Seaglassing & Wire Wrapping

sea glass in P.E.I.                                   

News and what‘s new about seaglassing. Posts of events, happenings, workshops or I might even post about using a favourite tool.
Along the Prince Edward Island shores we find shards of seaglass and wire wrap them into treasured gifts.
Walking beside the ocean, hearing the waves, looking downward, picking what man has left behind and what nature has tumbled. Once sand now glass, once raw now wrapped, was mine, now yours.

Sea glass - beach glass - mermaid's tears - gems of the sea

I’ll take that wire wrapped

I’ll take that wire wrapped:

jade green sea glassSea Glass stands out as a gorgeous pendant, it is warm, bursts of energy, expressing strength from the sea.  I love sea glass, and  it is a passion for me to wire wrap.  I’m lifted by the soothing energy that comes from finding a piece of sea glass to wire wrapping the piece and then selling it.

This Kelly Green piece is a true eye catcher, found on the beaches of PEI and handcrafted into a pendant.  I used around 15 inches of 20 gauge wire to wrap tightly around the piece to secure it and then dropped down the other side with the wire. I looped twice around the tip then ending at the top to make a loop to hang it on a chain.

During your vacation to Prince Edward Island when you are out beachcombing be sure to look for pieces of sea glass.  Return to the studio and I’ll teach you to wire wrap your treasure.

 

 Recently I received an email that was inspirational it reads,

Dear Cindy,

Your beach glass is so pretty. And I especially appreciate the recycling aspect of your creations. A gift from the sea!

 

 

 Thank you for stopping by my first post on wire wrapping. I hope you will stop by another day and see what treasures can be wrapped.

~ Cindy XXX

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  • Janus Wilson says:

    Just took a look at your wire-wrapped sea glass and I’m impressed. I forgot to ask if you took lessons or just figured out how to do it on your own. Anyway, it’s beautiful work.

  • charlene says:

    ok, got it! not enough coffee this morning..

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    Beachcombing

    Why Beachcombing?

    beachcomb PEIWho could resist the fun free frolic, walking the shores of an ocean beach as the tides change the colour of the sand under your feet. If you are anything like me you won’t refuse beachcombing when the call beckons you to the ocean.

    I think beachcombing gives off a child-like magic that perhaps I’ll find treasure lurking the shore and that might be what drives us to the shore.  Perhaps its the idea that years ago ship went down off the coast and treasure went with it, pirates, gold, china all sitting on the ocean floor wanting for a storm to bring it to the surface, maybe.

    For whatever your reasons beachcombing is becoming a busy activity around here and it totally overtakes your mind body and spirit.  The activity of beachcombing is great physical activity with all the walking, bending and climbing that one does to try and get to that venture for treasure. Not to forget how spiritual this experience can be as well, relaxing and rejuvenating. 

    Where to Beachcomb:

    PEI beachIdeally, everywhere that man has been and water joins the shore you can beachcomb the area and find treasure of the sea. However there are conditions that make beachcombing a better time and that is after a storm; a low or receding tide, in the Winter, and early in the morning are all good times to head out. If you take anything away from this, remember to get there first.  It’s like going to a party after all the food is picked over, you don’t want that so get out there early and get the best treasures first.

     

    What you need to go beachcombing with:

    I know, this is simple math…go to the beach pick up shiny stuff, fill your pockets and you’re done.  Yes, that is all there is to it but before you head out be sure to take the following. Good running shoes or rubber boots, a container plastic bag or cloth to collect your treasures, sunscreen, water to keep hydrated, sunscreen, high protein bar, oh and your camera to take photos of your find with the beach behind so you can scrapbook it later.

    There you go! fill your boots:

    Often I hear the term, “take pictures and leave foot prints.” I’m sure this term is used for you to follow the rules of the beach as they are posted and please stay off the dunes. The vegetation on the dunes is what protects the sand from eroding away. I don’t think the term means, ” don’t take away.”  I’m a Sea Glass lover and I figure it is only trash so I don’t have any grief for taking almost every piece I see. When I have been out I also have grabbed from the beaches of PEI shells, urchins, driftwood, and I’m rethinking what I could do with plastic these days.

    Beachcombing Treasures:

    beach glassFinding treasures on the beach is like playing eye spy only for riches.  You can count on finding some nice shells, ridged ones and flat ones all empty I hope.  Island red stone is among the shiny smooth stone found on our beaches. Lobster traps, ropes, floats and wood or leather from the frames. Sea life, like ocean trout that are trying to swim up a small stream by the thousands, crabs and starfish. Smoothed sea glass, pieces of bowls window glass, coloured, hobnail dishes and my favourite blue old Noxzema remains.   Driftwood of all sizes. Clay brick that fell off a barge. Pottery that was discarded because of a flaw. Doll parts, remains of small dolls be it an arm or leg. Piece of pipe that was once smoked by a pirate. Plastic of all kinds, messages in a bottle and lobster elastics of all colours. Then last I have found these black rods that I think were used along the top of a fish net. 

    Beautiful beachcombed jewellery:

    white seaglass from PEI

     

     

     

     

     

    How to display your beachcombing finds:

    1.  Turn it into wearable jewellery
    2.  Make a picture or decorate a frame.
    3.  Placed in a vase or bowl to be admired.
    4.  Wire wrapped lamp shade.
    5.  Window suncatcher.
    6.  Turn it into garden art.
    7.  Wire wrap into a keychain.

    At the end of the day, beachcombing is a relaxing rejouvinating activity that can be shared with someone you love or a piecful experience that clears the cobwebs in your head. Your treasure is the find, the art, the creation  to keep as a memory or to share with someone dear. Each time the treasure is looked upon it brings back the happy memories of the beach.

    ~ Queen Beach Cindy

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    A Cup of Christmas

    I looked through my collection of cups and didn’t find anything Christmassy, not a tea cup nor a coffee cup, hows that for a cup of Christmas?

    bell cup The studio called me early this morning for I had a project and a mission in mind.  It is Christmas and to celebrate we share, care, and give blessings to one another.  I needed a Christmas coffee cup to share while scrapbooking but the thought of purchasing another cup, no way.  Good job I’m frugal Got to hurry Grandma is on duty at 8:15 this am.

     

    poinsettia

    This is my scrapbooked coffee cup I’m sharing today and it is lovely adorned with poinsettias and bells.

     

    Christmas cup and saucer

    Yesterday was a beautiful day on Prince Edward Island and my mind kept going back to what I was going to show for my hard work all week.  With my grand-daughter Ana around even scrapbooking has been a little bit of a challenge as she is at the age where, “I wanna do it.” So I have put a number of thing on the back burner so to speak.

     

    Christmas SeaGlassOh, I was saying about the beautiful day yesterday and anyway a voice came to me, my husbands asking if we could go beachcombing as there might not be many days like this left.  I figured I’d think about my scrapbooking situation while driving in the car.  The colour is right and so I would like to share this piece of seaglass found on the beach here in PEI.

     

    scrapbooking christmas mini album

    Before I go I’d like to also share with you a scrapbooked mini tree that I have been working on all week. I had a gazillion pictures of the kids growing up. If you are anything like I am your pictures sit in a box year after year.  This year I wanted to share so I made a centre piece that stands 12 inches tall and has 5 rings down the spin, assortment of ribbons tied and all kinds of memories of Christmas past.

     

    Thank you for joining me for a cup of Christmas. I’m having coffee this early morning and re-posting bits of scrapbooking.  Did you make any scrapbooking Christmas centre pieces for your table or perhaps you put all the pictures of Christmas in a box for next year. 

    ~ Scrapbook Cindy

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