|One of our favourite Jersey beaches|
During our summer holiday to Jersey in 2012 we collected a bag of sea glass and it has taken me about a year to finally have something made with it. We decided that we would produce a mosaic type picture of a Jersey beach. I had a bright idea of mounting the sea glass onto the glass front of a picture frame so that we could somehow shine a light behind it to illuminate the colours. The picture frame is a driftwood effect box frame and measures 22” x 18”, each piece of sea glass was individually glued onto the glass (tip: the best and cheapest glass glue I found is Wilkinson’s own glass glue, believe me I used a lot of it!).The picture represents a Jersey beach, flanked by the green cliff tops and tumbling rocks.
|Sea glass picture of a Jersey Beach|
For the lighting I purchased a LED strip lighting kit. This kit consisted of a flexible 5m strip of LEDs that was easily cut to size and it was sticky backed so attaching to the inside of the box frame was easy!
|LED Strip Lighting Kit|
The only problem I had was that the individual LEDs were visible, especially when viewing the picture from side on. To reduce this problem I mounted a card border behind the glass.
|Illuminated sea glass picture|
The LED kit also comes with a remote control with lots of colour options and effects such as colour fading, brightness control and even a strobe function (which our little boy had lots of fun playing with).
|Picture lit up with LED strip lighting|
I hope you like it! I am now planning what to do with all of the sea glass I collected from a jersey beach during this summer’s holiday.