Mt. Rainier and Lenticular Clouds - Dec. 2008 copyright: JMM

March 11, 2013

Beachy Crafts

I've seen some tutorials online for drilling holes in beach glass and rocks.  I was going to take a class in Sandwich in February but it filled up and had a waiting list so I bagged it and found a cheap set of diamond tipped drill bits on   They work really well!  It's a little rough on the shoulder, it takes speed control and several minutes to drill through.  My fully charged drill battery died after doing just these 2.  It's just nice to know that I was able to do this myself with a $5.99 set of bits, instead of taking that class in Sandwich that was going to cost over $60 for materials & instruction. 

Marsha brought me back a sackful of shells from Sanibel Island so I made good use of them.

This is my first attempt at stitching together 3 pictures into one, using a very basic photo editing program called Photo Expressions.  That's why the background looks a little wonky.

I DID NOT MAKE THIS.  My friends posted it to Pinterest and on my timeline as an idea for a project.  I would post who this belonged to if I had the link but I don't.  It didn't lead anywhere on Pinterest.

This is my version.  Another 'never again', or at least not for awhile.  For one thing, I have no idea what I'm doing when it comes to wire wrapping so I wung it.  I was going to do 5 strands of glass but stopped at 3 because of the frustration level.  I wish now I'd taken Mark Lareau's 'All Wired Up' class at The Bead Factory in Tacoma, but I figured I'd never venture into that particular craft.

This was another Pinterest idea.  I need to buy shiny-drying paint though.  It was too cold to use the sealant on them so I stuck the eyes on without it, because I'm impatient.   I call them Pocket Palz.  It's so nice to have an unlimited supply of beach rocks for this!

This is the final result of the drilling beach/craft glass and rock.

Then I put some of my beach glass chips into a teeny bottle and made a necklace out of it.


  1. Anonymous7:38 AM

    As always, your ingenuity is amazing :0)

  2. I think your version came out great, JoJo!

  3. Idea for your pocket pals - stick a magnet on the back and make them into fridge magnets?

  4. You always create wonderful stuff! I wish I have the time and talent like you do. But, I just live through what you post on here. They're awesome!

    Sonnia J. Kemmer

  5. Such cool and pretty stuff! Awesome!


  6. You've been busy JoJo! Love the end result! Your wire wrapping turned out great!

  7. As always, everything you make is amazing. I can't wait till I head to Florida in May so I can stock up on shells and hopefully some beach glass to craft with too! :D

  8. Resourcefulness and ingenuity are two of your attributes, JoJo.

    I like seeing the examples of the attempts as well as the successes. Thanks for sharing your photos.

  9. Hi, Jojo!
    I'm always glad to see your beautiful have such an incredible style.Those hanging glass and rock are pretty! and now I know how I can use a small glass jar left from a medicine!lovely idea!

  10. Amazing as usual you should really open a shop to sell these things. I like the idea of painting stones and putting eyes on them I'm going to do it with the toddler I childmind, what kind of glue did you use to stick the eyes on the stones?

  11. cuuuuuuute!!! I love all the happy colours! :D


  12. You are so creative; I'm jealous! Love the transformation of the shells.

  13. wow! there is so much to love in this post! The rock monsters are just brilliant, love them. I adore your mobile, it's gorgeous and well done for trying the drilling and wire wrapping (utube/blog tutorials should help you with that skill) they turned out great!

  14. Love the dangly beaded seashells!

  15. Great stuff JoJo. All your projects turned out fantastic.
    Everyday Inspired