Reclaimed Glass Jewellery
I was so inspired by some of the sea glass jewellery I’ve seen that I decided to make my own, but I had to do things a little differently!
For a start, Toronto is nowhere near the sea, so I had to make do with glass from the Leslie Street Spit. Since the Spit is all made from construction refuse, glass that had been polished by the waves was easy to find.
The next problem was that I don’t have a glass drill, so I used silver heavy gauge wire to wrap each piece. I think the results are still quite lovely.
I love the Leslie Street Spit – and I couldn’t stop thinking of the possibilities for jewellery made from it. After working with polished glass I tried an experimental piece with glass that was still rough looking, but smooth enough to wear:
It looks like rough quartz – I love it!
Lastly I experimented with what I believe were broken pieces of tile that were also strewn around the beach.
The tile had been similarly wave polished. To give the ends a more finished look I used silver filigree cones.
I polished it off with simple magnet clasps. I definitely enjoyed this little exercise, can’t wait to try making more!