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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Sea Glass Art

Sean and I made a trip out to Port Townsend with his family last summer and by accident we found a great little beach for finding "mermaid's tears"sea glass. I had only found bigger, jagged pieces before, which I found out later aren't really mature pieces of sea glass. On my discovery of these perfect little pieces, I was enchanted even further by the dance between glass and the sea.

These are a few of my blue pieces we've collected.

I've never known how to display these tiny tears before. I've tried them in glasses, bottles, jars, and trays, but nothing really made me happy. I finally decided one day to just make art out of them! I've been fascinated with starfish lately so I knew that's what I had to do. 

Here's what I came up with!

I found two shadow boxes at Goodwill for really cheap. I loathe sports themed boy stuff so it didn't hurt to cover these up.

I managed to have a decent pile of little brown pieces in my collection. I tried making a green one, but I didn't have enough and I wanted them to complement each other.

I set out the first one pretty quickly but the second one just never looked as good at the first one so I had to keep tweaking them for a few hours. 

By that time, there was no way in heck I was going to move any of those pieces to glue them down again, so what do I do?? I pour Mod Podge all over them and hope it works!!

It took a few days to dry and then I noticed that they were too shiny for my liking, so I lightly scrubbed  some of the Mod Podge off the glass with a sponge. I was left with a halfway natural and halfway glossy starfish. I like it because sea glass is usually slightly glossy looking when I find it, from the sea water and I hate to lose that beauty when it dries. 

My little Catpanion always comes running as soon as I get down on the floor. Since I do almost all of my projects on the floor, it never fails that I have the fuzziest (and most distracting) assistant. I don't mind though, it's nice to have the company. :)

-Rachel (and Kitty)


  1. Thank you for posting! I love this!!

  2. Love these!!! What kind of backing is the glass set on? About how long does the mod lodge take to dry? Thanks!!

    1. Hi Nancy!
      The backing is almost a cardboard type thickness and the mod podge took about 2 days to dry fully. I still have them on my wall now, years later, so it's worth the wait! :)