Make Beach Glass Earringscomments (17) July 12th, 2013
I used to crave souvenirs from trading posts, truck stops, and gift shops when I was on vacation. These days, I'd much rather pick up a natural item than an ill-advised T-shirt or tchotchke. When my wanderings take me to the beach, I sort of lose my mind, filling my pockets with rocks, shells, and the rare piece of beach glass. Over the years, the beach glass has accumulated, and I have bowls of it sprinkled throughout my home. I thought I'd take a few choice pieces and create a swingy pair of earrings. They were so quick that I'm thinking that my friends and family are going to be tricked out in glassy baubles in short order.
- Safety glasses
- Old kitchen sponge
- Shallow metal pan
- Four pieces of small beach glass
- Dremel tool with 1/16-inch diamond drill bit
- Chain-nose pliers
- Six 7mm sterling silver jump rings
- Two 5mm jump rings
- Two ear wires
- Clear nail polish (optional)
Step 1: Put on your safety glasses. Place a thick sponge, rough side up, in a shallow pan half filled with water. Get ready to drill holes in some beach glass. Start by placing your Dremel tool with the diamond bit at a 90-degree angle to the glass. It's best to position the hole near the edge of the glass so that you can attach a jump ring. Only the bit should be in the water; keep the rest of the Dremel well above and away from the water line.
Start with a low setting and let the drill do the work (in other words, don't push down). You'll know when you've completed your hole as it will "give" when it breaks through to the other side.
On the opposite end of the glass, drill another hole so you wind up with a hole at the top and bottom of the glass; this piece serves as the top dangle of an earring. On a second piece of glass, only drill one hole; this piece will serve as the bottom dangle.
Step 2: With your chain-nose pliers, gently twist open a 7mm jump ring. Slip the one-holed piece of beach glass on the ring and twist the ring until the ends are snugly joined. Now, add a jump ring to one hole in the other piece of beach glass. Join the two pieces of glass by slipping a 5mm jump ring through the jump ring on each piece.
Step 3: Let's finish this gorgeous summery earring. Using chain-nose pliers, twist open another 7mm jump ring and slip it through the other hole on the two-holed (top) piece of glass. Slip an ear wire onto the jump ring and close.
Step 4: Repeat steps 1–3 for the other earring. If you like, you can add a dab of clear nail polish at the join of all your jump rings for added security.
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