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Project

Sea-Glass Mobile

Introduction

Sea-glass pieces and ceramic shards, another beach find, can be combined in a Calder-esque mobile, producing a charming effect when hung by a window. 

This mobile can be customized to include as many tiers or found objects as you like.

Materials

  • Driftwood
  • Nylon cord
  • Sea glass or pottery
  • Cement glue

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Cut a length of nylon cord. Wrap one end around a shard of sea glass or pottery and double-knot to secure. Continue adding shards until you've completed a string for the bottom tier.

  2. Step 2

    Apply a dot of cement glue between each shard and its knot. 

  3. Step 3

    Repeat steps 1 and 2 to make another string for the bottom tier.

  4. Step 4

    Attach strings to a piece of driftwood with double knots, and apply glue between knots and wood. Tie a piece of cord loosely to the center of the driftwood; dangle mobile from cord, and adjust cord for balance.

  5. Step 5

    Create strings for subsequent tiers, and attach to pieces of driftwood, working from the bottom up; check balance at each level.

  6. Step 6

    Tie a length of cord to top piece of driftwood to hang.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, August 2007

Reviews (6)

  • scrapyj 16 Jul, 2012

    I like this, will try and make it with my grandchildren this week.. It's so pretty.. Thanks

  • amandassoaps 12 Sep, 2011

    Neat idea Hope I can pull it off

  • Crart 12 Sep, 2011

    I can imagine adding these to clothing as well. What about a scarf, a skirt, on a jacket, or shirt. So many possibilities. What about on a purse, a pillow, a bed skirt. The list goes on and on.

  • injoystampin 12 Sep, 2011

    Such a fabulous project, the video is definitely more helpful than the written tutorial, but that stands to reason. :) Thanks so much for sharing - I love the mobile idea!

  • Spankyzmom 20 Aug, 2011

    Maybe adding a few shells here and there would be nice too! I agree, the instructions should be more detailed!

  • BernardoGal 19 Aug, 2011

    I wish the instructions were more detailed. This is a lovely project . I'm going to make some of the mobiles and take Martha's idea of trimming a lamp shade or window curtain.
    Thanks for sharing this.