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Make Your Own Sea Glass Mobile
Have you ever walked along the beach where the waves wash over rocks and shells? When you look down you might see pieces of glass that have been polished smooth by the action of the waves swooshing over the rocks creating the ideal material for turning into a beautiful mobile. Did you know that you can also find sea glass on the shores of large lakes?
When we visited friends in Alma, Quebec we discovered dozens of pieces of sea glass lying on the edge of the shore. Picking them up and looking at the light shining through the little glass pieces all I could think of was how nice it would be to make a mobile from them.
I didn't know at the time how easy it is to make holes in the glass with a drill press. Until now, I have always used a hot glue gun with nylon string.
Watch the video below to learn how easy it is to use a drill press. Follow those instructions and you will have a delightful machine drilled sea glass mobile. If, on the other hand, you can't afford a drill press, just use a glue gun and string.
As I walked along the shore of Alma Lake I started noticing pieces of sea glass. My favorite color is green so I picked up mostly green glass but I also picked up some clear glass as well as rounded bits of Terracotta colored bricks. I love the way these colors look so natural together.
I also found a few pieces of driftwood. There was one piece that I especially liked. The bark had fallen off and the wood had been bleached from the sun. I picked it up and saved it with the pieces of glass in order to make a mobile when I got home.
Steps for creating a natural Sea Glass Mobile
- Collect sea glass
- Pick up a piece of driftwood too
- Drill holes in the glass and attach a string or rust proof chain. (Or just hot glue it on if you are going to hang it inside.)
- Attach the strings or chains to the driftwood.
- Add an additional string or chain attached to each end of the driftwood for hanging it from a nail or tree branch.
- Enjoy the tinkling sound of sea glass as it gently chimes in the wind.
Tips for Finding Sea Glass
In Search of Sea Glass
My favorite spot for finding sea glass is at Swampscott Beach just north of Boston, Ma. The waves constantly roll across the rocks, stones, shells and broken bottles. It is the broken bottles that we are looking for when searching for sea glass.
My favorites are the green ones but you will also find brown, blue and clear glass. Combining these colors into a mobile or other sea glass art project is simple and fun.
Today we will be making a mobile but you also might keep a collection in a glass mason jar on a windowsill where the light would shine through it. A basket of sea glass looks nice on the coffee table. Sea glass glued to form letters and words makes a beautiful sign.
There are dozens of ideas for using sea glass.I keep a Pinterest board for Sea Glass Craft Project Ideas. There are also ideas for using sea glass to teach math, create signs, decorate letters, make maps, create art projects, Christmas decorations and so much more. There are even ideas for sensory tables, Invitation to Play suggestions as well as beautiful images of sea glass.
Drilling Holes in Glass
Collecting Sea Glass
How to drill holes in sea glass to make a wind chime...
Another way of making a wind chime is to drill little holes in each piece of glass in order to attach the pieces to string or chain which would then hang from a piece of driftwood. I have always been afraid of drilling glass for fear of getting shards of glass in my eyes or fingers but with the right equipment I discovered there is no need for fear.
Using a drill press designed for making very small holes, is the first step. Using the drill press correctly, with water to cool the diamond tip and something soft such as wood or rubber to hold the piece of glass is the second step. Lastly, put on clear safety goggles and wear leather gloves and you are all set.
Listen to the Sea Glass Wind Chimes
Sea Glass Mobile Discussion
Where will you hang your mobile?
Have you started your own collection of natural materials to turn into a mobile? I like to hang mobiles outdoors near the garden, on the front porch, in bathrooms or bedrooms. Adding natural elements, used in artistic ways, add beauty and serenity to your home and garden. Where will you hang your mobile?