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DIY Sea Glass Bowl

As a family we love roaming beaches, hunting for treasures. We particularly love looking for pieces of sea glass. But once we get it home we then wonder what to make or do with the sea glass. We have several containers of collected sea glass ready for us to have a play and experiment with. I have made some pendant jewellery (sea glass jewelry DIY). My husband has been experimenting with ways to create three-dimensional forms.
His first experiments did not quite pan out – although a glue gun worked initially overtime the sculptural form collapsed. Today I am going to share with you his sea glass bowl, which particularly looks lovely when lit with battery operated candles.
Learn how to make a sea glass bowl with tacky glue - this make a perfect craft for your lovely collected sea glass

How to make a sea glass bowl

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Start with a small bowl which is going to act as mould, cover with three to four layers of cling film. A large bowl will is not likely to hold its shape.

Using some very tacky PVA start at what will be when finished the top of the bowl (currently face down and therefore the base). Layer up the tacky PVA and place your sea glass pieces to create a smooth edge around the rim.

Gradually build your way up, all around until your reach the top. As you make the flat base pick pieces which are as similar as possible the same depth so you have a flat base once dried.
Allow to dry for a good week, or longer as required. Once you are sure the glue is dry carefully remove the bowl.
Learn how to make a sea glass bowl with tacky clue - this make a perfect craft for your lovely collected sea glass
You may be able to peel the cling film off from inside the sea glass bowl, but if you can’t don’t worry as it won’t be particularly visible, just trim the cling film to the top of your finished bowl.
We have battery candles in our sea glass bowl which give a little light shining through highlighting the wonderful different colours. If you also love gathering finds at the beach check out my sea glass Christmas decorations or how about a heavyweight doorstop from washed up bricks.

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Vicky

Saturday 28th of September 2019

Do you have the bowl the wrong side up? You definitely need to stack the sea glass on top of each other (like laying bricks) and have a sticky thickish glue - perhaps try a different glue?

Karen McCaffrey

Friday 27th of September 2019

My sea glass pieces all start to slide down the bowl before the glue is dried. How can I prevent this?

Judy Sasim

Thursday 12th of September 2019

What exactly is sea glass?could a person nust use broken glass? Also, is there a way to be able to use it?

Vicky

Saturday 14th of September 2019

Good questions :) Sea glass is broken glass that has been washed lots by the sea, its the equivalent of wood being sanded, the sea softens the edges so they are no longer sharp.You could use broken glass but then you would have sharp edges. Here is a post how to make fake sea glass at home https://www.instructables.com/id/Making-fake-sea-glass-at-home/ Hope it helps, Vicky

Lisa @ Cucicucicoo: Eco Sewing & Crafting

Monday 17th of June 2019

This is just gorgeous! I really want to try this out. It must be amazing with light shining through!

Madison Lane

Tuesday 11th of June 2019

Thank you!

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