How to Make a Bowl From Sea Glass

4 Materials
2 Hours

As a family we love roaming beaches, hunting for treasures. We particularly love looking for pieces of sea glass. But once we get it home we then wonder what to make or do with the sea glass. We have several containers of collected sea glass ready for us to have a play and experiment with. I have made some pendant jewelry ( sea glass jewelry DIY). My husband has been experimenting with ways to create three dimensional forms.

His first experiments did not quite pan out - although a glue gun worked initially overtime the sculptural form collapsed. Today I am going to share with you his sea glass bowl, which particularly looks lovely when lit with battery operated candles.

Start with a small bowl which is going to act as mould, cover with three to four layers of cling film.

Using some very tacky PVA start at what will be when finished the top of the bowl (currently face down and therefore the base). Layer up the tacky PVA and place your sea glass pieces to create a smooth edge around the rim.

Gradually build your way up, all around until your reach the top. As you make the flat base pick pieces which are as similar as possible the same depth so you have a flat base once dried.

Allow to dry for a good week, or longer as required. Once you are sure the glue is dry carefully remove the bowl. You may be able to peel the cling film off from inside the sea glass bowl, but if you can't don't worry as it won't be particularly visible, just trim the cling film to the top of your finished bowl.

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  • Reta Reta on Apr 23, 2019

    What’s Pva glue

  • N. G. Londonderry N. G. Londonderry on Apr 30, 2019

    Isn’t the finished bowl very fragile with only a base of dried glue? It looks pretty though!

  • Linda Premo Linda Premo on May 06, 2019

    This is a beautiful bowl❣️You can also adhere the gorgeous sea glass directly to a glass bowl with any clear glass glue. Where on earth did you find this much green sea glass? It’s my favorite. I know we can buy it but it’s usually just tumbled glass, not the real thing.

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