Colourful sand-blasted fragments of sea glass are abundant on our shores. Collect a pile on your summer beach visits and use them to create a dazzling underwater scene.
You Will Need
- Pieces of sea glass
- One piece of stiff card
- strong glue
- Wooden frame
Foraging for seaglass on the beach becomes an absorbing treasure hunt – but unless you are on a particularly productive beach (beaches near old bottle makers are the best!), it takes time. Once you have a good haul, separate them into separate colours.
Use a piece of stiff card for your background – white or pale shades reflect light through the seaglass. Play around with your shapes, positioning larger pieces of glass for the head, tail and fins, and smaller pieces to create a scaling effect.
Once you’re happy with the composition of your fish (a range of sizes works well) glue your glass to the card. A good-quality clear glue will provide enough adhesion. Be patient and, if you get frustrated, take a breather. This is a slow but rewarding process.
Keep aside some brown and green glass to create fronds of waterweed or seaweed rising up from the bottom of the composition. You might want to add a pebble sea floor or other elements, but don’t overcrowd the picture. Frame it and hang on a brightly lit wall.