When Lightening Hits Sand

We know of bonfire glass and campfire glass – anyone find fulgurite? I certainly will be looking the next time I am on the beach!

Excellent article by Elizabeth Hudson from OurState.com  Phil Greene's eagle-shaped fulgurite. Nags Head resident Phil Greene is collector of fulgurites, more commonly known as lightning rocks.  Greene regularly drives north to beaches near the Currituck Lighthouse and paces the coastline, head down, searching for this unique evidence of a lightning strike on the water’s edge. The “rocks” are technically a form of glass, and they come in all sorts of distinctive shapes that fascinate Greene. Photograph by Travis Dove

How Fulgurite Forms When Lightning Hits Sand

Most people don’t notice the gray lumps. They look like concrete leftovers, not particularly attractive, even for a rock. But Phil Greene sees something more as he walks the beach along Corolla. When he picks up fulgurite, he’s holding petrified energy. And that’s worth holding on to.

article originally printed on March 11, 2011, but worth the read!

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Explore Your Local Vintage and Antique Shops

Have you ever walked by a shop, looked in the window and it was so inviting that you just had to go in?

Every town needs a shop like Trois Soeures. Located  in a century old building on Lake Road, every nook and cranny is filled with vintage and antique items.    The large windows and wood and glass door welcome you while you enter and possibly go  back to sweet childhood memories.

During the holiday season the vintage ornaments  gave me pause…I recognized a few being the same as on our tree in the 1960’s.  Could I possibly be this old?  A religious statue was certainly  similar to one in our back hallway. Glass decanters, jewelry, clocks and pictures. Tin buckets, garden statues, topiary’s, baker’s racks, books from the 1930’s. Remember the old Bell Mason jars?  I even found some beautiful teal colored electric glass insulators!   Hitchcock tables and chairs!  I remember! It seemed everyone had a piece or two (or three) Hitchcock pieces, we certainly did!   Antique writing tables, old ship trunks and benches.  Vintage coins and buttons from the 1940’s  and even “real” toys!

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Owned and managed by a mother daughter team, Karen and Jill have an eye for fabulous merchandise! They return from their shopping sprees with items that are unique, simple or ornate. You might see a handmade toddler “tutu” for a baby shower, or find some fabulous beach glass jewelry for a birthday gift (from Beach Glass Shop, of course)!


I purchased this iron bakers rack, a little worn but otherwise  in perfect shape!  For $25 I not only got the deal of the century but it is  perfect on my deck!  I can only imagine it  filled with flowers, candles and maybe a mandevilla climbing up the sides….when the warm weather heads our way!

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Oh, for those that sat in Spanish class during their high school language classes?  Trois Soeures is French for three sisters, as Karen is the mother to three girls…how sweet is that?

If you ever drive near our sweet town of Rocky River, Ohio,  make sure you stop by Trois Soeures, located at 20145 Lake Road, if not for the fun of it or to just remember….

Beading Gem Journal Book Review

Our dear friend Pearl, CEO and Woman in Charge of the Beading Gem Journal has reviewed our book, Organic Wire and Metal Jewelry.  A wonderful review by a classy lady! Thank you, Pearl!

Organic Wire and Metal Jewelry

Organic Wire and Metal Jewelry

Some of the loveliest found objects for jewelry making has to be sea glass and pretty stones.  Throw in crystals, pearls and gemstones and these are the fixings for delicious jewelry designs.

Organic Wire and Metal Jewelry is the name of the book I just received for review.  It celebrates the beauty of natural materials combined with man made ones as well as an intrinsically relaxed progress in the design process.   

Clamshell Bracelet and Earrings

This new inspirational and instructional book is by Beth Martin and Eva Sherman. Both designers are also instructors and one assumes, also great friends.  I was disappointed there wasn’t anything in the introduction, other than their mutual love of sea glass etc, which explained  how their collaboration came about.

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The book covers several different  techniques such as balling wire, drilling, stamping, riveting, forging and texturing metal.  While there are clearly metal work methods involved, the tools used are not majorly expensive ones. They use a drill to help coil the wire faster!

They certainly make a good case for learning how to use a hand held torch. It is not only used for balling wire ends but to anneal wire so it is soft enough to be forged or textured.

One awesome technique I learned from the book was how to braze copper, an easy soldering technique just for this metal. A torch and a brazing rod are needed.  The Vines and Tendrils pendant uses this technique to great effect. As you can see from the instructions below, 3 U shaped wire lengths are brazed together at the back. The wire ends are then either scrolled in the front or used to create the bail. Neat!

The authors show how to drill sea glass and stone  and even how to set a grommet in the hole.  But I was pleased to see a number of projects which did not require any drilling.  One example is the Waterway pendant featuring a coiled wire surround for the stone or sea glass focal which is held by cross wires both front and back. Adding beads to the front cross wires is a delightful touch.

My favorite design from the book was the Mermaid Tears collar.  This design was absolutely true to the book’s theme as the various elements were indeed fashioned organically around the metal collar.  Every design created with this style is bound to be one of a kind!

Mermaid Tears

This book is not for absolute beginners but for jewelry makers further along the journey – the late beginners and intermediates – who are willing to try new techniques and are not hung up on symmetry and preciseness but love to go with the flow with organic materials.

Thank you again, Pearl!

Original Review  by THE BEADING GEM






Nautical Cottage Book Review and Giveaway!

Organic Wire and Metal Jewelry

Organic Wire and Metal Jewelry

My dear friends way way over in the western side of the United States (Washington…) have posted a book review on our  Organic Wire and Metal Jewelry

Marie Rhodes, CEO of Sally Lee By The Sea and Nautical Cottage have kindly reviewed this book and are offering a giveaway of a signed copy along with a beautiful copper bracelet!  The bracelet is one of the tutorials shown.

A fun giveaway and would love for you to simply follow the directions to enter this giveaway – what could be better than to win a signed copy of the book, along with a fabulous copper bangle??

See you on the beach!  Regards, Beth and Eva

 Sea Glass Jewelry!  Learn to Make Jewelry Give Away!

You’ll be amazed at what you can create!  Organic Wire and Metal Jewelry is over 100 pages of stunning jewelry made with sea glass, stones, and crystals.  Kalmbach Publishing asked if I would review my friends new book, and I certainly couldn’t refuse.

As someone who has never possessed the manual dexterity or patience for creating jewelry, I think that I could actually make something after reading this new book.  The book is bursting with exceptional up-close photography which walks you easily through each process.  The explanations of basic tools and techniques are written clearly and for those without any jewelry making experience, it all makes sense!  Once you learn the how to’s of working with different organic elements, the book teaches you numerous beginner and intermediate projects. Again, the photography is exceptional and the instructions easy to understand.  If you’ve had the desire to learn jewelry making, especially using sea glass or other natural elements,  I highly recommend this book to you!

Organic Wire and Metal Jewelry features an incredible breadth of styles, from delicate necklaces of sea glass, crystals, and pearls to bold cuffs and free form rings.  Eva Sherman & Beth Martin have provided jewelry makers with clear instructions and readers will see firsthand the design potential of using found objects.  The friendly collaboration between these two inspired artists is reflected in their harmonious pairing of natural elements with free form wire and metal techniques.  The book is second to none as far as showing step-by-step tutorials on 25 fabulous jewelry designs!  Kalmbach Publishing released the book for sale on March 24, 2014.

Co-author, Beth Lampe Martin, is also the owner of Beach Glass Shop on Etsy, where you’ll find hand crafted beach glass jewelry. “My beach glass is authentic, genuine and surf tumbled! I invite you in to explore the many hidden treasures from the shores of Lake Erie.”

We sincerely congratulate Beth and Eva on this beautiful book that will be used by millions around the globe to create amazing pieces of natural jewelry!

Beth has graciously offered a giveaway to our readers that you’re sure to want to enter and WIN!!!
The winner will receive a signed copy of the new book, Organic Wire and Metal Jewelry, valued at $21.99. You will also receive a handmade piece of beach glass jewelry made by Beth, valued at $40.00.  The Solitaire Bangle is a swirling copper wire atop a lovely beach gem makes a magnificent bangle—and this piece is elegant even without an accent bead. We made both pieces in copper to embrace and celebrate our favorite metal.
Solitaire Bangle

Solitaire Bangle

Posted on April 9, 2014 by  in Beach Cottage Decor