April 4, 2014
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Silver and Brass Petite Rings

These rings are super cute and fun to wear…. and very affordable! Shop for one here.Silver & Brass Rings

Pick your favorite… Heart. Moon. Star.

Silver & Brass Rings

Don’t worry, she’s not making these just yet… only playing with them.

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Available for wholesale as well.

Silver & Brass Rings

I shouldn’t do it anymore, but I kinda love burning my wooden bench with the super heated shapes.

March 25, 2014
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Colossal Starfish Mobile

Roughly 450 pieces of sea glass, 6 starfish and a lot of hours of finely tied fishing line makes one of these…

Sea Glass & Starfish Mobile

It looks and sounds ethereal and delicate, but is really quite well built. (Just don’t drop it!)

Sea Glass & Starfish Mobile

Available for purchase on Etsy.

Sea Glass & Starfish Mobile

And these are the two critters I do it all for. Much love to my girls…

Sea Glass & Starfish Mobile

March 24, 2014
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A Rainbow of Possibilities

I love when I get a special request; be it jewelry, a mobile design, a different color scheme for a shadow box… anything! It’s the two heads are better than one notion come to life. Recently, a customer from Etsy asked for a ring made from the glass I use in my magnet sets. This is the ring that was made and the subsequent rainbow of options that are now available. Thank you curious customer!

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March 5, 2014
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Sea Glass Collection Obsession

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) is 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.

Sea Glass ColllectionThis display case was a freebie on CL… lucky me!

Sea Glass NuggetsGiant frosty baubles from England

Collection of Sea GlassThis is the stuff that turns me into Gollum!

November 8, 2013
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Handmade Shadowboxes… Yes, Please!

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.

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October 31, 2013
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Por Fin!

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.

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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.

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I do love to have two drills working at once, that way you don’t have to mess with changing out bits.

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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.

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Covering a seat panel is just about one of the easiest, most rewarding things you can DIY.

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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.

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My toughest critics agree…

October 26, 2013
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{ Sea Glass Rings }

This is still one of my favorite photos, of one of my favorite collections of rings. For me, this borders on delicious.

Sea Glass and Sterling Silver Rings

Sea Glass & Sterling Silver Rings by The Rubbish Revival

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
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New Awesomeness, Check It Out!

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!

Silver & brass heart earrings Silver & brass moon earrings Silver & brass ring and earrings Monogrammed heart ring Sea Glass & Silver Hoops

Sea Glass and silver hoops

August 5, 2013
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Classes Galore!

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.

Sea Glass Mobile Class

Sea Glass Mobile Class

 

 

June 7, 2013
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More than a crush…

No, this is Love!

Sea Glass Hearts

Sea Glass Hearts

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.

Collection of Greens

Collection of Greens

Collection in White

Collection in White

Ombre Collection

Ombre Collection

Amber to Beer Bottle Brown

Amber to Beer Bottle Brown