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Project

Sea-Glass Earrings

It's easy to transform gently wave-worn remnants such as sea glass into beautiful earrings.

Introduction

For this project, you'll need sea-glass pieces of the same size and color. Keep in mind that thinner pieces are easier to drill.

Materials

  • Sea-glass shards
  • Plastic container of water
  • Safety glasses
  • Pencil
  • Craft drill, such as Stylus rotary tool kit by Dremel, from Lowe's
  • No. 61 drill bit, from Metalliferous
  • Earring wires (we used 0.029-inch sterling-silver earring wire, from Metalliferous)

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Fill a plastic container with a small amount of water, and set a shard of sea glass inside; it should be slightly covered but not submerged (drilling the shard in water will guard against cracking and prevent it from getting too hot).

  2. Step 2

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    Wearing safety glasses and holding the shard with the eraser end of a pencil, make a hole in glass using a craft drill fitted with a No. 61 diamond bit (it may take a few tries to drill through completely).

  3. Step 3

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    Slip shards onto store-bought earring wires.