Learn to Create Faux Sea Glass

Learn to Create Faux Sea Glass - terrijohnsoncreates.com

So excited today to share a Guest Blog Post from Jamie Omahen of Craft Chameleon!  I met Jamie when she participated as a vendor in our All Things Silhouette Conference.  Her booth of amazing blanks & accessories was definitely the hit of the Vendor hall!  So excited to have her participating as a sponsor in California – and a full vendor/sponsor and teacher in Peachtree City in November!  Jamie will be teaching two classes for us there at that Conference —  Sign up and be sure to take one of her classes!

Faux Sea Glass

Hello all, Jamie from Craft Chameleon here!   Terri has graciously opened up space on her blog to share this fun technique.Summer is in full swing now and if you are not lucky enough to walk the beach to collect sea glass, this tutorial is for you.

What you will need for this project:

  • Silhouette machine (Cameo, Curio or Portrait)
  • Permanent Adhesive Vinyl
  • Paper Plate
  • 2 Grades of Sandpaper
  • Nail File
  • Double sided tape
  • Translucent Acrylic

Supplies for Faux Sea Glass

First, you will want to secure the coarsest sand paper down on the paper plate using your double-sided tape. The plate does three things. It keeps your sandpaper located; keeps your dust/sandpaper granules collected and keeps your sandpaper flat/level as to not create gouges.

Faux Sea Glass - step 1

Next, take the translucent acrylic and sand in a circular motion on the sand paper. Place your fingers on different areas of the acrylic to assure even sanding.

Faux Sea Glass Step 3

Do this for both sides. When the acrylic is evenly sanded, with the coarsest sandpaper, empty your plate, and replace with the least coarse. Repeat the sanding process.

When completed the acrylic will have a frosted appearance. However, the edges will still have a gloss finish.

Faux Sea Glass #4

Quickly and easily, take the gloss off the edge with a nail file for your finishing step.

Faux Sea Glass Step #5

Wash with clear water and dry. Add your vinyl design and complete your project!

Faux Sea Glass complete

Thanks to Jamie for sharing this awesome project – -just in time for your beach vacations!  And head on over to her newly updated website to be released July 1 — she has amazing blanks for creating with your Silhouette!  And be sure to check out her classes at the All Things Silhouette Conference!    (Class descriptions will be posted as the Conference gets a little closer!)

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Comments

  1. Wouldn’t it be easier to just use frosting spray or etching?

    • Diane — I feel like frosting spray may not be permanent — but you could always try

    • You might be able to find a solvent of some sort that would attack the plastic and that would be permanent. Etching cream doesn’t work on acrylic, that would make fantastic coasters! I agree with Terri on the frosting spray not being permanent. Plus you will still need to address the edges.

      It took me less than 15 to sand and assemble the bracelet shown. I had however gathered all my supplies before I started..

  2. Diane Reese says:

    What is the thickness of the acrylic?