DIY Blue Glass Necklace from an Antique Glass Insulator.
During our last weekend of summer break, before my husband started his fourth & final year of dental school, we took a little road trip with Roger’s parents to Ohio to visit his grandparents. This summer tradition is one that I look forward to every year & that I treasure greatly.
One particular aspect that I enjoy is helping my husband find his golf balls after he hits them into his grandfather’s fields. This year they thankfully they planted beans in this particular field & not corn!
ps you can find a funny picture of me walking through bean fields here!
Now I know it might sound funny that I actually enjoy – dare I say have fun – finding my husbands lost belongings, but it’s the truth! Although to be completely honest I use this as an excuse to trek through the bean fields looking for treasures that have been plowed up.
While most of my family look for arrow heads on the fertile Ohio ground, I look for lost things. Little trinkets like pottery & glass which are plentiful in their fields. Especially since I learned that Roger’s great grandmother use to throw her pottery & glass into the fields when they were broken. ps – Did you catch my Tinkerbell reference?
During one 10 minute excursion I found 4 lost things, two of which were beautiful blue pieces of glass.
While one of the light blue beauties might be from an old mason jar, the second was most definitely not. The glass on this one is rather thick, which leads me to believe it use to be from an old glass insulator – which are plentiful in Ohio!
Being a hoarder of anything that might be useful to a DIYer & crafter I kept all of my little trinkets. And over the last few weeks I have been toying with the idea of turning this thick blue piece of antique glass insulator into a necklace.
Although I do not wear a lot of jewelry I knew by turning it into a necklace I would be able to display it in a purposeful way that would be enjoyed by everyone & not just me. This DIY Blue Glass Necklace from an Antique Glass Insulator holds so many memories for me of Ohio, & history of my husband’s family, that I will forever be able to cherish near my heart.
Thick Glass (soft edges), Stone, or Rock
Thin Bead Wire (266GA – 0.41mm)
Small Ring (You can find this at any craft store, but I just ripped one off of a childhood necklace that screamed early 2000’s)
First, clean the glass & soften the edges if needed. My glass had been weathered down & just needed a good cleaning. Although I left some of the dirt in the little cracks, partly because I couldn’t clean them out & partly because I think it adds character.
Next, slip the ring onto the wire & let it hang near the spool. Then start wrapping the wire around the glass starting at the bottom of the glass.
About halfway through wrapping the wire move the ring to the top of the glass & continue wrapping the wire until the glass is secure.
Cut off the end leaving a long piece of excess wire & thread the excess through the already wrapped wire, on each side of the glass, ending at the bottom. Then cut off the excess wire, twisting the end if needed, & thread a chain through the ring.
Side note: The back of my glass has a little dip & I am a little worried the wire might slip off. So if it starts to become loose I might add a dab of E6000 on the back edges where it will not be noticeable. Also, I’m thinking about getting a secondary chain for this beauty, one that is longer so that I can wear it with a variety of outfits.
*Note: I found guidance for this DIY from Adventures in Creating via All Free Jewelry Making. Thanks ladies! 🙂
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With love, G
Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil.
For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow.
But woe to him who is alone when he falls & has not another to lift him up!
Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone?
And though a man might prevail against one who is alone,
two will withstand him-a threefold cord is not quickly broken.
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