I’ll admit it; I’m addicted, hooked, obsessed! I adore sea glass. I love what I do, primarily making jewelry and goods for the home from sea glass, but sometimes it’s really hard to let it go! The good thing (or really bad thing) it that it’s always being made. Though harder and harder to find, humans will continue to throw glass into the sea, or the river, even a lake… and for that, I am indubitably grateful. Working with a medium that was formed from the raw, brutal power of water, tides, sand, and rocks, is quite remarkable. No factory belching toxic smoke, no low wages or manufacturing waste here… just a candy colored collection of trash, mercifully transformed by nature into a thing of beauty. That is sea glass.
November 8, 2013
I’ve been wanting to make these for quite some time now. After purchasing a new compound miter saw, I finally got a few done. There are always little ways to make improvements, but I am very pleased with the first batch. Each handmade shadowbox showcases a different collection of sea glass… no two will ever be exactly alike.
Need one now? Let’s go shopping!
October 31, 2013
At last! I have had this chair for years. I found it, kicked to the curb in a neighborhood in LA. I moved it cross-country because it was begging to be refinished, revived, and loved once again. Granted, I’m no expert at properly restoring antique furniture, but I find that one of the reasons many things don’t get reused is because people get bogged down with the details. My philosophy when it comes to things like this is; just have fun and get it done!
I started by cleaning the wood with a damp rag and sanding it down.
I’m sure what type of wood this is made of, but it’s very dense and still in great shape. Some of the joints needed to be glued and screwed together.
I do love to have two drills working at once, that way you don’t have to mess with changing out bits.
The orignal seat was woven cane. It would have taken too much time to redo, so I just cut a small panel of veneered MDF for the seat. (The MDF was from a failed piece of Ikea furniture… go figure.) I love my table saw, but for smaller projects, a straight edge and a jig saw are all you need.
Covering a seat panel is just about one of the easiest, most rewarding things you can DIY.
I chose a light grey paint (because it was the best one in the Oops! section at the hardware store) and paired it with a neutral linen fabric. Classy and a little boring? Unfortunately, I believe the answer is, yes.
My toughest critics agree…
October 26, 2013
This is still one of my favorite photos, of one of my favorite collections of rings. For me, this borders on delicious.
I love making these. No matter how many rings have been formed at my workbench, they always look so very different. Real sea glass, like the pieces in the photo above, carrying roughly a century of time rolling, and lazing about the sand, under the salty sea.
See more salty-sweet beauties here.
October 23, 2013
I know, I’ve been m.i.a. for a while. I’ve been busy. Here is what I’ve been up to. I’ve had a little help… my lovely model has been working diligently with me to revive more rubbish. To quote the legendary Martha… It’s a good thing!
August 5, 2013
I’m packing up and heading West. It’s a short trip again, but I am very much looking forward to combing the beaches of Santa Barbara, Capinteria, Montecito, and where ever else the warm wind might blow me. If you are in the area, please come and check out one of the four clases that I’ll be teaching while in California. It’s always such a good time. The classes will be held at three locations, Porch in Carpinteria, Plum Goods in Santa Barbara, and Gallery 1880 in Ventura. See the dates and times here.
June 7, 2013
No, this is Love!
I am a collector. Not just of sea glass, but of many, many other things. Bones, paper, old tools, plants, glass bottles, wood, rocks, handmade oddities, and really anything that brings me joy. Were the luxury of unlimited time and resources at my fingertips, I think I might disappear for days at a time just arranging, organizing and cataloging my neurotic findings… first by color, then shape, then by size, and then by- who knows, maybe by the objects ability to carry light! Alas, I am bound to production, and e-mails, and regular feedings. All good things in their own right, but the true (maybe selfish) artist in me just wishes to study and play. This little arrangement of sea glass hearts will have to do for today. So I snapped a photo and scooped them into their jar, and placed it back on a shelf with about a dozen other little jars full of sea glass, just begging to be admired.
You can see more of my collections below and, if you like, purchase some through my store on Etsy.
May 16, 2013
It’s funny, as I was preparing for my trip to California, I found a smile spreading over my lips as I explained that I would be traveling there for business. That is the truth… but my work is my pleasure. I cannot thank the women (and man) that took my classes enough. As well as the owner(s) and staff at both Plum Goods and Porch. It is humbling, to be the guide through the some-what torturous process of learning to make a sea glass mobile in the presence of such wonderful people. The good folks who attend my classes always teach, and share, and give me a renewed sense of community and empowerment. Thank you, thank you. I look forward to coming back again, and to meeting new and equally extraordinary people.
It was, truly, an amazing trip. I saw a pod of at least three humpback whales, complete with a juvenile, joyously breaching the surface. I witnessed this, at my favorite beach while sitting, and chatting for the first time in months, with two very dear friends. It was an exquisite moment, such a rare thing to witness from shore. I will be back, Santa Barbara, hopefully very soon.
May 1, 2013
You can now find some select styles of The Rubbish Revival jewelry in:
727 Main St
Cambria, CA 93428
May 1, 2013
Spring is here. The little hints of bloom and green are now exploding… all I want to do is spend my time outside. Alas, I must work. I’m now offering some more affordable sea glass and sterling silver rings. There are two styles; one the uses sea glass from a bottle neck that gently hugs the finger. The other is a little sea glass mosaic in a sterling bezel. Both ring are only $35, plus shipping is free!
Click on the photos to go directly to the listing for these rings, or click to see The Rubbish Revival Etsy jewelry page.