I was so excited to be able to participate in the Artisan Whimsy Sea Glass 5×5 Test Group. I have used a few of these cultured “beach glass beads” with my genuine sea glass in my jewelry, and have loved the look. Bill at ZNetShows generously sent the participants a package of his recycled glass beads that have the look of beach glass. I kicked myself that I didn’t get a photo of the beads before I started work on my pieces! I was a little too enthusiastic and just jumped right in…
First pair of earrings made with ZNetShows cultured Beach Glass Beads
For my first piece, I wanted to use some of my beach glass. This is the main focus of my jewelry business, SeaZen, and I use authentic beach glass that I have collected over the years in most of my pieces. The copper fish were from a pair of vintage earrings that I have had for a long time. Loved the fish, the earrings not so much, so they were perfect for upcycling! I was happy with the way these turned out.
I’ve had some African paper beads that have been looking for a home. Voila! They had just enough blue in them to match the sapphire conch shells and I liked the taupe background color with the Vintaj Brass. Three done and I still had more beads to work with!
I was so happy when I opened my package from ZNetShows and saw all the blue cultured beach glass beads. Definitely my favorite color to work with! And it goes with any metal. I struggled a little with a bracelet design, but when I finally pulled out my white keishi pearls, everything just flowed. And I was so happy that I had recently received my order of lampwork beads from Pam Ferrari and had this soft blue faceted bead that was just right.
I think this necklace was my favorite piece to design. I was initially intimidated by the fish bone beads but once I got going, I had fun with it. I had a large chunk of cornflower blue genuine beach glass that was kind of rough and gnarly. It turned out to be a perfect compliment to the Raku pottery scallop shell from Star Spirit Studio. I liked the look of copper with the sapphire blue fish bones, and the cloudy aquamarine rondels softened it up a bit.
All my goodies as finished pieces!
Thanks again to Bill at ZNetShows for giving me the opportunity to experiment with their cultured beach glass beads. I have already opened my wholesale account with them (they also sell retail), and look forward to a long relationship.