also enjoys it as much as I do, and we live across the street from the best shore line in Nova Scotia!!
Into the soapy warm water they go to be washed by hand ensuring that all salt, sand and seaweed are removed. Once they are clean they are placed onto a big towel to dry.
In the first sorting step the pieces are sorted by color only. Green, White, Blue, Purple etc. Sometimes this process is a little time consuming but it is so much fun and well worth it. I love things sorted and organized!
More Sorting And Shining
The second sorting step is for quality! Now it's time to sort out the best quality pieces for our very own collection. Red, Pink, Purple, Marbles, and other rare finds. Then comes the best part (For Me Anyway) I like to coat the best pieces of sea glass with coconut oil. I place a very small amount in the palm of my hand rub them together, grab a handful and just work them around between my hands. (A little goes a very long way) Coating them with coconut oil helps give them that fresh out of water look. Getting rid of that dull salt look. They look so much prettier to me this way. Then I place them into their matching jars.
And A Little More Sorting
(No I Promise I Am Not Crazy, lol )
This is where I really get down to business. This sorting step is for pieces that will later be used in my sea glass art pictures! Sailboats, seagulls, hearts, and all of the other accents for my one of a kind sea glass art.
This is probably the most time consuming of the sorting steps. It can take me an entire evening to sort out enough of the perfect pieces for 8-10 pictures! I have them all organized into their own containers to make my life much easier and my collection a little more organized!
Placing & Gluing
This can be a tedious process and usually it takes me a few days to get each piece in each sea glass picture just right. Each one has a couple of drafts it goes through before I actually glue them into place. Often I will place them and then look at it from across the room and swap out any pieces that don't quite fit!