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Driftwood and Sea Glass Sunburst

6 Materials
4 Hours

I'm always looking to try something different, I get bored easily! Since I've done driftwood sunburst mirrors in previous posts I wanted to go a different route! What do you find along the beach besides driftwood? Sea glass of course!
driftwood and sea glass sunburst
The wood was washed in vinegar water and dried, I gathered a pile of sticks that were 6" to 12" for this project. The base was a thin piece of mdf board that was cut was cut out to resemble a donut.
driftwood and sea glass sunburst
The wood pieces offer different tones, shapes and textures. In fitting them in place I always say its like doing a puzzle, wiggle and twist until it fits! I used a few dabs of hot glue for immediate grip along with Aleene's Tacky glue which was slower to dry but gave extra strength to the attached pieces. I don't use nails, I'm not a lover of seeing the holes they leave.
driftwood and sea glass sunburst
You'll notice the bare gaps between the sticks? This is where another layer will be fitted into place to hide the back base.
driftwood and sea glass sunburst
Here's the overall look after one layer of sticks has been glued into place.
driftwood and sea glass sunburst
So again as the previous directions stated glue with 2 types of glue, one for temporary hold and the other for the permanent grip. To finish off the raw inside edge I glued two layers of large jute rope. I sealed the cut ends with tacky glue to prevent fraying. The sea glass was glued into place with the reliable E6000 glue!
driftwood and sea glass sunburst
Here it is hanging in a beach themed bedroom, its hung using two Command Hooks for weight over 4 kg. This is fairly heavy piece but its hanging very securely on the wall now!
driftwood and sea glass sunburst
Here's a closeup of the glass and rope interior, I like the hint of ocean color. By the way this shade was created using white beach glass that I painted with Martha Stewart's frosted glass paint! The other green shades above are found naturally but I wanted blue! So what does a crafter do? They make it happen!
driftwood and sea glass sunburst
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Suggested materials:

  • <a href="" class="href-bb-tag" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Martha Stewart Glass Paint</a>  (Michael's or Amazon)
  • <a href="" class="href-bb-tag" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Aleene's Tacky Glue</a>  (Walmart or Amazon)
  • <a href="" class="href-bb-tag" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">E6000 Glue</a>  (Walmart or Amazon)
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2 questions
  • Janet McCarraher
    on Sep 13, 2017

    This looks great! Where did you get the wood? From the beach?
  • Emily
    on Sep 13, 2017

    Where did you get the sea glass? I live near beaches and my sea glass is not such regular shapes.
    • Sea Trace Creations
      on Nov 20, 2017

      Thanks for being so sweet and as long as you had fun making yours and it turned out great it was a success! I always say use what you have even if as Elaine suggested it's store bought you are making custom art that's meant to be unique!

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  • Pauline Lang
    on Sep 23, 2017

    I love this!!! in the process of making my family room a coastal, beachy look, this will go great!!! Thank you!
  • Elaine
    on Nov 19, 2017

    I‘ve loved interior decorating for as long as I can remember and am pretty fussy when it comes to home-crafted ideas. I like a project to look as high-end and professional as possible. Your lovely mirror fits that category! 😊 You did a really nice job, taking that extra step of concealing the edges of the mirror with rope and beach glass; many crafters skip that vital finishing touch. This is one project I will definitely make after Christmas. Thank you for your post!
    • Sea Trace Creations
      on Nov 22, 2017

      That's wonderful, you need to come back now to refresh your memory of our island, iceberg season is a wonderful opportunity to see the extra beauty here. Yes, I agree with using what you have accessible and if that means faking the look with a craft product I say go for it! Thanks for your input Elaine, we do think so much alike!

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