Video on Drilling Holes in Sea Glass ~ Found at LAST!

After checking different blogs on wordpress and blogspot I found a really cool one for HOW DO DRILL HOLES IN SEA GLASS!

YIPPPPPEEEE!!!

Am hoping that my next piece of glass will not look like my first piece of drilled glass ~

Below are links to her different websites/blogs ~ A Maritime Girl from Prince Edward Island, Canada.

A Maritime Girl ~ How to Drill Sea Glass

A Martime Girl's Online Sea Glass Studio ~ VIDEO of her drilling sea glass

Beach Glass Girl ~ her WordPress blog

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Spiral Knot Hemp Necklace with Shark’s Tooth Pendant

Back in July while beach-combing in Monterey with my sister I found half of an old shark’s tooth. She was looking for one to make into a necklace, while I was looking for blue and green sea glass. We each bent down about the same time…she came up with a pretty piece of blue glass and I came up with a shark’s tooth! 🙂

Anyhoo ~ I took three lengths of 20lb hemp string…one about 24″ long the other two about 3 yards long. Tied a knot at one end, slipped a carved bone bead on and then tied another knot. Came down about an inch and tied another knot then started on the spiral knots (I think it’s called a HALF KNOT).


First I took the right-side and made a loop (backwards “c”) and brought it OVER the middle string (your short length goes in the middle with the two long lengths on either side of it)

Next I took the left side, made a “c” and then went under the backwards “c”, behind the middle length, and then over the top (inside) of the right loop. So now the STARTING left-side in now on the right front and the STARTING right-side is on the left back.

Pull together snuggly and start the cycle over. If you keep doing the same knot over it makes the spiral effect. If you want it flat…you have to reverse the procedure…your next knot would starting from the left-side (making two half-knots, first from the right the second from the left, makes a square knot).

Now…with the shark’s tooth I’m having a real problem with how to wire wrap the dang thing. It’s a bad shape, would be better if I could hang it sharp side up…but that would look silly.

Waiting for my sister to say it’s ok to try to drill through the top part of the tooth. I told her I’m not sure how “fossilized” it’s become. It’s definitely been worn by being in the sea, but it also looks like it’s been in the process of fossilizing. I may be able to drill directly into the top of it, instead of drilling a hole horizontally.

Anyone out there drilled a hole through a partially fossilized shark’s tooth?

Beading and Wire-Wrapping Sea Glass

Took yesterday off of work for my birthday…spent a leisure day of beading, wire wrapping, lunch and a movie.

First off…if you haven’t already seen it, you gotta go see the 3-D version of Journey to the Center of the Earth! OMGosh! That was fun.

Sunday night I started a necklace to hang one of my pieces of sea glass that I collected on the beach in Monterey earlier this month. Took apart two necklaces I found for 99 cents at our local Goodwill store and used the beads to make my own design. I think they may be clay beads…I liked them. Had some green moss stone beads and other beads floating around…dumped them into a dish and just used whatever caught my fancy. Well…didn’t like how the first one laid. I used two wooden disk beads too close to the wire-wrapped glass and it just didn’t lay the way I wanted it to.

Here’s what the first necklace looked like ~

Here’s what the remake looks like…the one that I have on today. Had to re-wrap the green glass piece…didn’t get it the same, sorta liked it better the first time. Oh well. The first time I wrapped it so it went straight onto the necklace without a jump ring…the second time I used a jump ring to attach the glass to the necklace.

And here is what I used…beading wire, beads, 20 gauge copper wire, hemp 20 lb test, and a nifty cast iron grippy doo-dad that I picked up for 50 cents at a yard sale.

Weekend in Monterey at the Beach Resort at Seaside

OMGosh…Best Western’s Beach Resort Monterey was very nice! We walked into the main lobby and my niece, nephew and I left my mom at the front desk and immediately put our noses to the wall-to-wall windows facing the ocean. You’d think we’ve never seen the ocean before. We arrived about 12:30, since our rooms wouldn’t be ready until 3:oo pm we went out to the beach to roam. (We had oceanfront rooms on the ground level) After settling in, cleaning off the sand and changing clothes (those of us that got all wet) we drove into town to find dinner. Ate at Chili’s then came back…my sister, niece and I took a long walk north and took pictures of the sunset.

Saturday morning I got up around 5:45 to hit the beach looking for glass and whatnot before hightide hit again. Shut the door, turned around and saw Humpback whales swimming not too far off shore! Spun around and pounded on our two rooms for everyone to come out to look. After all the excitement three of us went back to bed and the rest of us went for a very long walk towards Monterey. We found lots of sea glass, some bones, cool rocks with worm holes, 2 dead seals and lots of whole sand dollars….we left the seals there. On the way back we had dolphins follow us back.

Looking back at the hotel, which is the next group of buildings past the brown condos.

Back to the hotel to clean up and then went to the Aquarium.

And my absolute favorite ~ the Rays. They are so soft…and I love feeding them. They were my favorite 20 years ago and they’re still my favorite.

After a mini arguement on where to catch the 17 Mile Drive, we found it and headed on our way. BIL drooled over the golf courses and the large homes…we ooowwww-ahhhhed over the beach and seals.

Back to the hotel…scoured the phone book for a pizza place, drove to pick up dinner. Then off for another evening walk for more glass. The same time I found a sharks tooth (1/2 if a fossilized Great White tooth), my sister found some blue glass…we exchanged as that is what we were looking for! 🙂 Had to reign in the boy from chasing seagulls and headed back.

Sunday morning I went for a walk by myself, didn’t see whales nor dolphins, but there were three seals playing in the surf in the direction I was walking. I took some plastic bags and collected trash while picking up sea glass and rocks…I did throw the broken glass back out into the ocean, hoping someday someone else can comb the beach for sea glass. 🙂 It’s amazing how we humans litter the beach…plastic and paper trash everywhere! If you had room to pack it in, then you have room to pack it out. Grrrr.

We left about 9:30-ish back for Sparks. Went from 66F-68F partly foggy partly sunny to high 90F smoke filled sky. Welcome home. ACK!

Forgot to show my treasures ~ here they are!

My sister just sent me her picture of one of the seals from the 17 Mile Drive near Pebble Beach ~ he’s laughing at something! Probably getting a good laugh at all of us taking pictures.

So How DO You Drill Holes in the Bloody Sea Glass?!

Ok…I’m beyond frustrated. How the heck does a person drill a bloody hole in a piece of sea glass?! I have lots of lovelies that I’m afraid to drill until I figure it out…am now working on broken beer bottles I’ve found in the alley. I just can’t do it.

Here are two pieces I started out with ~

How I wanted to wire wrap them ~

What that beautiful brown beach glass looked like after I tried to drill it ~

I placed the glass on a soaking wash cloth and poured water onto it while drilling. I used a diamond bit dremel tool drill bit…and either I break the glass or the drill bit just spins and spins without doing anything.

Other than telling me to go buy beach glass already drilled…anyone have any ideas? O PHULEEEZ ~ O PHULEEZ ~ O PHULEEZ!!!!!

Wind, Snow, Beach Glass and Monsterslayer ~ all in one day

The Truckee Meadows was wind blown yesterday and last night…checked the weeping cherry and the lilac bush, both were still standing uprightl! Had my fingers crossed as we had 40 mph winds with gusts up to 84 mph! Sheesh. And to top off the bloody bad weather ~ this morning when I looked out the window here at work ~ what do I see?! SNOW! It was snowing! It’s cool and cloudy out there now with a breeze…went from 81 degrees on Sunday to 43 degrees today. And we’re having a cluster of wee earthquakes (in the 3’s)…seems like the epicenter is near Verdi. Just felt one about 2:33 pm…was more this morning too.

The mail was sweet to me though! Popped into the post office at lunch today and found my order from Monsterslayer and Sea of Glass sitting there waiting for me ~ YEAH!

From MONSTERSLAYER I received a box of silver and copper wire and wire wrap pliers…I wanted to try out the silver square wire and I needed a couple of different gauges of copper. They are pretty dang fast with their orders! Placed an order in the mid-morning and that puppy was already being picked and out the door that afternoon. Very impressed with them.

SEA OF GLASS is a shop on Etsy run by Laura. I bought some green and brown sea glass that was collected in Rincon, Puerto Rico. Really nice medium size peices ~ I’ve gotten some beach glass from other folks…trying to find the right size. Sometimes you can’t really gauge it off of the pictures. Am very happy with this transaction.

I think tonight I’ll organize all of my tools, wire, glass, beads and other supplies…we’re going to have crappy weather the rest of the week through the weekend so it looks like I’ll be doing inside stuffus instead of yard work. G&G Nursery won’t have Old English Roses in for another few weeks…that gives me time to do other things. Like learning to braid/knot hemp….and drill holes in glass! 🙂