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Being the owner of a Silhouette Cameo or Cricut Explore can be totally life changing – because the machines are so flexible to be incorporated into so many different projects. Today, I’m thinking “outside the box” and sharing sea glass jewelry I recently made.
First, I have to share my failure. Originally, this post was supposed to be an etched sea glass necklace tutorial using Etchall Etching Creme. When I etched the sea glass, the etch was so light that it was barely noticeable. So, I started over. I soaked my sea glass pendant in Etchall Dip ‘N Etch to erase my failure and started again. Now, here’s a tutorial to create a sea glass pendant using a Dremel tool.
Sea Glass Jewelry Tutorial
- Find some sea glass. If you aren’t familiar, sea glass is glass (from bottles, windows, etc) that was discarded or lost in the ocean. The waves tumble it to a nice frosted finish and it eventually washes on shore. It’s getting harder to find sea glass – because society uses less glass and more plastic in modern times. If you don’t live near the beach – you can order some here on Etsy (which is what I did). You’ll need to buy predrilled or drill a hole in it (mine came predrilled).
- Create a design in Silhouette Studio or Cricut Design Space and cut it in vinyl. Weed it and apply it to your sea glass. You’ll see that there were little bits along the way that I didn’t weed out. No big deal.
- Using a Dremel tool (I have a model 4000), and a grinding attachment you are going to grind off the top layer of glass around your vinyl.
- Continue grinding until your go around your entire stencil and any bits in the middle. A smaller grinding tip would have been useful to me, but it wasn’t a big deal.
- Remove the stencil and rinse off the sea glass.
- When your sea glass dries, you’ll be able to touch up any spots you missed. Then, add a bail (that’s the mounting at the top that allow is to hang on a chain) and wear it – or sell it!
As I’ve said before, and I will continue to say – don’t be afraid to try new things with your Silhouette Cameo or Cricut Explore. Experiments can sometimes turn into profitable ventures!
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Since 2015, Christine Schinagl has been helping crafters start and run craft businesses through her blog, Cutting for Business. As a Silhouette and Cricut crafter herself, she has a unique take on what works and what doesn’t work in the craft business world. She also teaches a course on creating digital SVG designs, available at How to Design SVGs.