This is a 54x21x13mm, amber colored, freeform shaped, one of a kind, handmade bead that I made (coldworked) from a vintage glass ashtray I cut up. I LOVE the bubbly patterned surface of this piece. It's from a small, short, cylindrical glass that had thick walls and this lovely pattern all over the surface. Very tactile. This piece has a 2.5 mm side drill hole. I cut, sanded, drilled and THEN tumbled it to make it look like a piece of beach glass so the finish is consistent and the edges rounded & smooth, like it washed up on a beach. The high points are smoothed down matte finish while the low points and depressions are still shiny, creating a neat effect. Great as a pendant or an ornament.
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Back in the mid 90's I noticed some local art jewelers who were using beach glass in their work. I asked one gallery owner in Seattle how a certain jeweler got so much uniform beach glass for her production work. She let me in on the secret that this jeweler made her own beach glass. A light went on in my head! I could easily make my own beach glass! Since then I’ve collected all kinds of patterned glass from Value Village, Goodwill, garage sales, and even my Grandma’s estate. I’ve been making all sorts of unusual pieces from this. No two are ever exactly alike. I cut up the glass on my diamond saw, shape it, sand it, drill it if it’s going to be a bead, and then tumble it to create a matte finish. I hope you enjoy my creative recycling efforts as much as I do making them!