Real sea glass brings so much more character to your piece of jewelry, so it's important that you recognize the need to use only the best when making jewelry.
Use the real stuff. When you make sea glass jewelry, you have to use the real stuff. No imposters here, folks. Use only genuine sea glass and not anything manufactured to look similar to the real thing. It will make a huge difference in the overall finished look of your jewelry. Real sea glass will have imperfections (like nicks and dings and ‘C' marks from hitting rocks), whereas man-made sea glass have a more perfect shape and a pristine finish. Real sea glass brings so much more character to your piece of jewelry, so it's important that you recognize the need to use only the best when making jewelry.
Use wire. There are a few different ways that you can attach sea glass to your jewelry. If you prefer not to drill through your sea glass, you can wrap a wire around the sea glass and then bend the wire to create a pendant out of your sea glass. Use a small pair of needle-nosed pliers and whatever your preferred kind of wire (sterling silver, gold-plated, copper-plated, etc.). If you want a thinner wire, look for a wire with a higher number or gauge between 18 and 22. You can even choose the shape of your wire, from round to square and flat to beaded. Your options are endless, but if you're just a beginner, round, soft wire is easiest to work with when using sea glass. Wrap the wire in any fashion you like around the piece of sea glass (around the edges, in a swirl around the whole piece, or just around the edges of the sea glass). Make sure you create a loop for the string of your jewelry to pass through. Once you have attached the wire to your sea glass, it is ready to be made into your favorite piece of jewelry.
Try drilling. Another option for attaching sea glass to jewelry is to drill a hole in it. While this will affect the natural look of the stone somewhat, it is easier to attach and guaranteed not to fall off of your jewelry. Drilling through any type of glass, especially sea glass, requires a steady hand and lots of patience. Rush this process, and you'll break your sea glass in two. You should use a small drill like a Dremel with a diamond bit. Then clamp down your sea glass and continuously pour water over your piece of sea glass to keep the drill and the glass cooled. It's a bit tricky, so if you have your doubts, look for pre-drilled sea glass to use when making your jewelry. You can also approach a seasoned jewelry maker and ask him or her to drill your sea glass piece for you. Then you can be sure that you'll preserve your piece of sea glass so that you can still use it on a necklace, bracelet or pair of earrings.
Making sea glass jewelry is as simple as deciding how you will attach your sea glass to your jewelry string, whether you're making a necklace or a bracelet. Once you've done this, you can continue to add beads and other items to your jewelry, or let your beautiful piece of sea glass stand alone, making a striking piece of sea glass jewelry.