Monday, September 10, 2012

How to Create the Sea Glass Effect

Recently, on my favorite website on Earth, Pinterest, I saw an interesting pin about making sea glass.  You can find that posting here.  So, I decided to try this super pretty, and really simple process for myself because there are just a million beautiful ways to use it in art and crafting projects.

All you do is put a fair amount of plain white glue, I used Elmer's white school glue, into a paper cup, and add tiny bits of food coloring until you achieve the color you like.  I was going for pink, so small amounts of red food coloring gave me a good color.  First I tried it on the vase, pictured above.  Then, I tried it on a flat piece of picture frame glass.

Now, it didn't work as well on the flat glass, as you can see, there were a lot of bubbles.  But, I think where I went wrong was applying it too thickly.  I suggest that you apply very thin coats, about three or four very thin coats and I think you won't run into the drippy bubble problem.  Also, the glass of the vase was much heavier than that of the picture frame glass, so maybe that had something to do with it.

In the end, I wanted to use the picture frame glass for a poem, which I affixed to it with Mod Podge, and then coated the whole thing with Mod Podge.  It ended up with a really nice shiny look, and the Mod Podge, nor the acrylic paint I added on the vase did nothing to mess up the sea glass effect.  It also dried very quickly and the whole process was great.  I will definitely use it again many times!  I was thrilled with the end results.