Jewelry made from beach found objects is becoming an increasingly popular trend. It involves creating unique pieces of jewelry using natural materials such as shells, driftwood, stones, sea glass, and other treasures found on the beach.
Not only does this form of jewelry-making provide an opportunity to repurpose and recycle natural materials, but it also allows creators to express their creativity and personal style.
Each piece of beach-found jewelry is unique and carries its own story and character. Some popular beach-found jewelry pieces include bracelets made of sea glass, necklaces made of shells, earrings made of driftwood, and rings made of beach stones. These pieces can be simple or intricate and can be worn on any occasion, from casual beach outings to formal events.
By crafting jewelry from beach found objects, enthusiasts can create one-of-a-kind pieces of wearable art that evoke the beauty and tranquility of the ocean.
Sea glass is a glass pieces from the broken bottles and jars that had been worn smooth by the tumbling action of the sea waves against the shore. Ocean weaves drags the pieces of glass across the sand and stones, smoothing it and shaping in different shapes, creating frosted and worn surfaces.
Sea glass is so pretty that it deserves to be adorned. Use your most precious founded sea glass pieces to make a unique necklaces, earrings and bracelets.
There are many ways to make sea glass jewelry. Most common are:
- Wire wrapping. You would need 20gauge sterling silver, copper or gold-plated wire.
- Drilling. You would need Dremel drill and drilling press.
- Bezeling requires more training than drilling or wrapping sea glass.
I like to incorporate in sea glass necklaces sea shells and drift wood pieces. Tu create this mixed necklace you will have to learn basic peyote stitch, circular and tubular peyote stitches.
The supplies I usually use for my sea glass jewelry:
- Sea glass, beach stones
- Sea shell
Some shells already have holes for stringing.
- Natural Feathers
- Cotton Cord
- Cotton thread
- Nylon beading thread (conditioned with beeswax).
- Needles #12, #12 sharps
- E-6000 glue
- Delica Glass Seed Beads
- Rocailles seed beads
- Beading foundation
- Usually I start by playing with different shapes of drift wood, beach stones, sea glass pieces till I create the desirable composition.
- Then I glue the chosen pieces to beading foundation: Put a dab of E-6000 glue on beading foundation, and then glue the material to the back (or around) of the piece of sea glass (beach stone, shell or driftwood).
- Set the sea glass (beach stone, shell or driftwood) aside and left the glue dry and cure for at least 4 hours (best would be 24 hours).
- Tie an overhand knot at the end of 2yd. (1.8m) of conditioned thread. Using a # 12 sharps needle, sew through the beading foundation fabric from back to front, next to the stone edge.
- Pick up six Delica Japanese seed beads and position them along the stone’s edge. Sew through the last three beads (figure 1). Continue working in beaded backstitch around the edge of the cab, adding an even number of beads (photo c).
- Using a regular beading needle and Delica seed beads, work in tubular, even-count peyote stitch around the ring. Changing seed bead colors for each round, continue adding rounds of peyote until the top edge of the cab is covered (photo d, e).
- Then I create a bail for pendant: usually I cut desirable piece of natural leather. Then I create gorgeous print/pattern from tiny glass seed beads.
- For necklace strap I use cotton cord and make an adjustable, sliding clasp.
I love combining natural materials in to one big and complicated piece of jewelry.
Beach stone, sea glass, feather and driftwood beaded Beachcomber necklace by Ezartesa. To buy this stunning sea glass necklace press here.
Sea glass for sure is the most gorgeous beach find you’ll ever see. If you are lucky, you have stunning ocean tumbled sea glass piece that you can turn into unique jewelry with the wonderful story.
How I Create Cape Cod Necklaces from items found on the beach: sea glass, driftwood, beach stone and feathers
Beachcomber Necklace with Beach Stone and Sea Glass by Ezartesa.
Tumbled by waves, recycled by the sea, sea glass is a product of both nature and man. A quality piece of sea glass has no shiny spots, is well frosted, and has smooth edges.
Beach Glass Necklace in Sea Green and Brown by Ezartesa.
Every colorful and good quality piece I find gives me an idea of what kind of Cape Cod-inspired necklace I can create. First, I play with the shapes, then I think about color and then about the texture. Texture I create by weaving tiny glass seed beads around the piece of sea glass.
Sea Glass and Driftwood Necklace by Ezartesa.
For my Cape Cod Jewelry, I use a natural leather. First, I cut a desired length and width of leather strip, then I embellish it with tiny glass seed beads.
Lavender Sea Glass Necklace by Ezartesa.
While there are plenty of different kinds of shells and sea glass to discover, there are also wonderful beach rocks to be found on the shores of Cape Cod. I love collecting clear and milky quartz in different shapes and colors for my Cape Cod Necklaces. I use these adorable beach stones as a focal/center piece for my necklaces, and embellish them with matte, opaque and gold-plated glass seed beads.
Blue Sea Glass and Citrine Beach Stone Necklace by Ezartesa.
These pebbles are abundant on all the Cape beaches. What I am looking for when beachcombing, is whatever appeals to me: smooth, beautiful round or oval-shaped milky stones in peachy, yellow or grey colors. My favorite beach stone is clear quartz in light yellow or smoky brown color.
I treasure the stones that fascinate me personally, that challenge my thoughts and imagination. This is where my inspiration comes from every time I go to the beach.
Sea Green Sea Glass and Feather Beaded Necklace by Ezartesa.
Other items that I collect are driftwood and feathers.
White Feather, Beach Stone and Sea Glass Beaded Necklace by Ezartesa.
The jewelry you wear is an expression of your personality, passions, and lifestyle. While I design a new piece of jewelry I always think about what feeling, what mood and what story I want to tell with the jewelry piece I’m working with.
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Making Jewelry from Sea Glass with Interesting Materials: Seed Beads, Leather, Cotton Tassels, Driftwood, Feathers and Cotton Cord
Many sea glass collectors simply choose to keep their treasures in jars, while others enjoy giving pieces to friends or relatives. I collect these frosted gems for my jewelry making projects and crafts. I love combining sea glass with tiny glass seed beads, leather, driftwood, shells, and feathers to form a beachy style Jewelry.
Making Jewelry From Sea Glass, Tutorial by Ezartesa.
What I love about the sea glass? There is no two identical pieces of sea glass. Every shape is unique and exiting! When I look for the quality pieces of sea glass for me is very important smoothness, absence of chips, shape and size. If I find a piece that’s still has a sharp edges or is not opaque, I just let it stay on the beach for more rolling.
When I designing a piece of jewelry, I always start with the color combinations, shape and size of the sea glass. Then I decide what seed bead color palette will be, or what patter I need to create to enhance the beauty of sea glass.
I like using a natural leather for my jewelry base. Usually wider and longer leather strip is cut for the centerpiece, and two or four smaller pieces arranged around it.
Beaded Cotton Tassel Necklace Tutorial by Ezartesa
Seed bead TUTORIAL: My favorite sea glass jewelry designs have incorporated handmade tassels, which are not difficult to make.
Step 1: Cut a winding board from heavy card stock, or cardboard; for the big tassel 6cm cardboard, for two small 4,5cm.
Step 2: Wind thread around board in loops until you reach desired fullness (as you work, you can change thread colors)
Step 3: Tie 5-inch thread into a tight knot around top of looped thread.
Step 4: Cut through looped ends (take it off board), and adjust it into tassel shape
Step 5: Cut a 12-inch length of thread to wrap tassel neck: Fashion 1 end of thread into a loop shape, then lay loop on tassel. Grasp the other end, and wrap it tightly around tassel and over the top of the loop to secure it. Wrap slowly, working from the top of the neck down, so neck threads lie evenly next to one another. As you wrap, ensure all the threads in the head and skirt are neatly in place. After wrapping neck, pass end of thread through loop and gently close loop, tucking ends into the head of the tassel. Trim tassel ends, a few threads at a time, to even them if necessary. On top of the tassel, cut the thread tales of too.
Step 6: Wash the tassels with shampoo, brush and dry.
I like to use natural feathers for my sea glass necklaces. I usually glue the feather to the middle of leather strip, and fold the other end of leather on top of feather. Then I work in flat, odd-count peyote stitch to make a strip form glass seed beads to put it on top of leather.
How to Work with Feathers, Leather and Glass Seed Beads, Tutorials by Ezartesa.
For my hand beaded one-of-a-kind sea glass necklace I use my hand painted original evil eye painted cabochons. I use an acrylic paint and natural bone hand cut cabochons.
Evil Eye Original Hand Painted Cabochons by Ezartesa for Sale.
My mostly all beachcomber, sea glass necklaces are reversible and adjustable. I use a cotton cord and glass seed beads to create sliding clasp, that necklace could be adjusted to desire length.
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Genuine Beach Glass, Evil Eye and Beaded Cotton Tassel Necklace for Sale.
Making jewelry from beach found objects: sea glass, driftwood, shells and feathers is a real pleasure. No feather, sea shell or beach glass are identical, that’s the most interesting and exciting part of process creating sea glass jewelry.
On shoreline of Cape Cod, small, interesting shape colorful particles can be found nestled in the sand where it meets the surf. I call these tiny sea glass specks – Cape Cod treasures. And what can be better way to show up these beauties then making it in to sea glass Jewelry adornments.
Beaded Choker Leather and Sea Glass Necklace for sale by Ezartesa.
I normally pick a focal sea glass peace, one or two other founded objects like driftwood or feathers, and leather. Then carefully choose a color combination of tiny glass seed beads. At times I am obsessed by contrasting palettes and textures, and at other times by harmony possible in combining corresponding tones and textures.
Beachcomber Sea Glass Necklace for sale by Ezartesa.
I’m very inspired by the magical green, cool blues, sea green, brown colors of these smooth, frosted gems.
Bold patterns and playful tassels make this Sea Glass necklaces perfect for a fun summer event or night out.
Bring a hint of coastal flair to any of your summer outfits with this cool color combination Sea Glass Necklace by Ezartesa.
Trying to showcase the beauty of these sea-polished gems, and giving these frosted beauties a new life on land is what this collection is all about.
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Sea glass jewelry with green, black seed beads by Ezartesa. BUY NOW!
Sea glass jewelry by Ezartesa. BUY NOW!
My method of making beaded sea glass jewelry requires precision. I begin cutting leather strips and tracing the neck, meticulously marking where I will position it. Then I embellish the leather using tiny glass seed beads, creating a luxurious and exotic patterns.
Sea glass jewelry with seed beads by Ezartesa. Buy This Necklace!
Beaded sea glass necklace in sea green, brown by Ezartesa. Buy Now!
I choose a color palette that would enhance the beauty of sea glass, sea shell or beautiful piece of driftwood.
Sea shell beaded necklace, pendant with seed beads, Beachcomber Wellfleet by Ezartesa. Buy this Cape Cod sea shell necklace!
Sea green sea glass and seed bead beaded necklace by Ezartesa. Buy NOW!
I use the highest quality leather from all over the world – Italy, France the US, and elsewhere. I also like to use unusual materials like handmade silk and cotton tassels, cotton cord and natural feathers. These high-caliber materials make for durable luxury jewelry peace’s that customers can wear for a long time, and pass it for other generations. You just can’t get this kind of jewelry anywhere.
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Reversible Brown Beaded Choker with Feathers, Seed Beads and Leather by Ezartesa
Break through jewelry borders! A unique, fresh take on classic black velvet choker. Created with unique materials: leather, natural feathers, glass seed beads and cotton cord.
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Luxurious patterns meticulously beaded from the best quality tiny glass seed beads, that shimmer in the light.
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This unique eye catching design is very versatile piece of jewelry, you can wear it in so many different ways.
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Weave this artsy chic necklace in to your everyday casual outfits!
Driftwood, Leather and Seed Bead Necklace by Ezartesa.
Beaded Sea Glass, Feather, Driftwood Necklace by Ezartesa.
When I design the jewelry peace, first I play around with textures, colors, and shapes. Then I think what color, and what kind of pattern I need to create of tiny seed beads to enhance the beauty of sea glass or beach shone.
Creative Process of Beach Comber Collection 2016.
In this Beachcomber collection I decided to use a warm brown color objects with cool blues, sea greens, and blacks with strong greens. These combinations give to my jewelry the soothing calm feeling of the seashore.
The style of this collection is casual, and artsy chic: a sleek, very well made pendants dangling from a woven cotton cord. I use natural leather as a base, and embellish it with tiny glass seed beads. Combination of leather and beadwork gives a rich texture to my one-of-a-kind hand beaded jewelry.
Feather Dangle Gold Seed Bead Earrings by Ezartesa.
I love adding adorable feathers to my jewelry, especially for my earrings. They very light and so cute.
Native American Inspired Feather Beaded Earrings by Ezartesa.
I call my finds from the beach - Cape Cod Treasures, and my Beachcomber jewelry peace’s - summer fun memories.