Monday, September 7, 2009

Blush pink depression glass sea glass necklace

Labour of love the last few days, coaxing the piece of pink depression sea glass from Cape Breton into a necklace. The first step was to make a bezel of fine silver to fit the curves of the glass. Its quite a bit thicker on one side than the other:

Next, the bezel was soldered to silver sheet. I don't always back the pieces as some look better with the light shining through, and cuts down on the amount of silver used, but the silver behind this piece really highlights the floral pattern. Once the bezel is soldered to the sheet, the excess backing is cut away to be used in another project:

The next step was to form a bail by gently curving some silver tubing, which was then soldered to the bezel cup:

Now my favourite part, setting the sea glass. If this was a smooth, round cabachon, I would clean up the bezel cup first, sanding and polishing before setting the stone. Sea glass, with its non-uniform shape, is more challenging to set, and the bezel may be scratched, so I leave the polishing for afterward.

After some filing, sanding, and polishing, its looking more like a pendant. I slipped it on an 18" sterling silver snake chain, soldered on a clasp, and gave it 45 minutes in the tumbler with some stainless steel shot to harden the silver and give it a final polish.

Wish I knew the story behind the glass, where it was from, how it came to be in the sea. The Secret Life of Sea Glass, good title for a novel. Well, I would read it :)


  1. Beautifully set and a wonderful description of how you did it. Yes, would be wonderful to know the past story of the glass but it's great that it's 'alive' again now.

  2. Thanks Silver Moss, thats how I feel exactly, thats why its so fun to use reclaimed materials!

  3. The make up drives me crazy!!! i love to see my eyes outstanding and seductive and is very impressive to see my face when i use blush, my face stay with a youthful pink, wonderful. So when i make up very well is sure my date must to buy viagra because i am very ardous.


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