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Norahm1
« on: September 05, 2011 09:52:10 PM »



Hello All!  My first post here, so I hope I do it correctly!

I have been given quite a bit of beach glass from my sister-in-law's aunt who lives in Erie, PA (right on Lake Erie, from where she has collected it over the years) and have just been captivated by how it catches the light.  I have made a bunch of projects from it, and just fall in love all over again each time I use it for something new!  Even in the dark of winter here outside Cleveland, it catches whatever light there is! (Speaking of which, it is kinda dreary here today, so the pic doesn't glow as much as it might).

I made this for the relative who has given me the beach glass.  Not a bad gift for about $1 in supplies (a few dabs of paint, cardstock scrap, a cheap wood frame from the craft store, and a bit of glue)! 

How-to:
1) The frame I bought didn't really have a backing, so I traced the paper that was in it onto cardboard and then cut that out.

2) I took some cardstock and glued that onto the cardboard (with Mod Podge; watered down white glue works, too).

3) I glued down the green beach glass in an outer ring, and then just started layering the white beach glass.  I glued the blue center piece and continued with the white and green until I liked how it looked (with a mini hot glue gun).

4) I rubbed avocado acrylic paint onto the frame with paper towels.  When it dried, I assembled the frame and smiled.

Not a bad way to spend some time on my one day off in awhile (I teach year-round, so Labor Day was especially nice this year!). 

I hope you enjoy this!

And, one of the best crafting tips I ever heard was to keep a container of ice water nearby when working with glue guns in case you burn yourself.  Hope that helps other klutzes out there!  It really cuts down on the burn to get your finger in there immediately!
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« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2011 11:18:00 PM »

So lovely.  Your relative is very lucky.  The translucency of the glass gives the picture a magical quality.
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« Reply #2 on: September 06, 2011 05:34:57 AM »

Absolutely stunning!  Smiley Yet another clever use of beach glass, and thank you for sharing the technique. I may have to give it a try.
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« Reply #3 on: September 06, 2011 07:15:20 AM »

I like a lot! Love beach glass, wish I had more now!
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« Reply #4 on: September 06, 2011 03:14:56 PM »

I've honestly never heard of beach glass, but I will have to look into it now.  This is GORGEOUS!
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« Reply #5 on: September 07, 2011 12:06:03 AM »

Gorgeous! Best of all, you given me an idea for the baggy of sea glass I have laying around!
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« Reply #6 on: September 07, 2011 08:38:19 PM »

I've never seen beach glass, being land locked as I am.  It looks very luminous!  This might be the prettiest flower I've seen!

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« Reply #7 on: September 08, 2011 10:03:00 AM »

That's charming. I just love beach glass.
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« Reply #8 on: September 11, 2011 08:14:41 PM »

Thanks to all for your input! Yes, I love the way the beach glass catches the light!
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« Reply #9 on: September 14, 2011 01:04:44 PM »

I love what you've done with this and how you layered up the beach glass. You've inspired me to try to do something similar (if only I were brave enough to try a hot glue gun!)
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