I am often asked if I can make a piece of jewelry with a customer's own sea glass. The answer is "Yes .... BUT...." With the BUT being the sea glass must be jewelry quality. Most of my work involves bezel setting the sea glass so there are certain characteristics I look for in sea glass for my jewelry that I'd like to share with you.
The photo above shows three pieces of sea glass that are excellent for bezel setting; smooth, relatively flat, no chips.
These are the same pieces of sea glass as photo 1 from the top. Again, no sharp, irregular edges which makes it possible for a bezel to conform to the sea glass.
The pieces of sea glass above while very pretty won't work for bezel setting. They are too irregular.
These are the same pieces as photo 3 but from the top. The pieces are too sharp and/or irregular while piece# 4 is more of a marble.
I'm sure some clever jeweler could find a method for using irregular pieces which are also known as "craft" quality. But for my jewelry I am sticking with jewelry quality sea glass.
I'm Karen Howard the Jewelry Artist at Cozy Cove Studio. Here you'll find my random thoughts on everything from jewelry making to life on Cozy Cove. It's a beautiful place to live and I'm happy to share.