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Make Beach Glass Earrings

July 23rd, 2014     

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With just a few pieces of beach glass and a Dremel tool, you can whip up a pair of earthy, summery earrings.

With just a few pieces of beach glass and a Dremel tool, you can whip up a pair of earthy, summery earrings.

Jennifer Worick

I picked four pieces of brown glass that are roughly the same size.

I picked four pieces of brown glass that are roughly the same size.

Jennifer Worick

You need to use a diamond bit for your Dremel; it is designed to work on glass.

You need to use a diamond bit for your Dremel; it is designed to work on glass.

Jennifer Worick

With just a few pieces of beach glass and a Dremel tool, you can whip up a pair of earthy, summery earrings.

With just a few pieces of beach glass and a Dremel tool, you can whip up a pair of earthy, summery earrings.

Photo: Jennifer Worick

I used to crave souvenirs from trading posts, truck stops, and gift shops when I was on vacation. These days, I’d much rather pick up a natural item than an ill-advised T-shirt or tchotchke. When my wanderings take me to the beach, I sort of lose my mind, filling my pockets with rocks, shells, and the rare piece of beach glass. Over the years, the beach glass has accumulated, and I have bowls of it sprinkled throughout my home. I thought I’d take a few choice pieces and create a swingy pair of earrings. They were so quick that I’m thinking that my friends and family are going to be tricked out in glassy baubles in short order.

  I picked four pieces of brown glass that are roughly the same size.

You’ll need:

  • Safety glasses
  • Old kitchen sponge
  • Shallow metal pan
  • Water
  • Four pieces of small beach glass
  • Dremel tool with 1/16-inch diamond drill bit
  • Chain-nose pliers
  • Six 7mm sterling silver jump rings
  • Two 5mm jump rings
  • Two ear wires
  • Clear nail polish (optional)

Step 1: Put on your safety glasses. Place a thick sponge, rough side up, in a shallow pan half filled with water. Get ready to drill holes in some beach glass. Start by placing your Dremel tool with the diamond bit at a 90-degree angle to the glass. It’s best to position the hole near the edge of the glass so that you can attach a jump ring. Only the bit should be in the water; keep the rest of the Dremel well above and away from the water line.

  You need to use a diamond bit for your Dremel; it is designed to work on glass.
  Place your glass on a sponge in a shallow pan of water to do your drilling, and make sure the Dremel is positioned at 90 degrees to the glass.

Start with a low setting and let the drill do the work (in other words, don’t push down). You’ll know when you’ve completed your hole as it will “give” when it breaks through to the other side.

  The drilled hole is the perfect size for a jump ring. Just make sure to drill pretty close to the edge so you can get a jump ring in there.

posted in: Jewelry, earrings, wearable, beachy, beach glass, dangles


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