Seaglassing & Wire Wrapping

sea glass in P.E.I.                                   

Category : Wire Wrapping

Seaglass Pendant & Earrings Set

Procrastinating but not going past Friday. My latest item I’ve listed on Etsy this week and what I’ve been up to while you waiting my return.

As promised, my latest

(SOLD) hours after posting on etsy

Seafoam Seaglass Pendant & Earrings

Finding a matching pair of earrings can be a challenge

seaglass earrings

I weaved the back to grasp the seaglass tightly

back seaglass pendant and earrings

Then I noticed this piece I had listed on Etsy but it looked sort of blue so I re-took the pictures so the image was white, proper light means everything.

wire wrapped seaglass necklace

I hope you visit my Etsy Shop, follow the link above to get to other items listed.

Thanks for viewing,

Cindy

Spoiler:

Today we woke to 15cm of snow, I’m not ready for this.

I talk to dad each Friday on Skype the home sets it up and he is getting very tired.

Guy and I have started jig saw puzzles again and are frustrating over a 2000 piece.

We are in the process of replacing 5 windows in the house.

The B&B bathroom gets a facelift Dec 15 & 16.

We have made 3 trips to Ottawa and the last one we returned with Guy’s dad’s car as he has given into the fact he will never walk again after the accident.

On November 29th I put up our Christmas Tree. Our first tree with just blue and silver ornaments and nothing homemade.  I sent all the popcorn, popsicle stick and macaroni ornaments to a better place/ compost.

The Tearoom and B&B have been closed for a month now and I’m getting in the habit of  sleeping in.

I’m trying to get back into a blogging routine but finding it challenging so I’ve decided to not blog quality but quantity, just pictures and very little words and see how that works for me.  done

Farmers Market Jewellery Displays

Finding interesting displays for your homemade jewellery at a farmers market or even in your store can bee a little overwhelming. A display should get someones attention but not so much that it takes the attention off of what you wish to display.

I’ve looked high and low for some interesting pieces and shapes and have come up with a couple.

First, I like white instead of black it just brightens up a well lite table even in the evening so I try and find objects such as china plates, shells, and mirrors.

Plaster Coral

Coral Plaster Jewellery Holder

 

Shells I picked of the beach in Prince Edward Island

Spray painted shell display

 

These shells have mini shells glued under for feet and I’ve spray painted them with a metallic gold spray pain

Shell Jewellery Display

 

I hope these little tips come in handy for your own jewellery displays.

I also hope this means I’m getting back to blogging,

bye for now,

cindy

Black Sea Glass

I’ve been trying out a different wire wrapping technique

Black wire wrapped sea glass necklace

 

The colour is dark, so dark it looks black however it is dark olive green.

While walking the shore of my Prince Edward Island home and contemplating the amount of gardening work needed to get down this week I stumbled across this amazing piece of seaglass.  

Learning of it’s origin and colour intrigued me to read up on the rhum runner days and the bootlegging days of PEI.  During the 1930′s The Dicks brothers lived in Georgetown and smuggled thousands of kegs from the French Islands of St. Pierre you can visit a commemorative stone carving here done by Abe Waterman who stone carved the story of the schooner.  The stone has three sides and each is carved and it sits today in MacDonald gardens right next to the Kings Playhouse.

Black rum runner seaglass

Sorry I got off in a tangent, meanwhile before my thoughts carried me some 80 years past, I reached for this piece and my imagination ran away with the journey this dark bottle was on before it landed ashore. 

 I hope you enjoyed.

Today it is raining, a good day to keep me inside and get the Island Made gift shop organized or list a couple a more items on my Etsy ScrapNWrap Shop. 

Cindy

Crafting with Cobalt Blue & Yellow Rare Seaglass

I’ve just noticed I’d not blogged on my craft blog since December.

That could only mean one thing – grandchildren have taken my time away from you. So sorry, I’ve neglected taking pictures of crafts lately.  Today is Logan’s B’day, he is my only grandson out of 6 grandchildren, yes the rest are girls. He is such a joy to be around and grandma had brusses on her knees loving her time spent with him.  I’ll miss him as we will be leaving to head home to Prince Edward Island soon and Logan lives in North Carolina.  Here is his cake, it is a replica from his favourite show “Turtle Tales”

 

Logan’s First Birthday Cake

 

My next craft share is seaglass

Dragonfly and butterfly necklace

 

Cobalt blue seaglass dragonfly & butterfly necklace

 

I’ve madea number of peices (new) these last few weeks while visiting in North Carolina.  Now to get the descriptions and such into my Etsy ScrapNWrap will be theh next challenge.

 

Thank you for coming by, following and taking a gander at what I’ve been up to.

Until we meet again, happy crafting,

Cindy

Cobalt blue and yellow seaglass tree of life

 

 

Christmas Scrapbooking & Seaglassing

Christmas Time 

 

definitely is the busiest time to be out and about.

Seems I’ve had to return to the store each day over the last 5 and each time saying this is the last time.

Over the last 5 days I’ve finished up a few Anne of Green Gables hats, bagged and tagged them and they are ready to be hung with the other Island Memorabilia in the gift shop.

scrapbooked anne of green gables hasts

My family tree at Christmas

Scrapbooking a tree ringed photo album

I had extra Christmas pictures and what better way to display them than on a family tree.

Seeing it is Christmas time and red is the reason to colour the season, I’ve chosen some red seaglass to share with you.

red seaglass

 

What a beautiful piece for sure, I’ll need to wrap it some day but today just as I found it

 

amazing piece of red wire wrapped seaglass

This red piece of seaglass to the left of the picture has got to be my most magnificent find ever

and the white seaglass is enhanced by the beauty red has to offer

wire wrapped seaglass red crystals

Well this is it my friends, it for another year.

It has been challenging but rewarding and fun.

Wishing you the very best Christmas.

Come back and visit me in the New Year.

Happy are those who scrapbook and wire wrap,

Cindy

 

 

 

Seaglass and Designs

My New

 

These days so many lovelies on Prince Edward Island are wire wrapping Seaglasss.  I decided to design a new look, I like to think it is jewellery from the age and era of the Titanic but my French Gardener tells me it is Steampunk Jewellery with all the embellishments.  Whatever it is called I made a few new pieces this past week to share with you and need your opinion on them.  Like most new adventures, we are critical of ourselves so be honest and let me know what age group this might be aimed too? Do you think this might be a seller? Should I just stick to what I know and the usual wirewrapping I’ve done?

 

Drum Roll………

butterfly_seaglass_teal

 

“Miss dragonfly”  has just landed on a smooth landing pad picked from the shores of Prince Edward Island. Well rounded and smooth this teal piece of seaglass was perfect for her little feet to drop down onto.

Next….

diet_necklace

 This is dear to my heart and I caller her “Miss Diet”.  If you have a look you can see Miss Diet knows the key to success, and it  is  time and she has nicely put it onto her plate.

And…….

reflections

 

“Miss Reflections” who could forget this little dear who flutters around us daily reminding us of how short the tree of life really is for her.  The trunk of the tree of life carries her offspring who have not yet grown up to learn the colours of life yet,  but they are close by and eager. For if they earn those colours her job is done and passed on.

Lastly……..

tree_of

 

Bringing up the tail end is “Miss Wantabee”

“Miss Wantabee” is a flighty dragonfly who is very compassionate about her work and friends, she is compelled to be a follower not a leader. She enjoys the simple life of colours and flowers and couldn’t care about their names just that they surround her.  She has made her nest in the tree of life and won’t fly too far from it.

 

The pictures you see are real, they are my new designs, the names and people they have been created from are protected for personal reasons. These necklaces along with other Seaglass can be purchased in the Prince Edward Island gift shop called “Island Made” located at 545 Malpeque Rd, Charlottetown.

 

Thank you, Cindy

 

 

SeaGlassLovers

I know ah! more on Sea Glass.  

We are planning our next road trip and this time it is to New Brunswick to do a little beachcombing for seaglass.  

First I’d like to share. Yesterday a sea glass lover stopped by the Scrap’n Wrap gift shop and just walked up to this piece and said, “it’s mine!” So this one is sold and was the first of many I made.

Remember back a few weeks ago I started making this steampunk looking jewellery?  I started to make it because I found so many are wire wrapping seaglass these days and I needed to put a twist on my wire wrapping, sort of give it a new look, kind of like the same old dress but with new shoes and purse idea, right.  I truly like the new look and hope it takes off and others enjoy it also.

I also started to double wrap, meaning I’ll use two pieces in the same wrap and one is free hanging off the other.

I love to bartar also, so yesterday I got an email from a fella who would like me to teach him to wire wrap.  He is in New Brunswick and has done some beachcombing there.  We don’t have a lot of time on this next road trip we are about to go on and so we need a lead on a couple of places to go have a look.  So I offered to meet him at a coffee shop and teach him how to wire wrap seaglass if he gave me a NB map to a couple of beaches. Then I sent him the link to my blog, sort of get him thinking about it a little.  Anyway I hope he takes me up on my offer and we make the trip over to New Brunswick soon.

 

UPDATE: 3 days later and I got an email back from Mr. New Brunswick Beachcomber, it reads as follows, “I think my wife would kill me if I told you were we go to the beach in search of seaglass.”  However he would be interested in me showing him how to wire wrap seaglass. 

Me: “Mike next time you are on the Island stop in and I’ll teach you how to wire wrap seaglass.”

Happy wire wrapping,

Cindy

TUTORIAL – wire wrapped sea glass pendant

Hi Beach and seaglass fans! It is time to wire wrap your own pendant if you haven’t already.
 If you have and you are stopping by for a visit for the first time to Scrap’N Wrap, then welcome – pull up a chair.  

 

Today on my tutorial I’m going to pick a piece of seaglass out of the treasure chest that we keep in the ISLAND MADE gift shop.  I recently picked some lovely rounded pieces off the shores of Prince Edward Island and I offer a few wire wrapped pieces on my Etsy Shop at ScrapNWrap and we sell bags of sea glass in the gift shop and on Etsy. I’m working on a pendant today so lets get started.

Supplies Needed to Make The Pendant:


 
Pick your piece of seaglass you want to wire wrap
 
Flat nose pliers, round nose pliers, and cutter pliers

About 12″ of wire, I use a copper coated non tarnishing wire  and 20 gauge wire to wrap.

At this point you want to make a loop to hang your pendant.
To do this:
Use your flat nose pliers and bend the wire at about 45 degrees.

Next make your loop by using the round nose pliers and wrap the wire around the pliers then around the wire a couple of times.

My photo didn’t turn out as the battery was low so I included a link here to how to wrap around the pliers.

After you wrap underneath the loop and around  making sure to have one end about 3″ long and the other end with all the length.


Now you are ready to position your seaglass on top of the wire with the loop at the top and the long wire at the bottom of the seaglass. 

Taking the wire from the bottom of your pendant you want to start wire wrapping it around the seaglass so make a cage to hold it in.  Be creative and wrap anywhere around the bottom.
 
 

Continue making spirals holding the wire down with your thumb and using your free hand bend the wire slowly until it loops around. I call this free hand wrapping.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
After making a spiral return your wire back to the top of the pendant and wrap the wire around the bail once more.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Still working with the longest piece of wire start a spiral on the opposite side holding in the right side of the seaglass pendant.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Again being creative and wrapping the wire and looping it as you go, then pass the wire around the back and back up to the top and wrap around the bail once more.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Taking the end of the short piece of wire and the round nose pliers make a coil in the end.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Then using your flat nose pliers grab the end of the loop and coil the loop up towards the bail.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
At this point I cut myself another short length of wire approximately 8″ in length and attach it by wrapping it around the bail a couple of times over the already wrapped wire.

 
I cut off one end as it is too long and I’d like the coils to be different sizes.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I then start with the short wire and use the round nose pliers and bend a loop, then coil it up with the flat nose pliers.
I continue doing this until all the wire ends are coiled up to the bail.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sometimes I’ll need to turn the piece of seaglass over and over to get it into the position I can work with it.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I press the rounded coils against the seaglass making it appear as though there is a flower at the top, while it hides the wire I wrapped around the bail.
 
 
Well that’s it, another piece wire wrapped! Let me tell you it can be addictive. You get one piece finished and look for the next piece of seaglass to start wrapping.  I’ve been wire wrapping for years now and I love it! I started wire wrapping with beads then a few years ago started with the seaglass.  I’ve made a number of pieces and some of them are for sale in my Etsy Shop, ScrapNWrap.
 
I hope this tutorial was a little helpful and has inspired you to visit my  ScrapNWrap Etsy shop to purchase some beautiful seaglass!
 Thank you Prince Edward Island, shipwrecks and for the seaglass.
 
Happy wire wrapping,
Cindy
 
 

Crazy Over Blue SeaGlass

It never fails, I think I have wirewrapped enough seaglass for the Giftshop and all of a sudden it is the second week in July and people are asking for something I don’t got have.  This time it is Cobalt Blue Seaglass, what is it with everyone going crazy over blue seaglass this year?  I guess I just didn’t have enough pieces because early in the season they were all gone. I went digging in my reserves and started wirewrapping a few pieces, just to make a little headway.  Good job I found a very nice piece before boarding the Ferry for Nova Scotia Saturday as I found a good wrap for it.

This is a piece of fire glass, still cobalt blue seaglass but you can see it was melted to one side.

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These other pieces I have been storing away in my collection.  They have a bit of a sharp edge to one side or the other and I took care when wirewrapping each piece to hid what the ocean forgot to smooth. 

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That’s it I’m out of cobalt blue.  I’m either going to have to get back to beachcombing or start buying seaglass.  I’m thinking I’d rather be at the beach, bye for now.

happy hunting,
Cindy

Antiqued Seaglass Necklace

We took another road trip and this time over to Nova Scotia in search of  Jewel of the Ocean, you guessed….seaglaass.

I have packed my tools and a small bag of seaglass, my table and a number of beads.  Is this going to be a workcation or a mini vacation?  I searched the shore while waiting for the Ferry at Wood Island, Prince Edward Island to board and cross over to Caribou, Nova Scotia.  I had good luck in a number of finds and now had to get myself back to the camper before the line started to move. 

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The internet was slow on the ferry so I shut the lid on the computer and started to daydream.  Here we are on another road trip in search of seaglass.  Do I not have enough of the sparkly stuff?  Why continue to collect when so many others are doing the same thing and so many are wirewrapping these days.  Oh to do something different, I need to find a new look, a new design….but what?

We get up early the next morning and get out onto the beach, its windy, the waves are high and crashing the shore line and there isn’t any sun in sight.

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As the sun comes up higher it is starting to look like it might turn out to be an ok day after all.  

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I still can’t help thinking about a new design for my seaglass jewellery.  I search my mind attic for ideas and can only come up with a combination of all thing that I like jumbled together like, antique, copper, brass, charms, seaglass and steampunk.  I had fun creating that night and finding a new use for yet another way to reuse seaglass into jewellery. 

  the next day I could hardly wait for the sun to come up so I could take a few pictures and share my new necklaces.  What do you think, original? catchy? Do you think they will be a hit?

This one with the butterfly has to be my favourite.

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The next one I did was with this little fairy, she is so cute.

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I love the way I used the chain in this one.  I’m thinking of another design using seaglass and if it is another sunny day tomorrow I’ll have to share.
Time to hit the beach again before the sun goes down.

Blessings,
Cindy