We've started 2021 off in the right way, with a bit of fun and playing around with ideas for Whitstable Sea Glass Earrings after a lovely customer requested some. Obviously we couldn't leave Digby out of the fun!
It started with the traditional idea of claw setting, but with naturally irregular shaped sea glass it can be a challenge in all directions; deciding where to make the claws sit and balancing the sea glass in the setting for it to look flat on the surface.
Despite encountering difficulties, it was lovely to get to watch and practice the steps and methods of claw setting. It led to our discovery that my hands are quite a bit smaller than dads, which has made setting with the his tools difficult, not just my lack of experience! However, there's no excuse now as I have my very own tiny setting pusher for my stumpy thumbs...
In the moments of waiting for the claw settings to be finished in the acid or in the ultra sonic, I sat at my bench drilling small sea glass pieces I had previously paired and later experimented with the simple ideas of making a peg and bead to create our first pair of small simple studs and a pair of drop earrings.
I loved making these and really hope to get to work and make a few more variants for our general jewelry stock. Think I might try a few more setting styles for other sea glass jewelry pieces this coming week.