Homemade Sea Glass – Easy to Make, Beautiful to Admire
June 1, 2013 in DIY Art Projects
Some love the sun. Some love the ocean. But others have a passion for sea glass. These rare ocean gems come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. While average beach combers browse the shoreline for shells and sea life, not sea glass lovers. With trained eyes, they forsake the shells to save the sea glass.
If you haven’t searched the sand for sea glass, you’re missing out on a popular and enjoyable pastime. Over the course of many years, broken pieces of glass have tumbled through the ocean waves, becoming frosty and smooth wonders. Whether you’re walking quietly on the beach with a loved one or spending time alone by the sea, searching for sea glass is both rewarding and relaxing. From browns and whites to greens and blues, there are endless colors to discover.
But what if you don’t like the beach? Perhaps you could do without the feeling of sand between your toes. Not to worry! There is another way to get your hands on these glittery treasures. Make your own sea glass! But how do you do it? The simple process creates authentic-looking homemade sea glass that will fool even the most experienced sea glass connoisseur.
What You Will Need
- Glass and Bottles (Your Favorite Colors)
- Cement Mixer
- Granular Sand
Homemade Sea Glass is Smashing Fun!
This is your chance to break something! But first, clean your glass bottles to remove any labels and stickers. Take your unbroken bottles and large pieces and place them in a paper bag – several paper bags to be safe. For extra safety, where gloves while doing this.
Carefully begin crushing the glass (in the bag) with a hammer. You’ll want to do this outside on your driveway or another hard surface. Be careful! Those glass pieces are sharp. Don’t worry too much about the larger pieces. They’ll break up into small pieces during the next process. Your homemade sea glass will look very realistic when the process is over.
Mimicking the Sea
After your smashing fit, put the glass (2 to 4 pounds) into the mixer. Then add the following ingredients into the mix:
- 5 Quarts of Water
- 1 Pound of Salt (Road Salt Is Best)
- 1 Pound of Sand
Now, let the tumbling of your fake ocean begin. After about two hours, the sharp edges of your glass will become more rounded. Stop the machine to see. It usually takes between four and five hours before you have that coveted sea-glass look. However, if you have larger pieces, tumbling time may be longer. NOTE: If you use a rock tumbler, the homemade sea glass process takes much longer (1-2 days), but if you have the budget and the time to spare, this is another way to tumble your glass.
Remove the glass and rinse it outside – not over the sink. You don’t want the sand to wreak havoc on your plumbing.
All That Glitters
The final step creates the frosty appearance that your sea glass needs. Use EtchAll®, a solution of ammonium bifluoride, to frost your sea glass. It only takes a few minutes for the effect work.
And there you have it . . . DIY homemade sea glass. What took years for the ocean to create only took a few hours for you. Make jewelry, creative artwork, or display your masterpieces. Just think, you did it all without having to put one foot on the seashore.