Saturday, July 10, 2010

Beachy Treasures

Just before we left for a fun 3-day vacation on Orcas Island this week, I received a package with the new July 2010 issue of Bead Trends magazine and my ocean-inspired bracelet that was featured in it. So that means I can stop keeping it a secret and finally share it with you now! *Ü* I love the ocean and always search for beach glass, shells, and other treasures whenever we get a chance to visit a beach. I decided to try my hand at creating my own faux beach glass and pebbles out of glass because I hate to drill through the real thing—plus I can't always find the right sized objects that will work well on jewelry. I also love old-fashioned glass fishing floats, but real ones would be just a little too big to string on a necklace—so I made some fun miniature "floats" (hollow focal beads) out of antique looking glass too. If you happen to get a copy of the latest Bead Trends issue, this is what you'll find on page 20:

I made the beach glass discs and pebbles randomly wonky on purpose, then etched them to a velvety finish—so they look just like the real thing. And I swirled on layers of green and lightly seeded aqua colors on the hollows to give them that "oceany" feeling. I really love how they turned out! So if you'd like to make something similar for yourself, I just listed this set of beads in my Etsy shop:

And after all our Orcas Island adventures (which I'll post about soon), I can't wait to create some more ocean theme beads! *Ü*


  1. great site! + great post :)
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    magazine designer

  2. Congrats on your magazine feature! Your bracelet is gorgeous! I love the sea glass beads.

  3. Your bracelet truly captures the feel of the ocean, I love it!

  4. Thank you so much for the kind comments, everyone! *Ü* It's been hard waiting all these months to show these beads off after the bracelet got accepted, but now I'm on a roll with more beach glass beads to torch! ;-D

  5. Beautiful beach beads!
    And congratulations on the publication.


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