Mermaid tears. Beach glass. Sea gems. Sea glass. Whatever you prefer to call them, they have dazzled beachcombers, crafters, and artists for many years. Now learn how to create a mosaic using your sea glass collection! You can search for sea glass amongst the ocean waves and bay shore or purchase sea glass online.
- Sea Glass
- Frame with the Original Glass
- Drawing Paper
- Marker or Pencil
Step 1: Organize sea glass by color.
Step 2: Sketch your design on drawing paper.
Step 3: Flip the frame over and tape the design onto the back of the glass.
Step 4: Flip the frame over again with the front of the glass facing upwards with your design behind it.
Step 5: Without gluing, arrange your glass over the design. Make changes in the arrangement of glass pieces if you cannot find the right size at first. It is similar to a puzzle!
Step 6: Once you have a final arrangement, glue each piece using 100% silicone. Use tweezers to help with the smaller pieces of glass.
Step 7: Allow the silicone to dry and then hang your sea glass mosaic on the wall. If able, hang it in a window to turn it into a beautiful suncatcher.
Learning and Discussion Questions:
1. Where does sea glass come from? Watch this video to learn how sea glass is created.
2. Sea glass can be purchased online; however, you can also find it on the beach! Here are a few New Jersey locations where you can find sea glass:
- Fortescue, NJ
- Seaside Heights, NJ
- Barnegat Light, NJ
- Bay Head, NJ
- Point Pleasant Beach, NJ
- Long Beach Island, NJ
3. Visit these websites to learn from passionate sea glass collectors:
4. Do you want to become a sea glass hunter? Here are a few suggested readings:
- The Ultimate Guide to Sea Glass: Finding, Collecting, Identifying, and Using the Ocean’s Most Beautiful Stones
- The Ultimate Guide to Sea Glass: Beach Comber’s Edition: Finding, Collecting, Identifying, and Using the Ocean’s Most Beautiful Stones
- Sea Glass Hunter’s Handbook
- Windows to the Past: Creating Sea Glass Mosaic Art
Thank you to our sponsor, PNC Arts Alive!, for helping to make this video possible!