This is a 38x18mm dog tag shaped, one-of-a-kind, handmade Sea Glass bead dangle that I made out of a broken cobalt colored, vintage, GENUINE FIESTA plate! I was going to use the shards for mosaic tile, but I like this better! This piece is about 9mm thick with a 4mm front drill hole.
PERFECT for creative beading or to make a HOLIDAY ORNAMENT or necklace for a Fiesta collector (Valentines, Christmas)! I cut, sanded, drilled and THEN tumbled it to make it look like a piece of beach glass or beach worn pottery so the finish is a consistent satinny matte, and the edges rounded. It's like Custom made "Sea Glass Fiesta"!
Chain not included. See the rest of my listings in my DVHdesigns Etsy shop AND my eBay store for more focal beads, custom cut cabochons, cold worked glass, genuine jet mourning beads, sterling chains just for beads, and more! Also, feel free check out my DVHdesigns website where you can see what I'm up to in the studio, as well as learn more about me, my work, and my upcoming show-lecture schedule.
Here's the story of how I got into making handcrafted beach glass beads.......
A dozen years ago 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. Most all the pieces are chipped or badly worn so they don't have much value as "collectible". 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 haven't done too much of this series of "Custom Sea Glass" or "handcrafted beach glass" during the past 5 years and it feels fun to be doing lapidary work with glass, china, & pottery again! I love the sense of having an entirely different "Palette of color, pattern, and material" to work with.