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1  Beach Glass Flower in CHALLENGE 66 ENTRIES by 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)! 

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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