I enjoy travelling around Ireland and taking photographs of the landscape and old houses, I have a love of history, Irish heritage and enjoy making arts and crafts. I have combined these interests to create Irish themed crafts from pretty pendant necklaces with Irish landscape images, Irish cottages, castles, mountains and old buildings in rustic copper and bronze metal colours to shamrock burlap bunting and Irish wooden ring boards.
I have recently started to collect sea glass and sea pottery and make jewellery and art pieces from it. I like how an old bottle that was thrown into the sea thirty years ago has ended up as small pieces of tumbled glass on a beach on the west coast of Ireland years later.
What is sea glass?
Sea glass originates as pieces of glass from broken bottles, broken tableware, or even shipwrecks, which are rolled and tumbled in the ocean for years until all of their edges are rounded off, and the slickness of the glass has been worn to a frosted appearance. Sea glass takes 20 to 30 years, and sometimes as much as 50 years, to acquire its characteristic texture and shape.
Also, found along the shore are old pottery shards which have been tumbled by the ocean over many years, those with pattern designs can make for unusual and quirky pendant necklaces.