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  1. Cool Place of the Day: Lindisfarne, Northumberland

    Every day, a new place to discover or explore from coolplaces.co.uk

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    Lindisfarne Castle National Trust Images

    Is there a more dramatic journey in the north of England than across the causeway to Holy Island? The tide cuts the island off for a few hours each day – time it wrong and you're in for an extended stay...

    Also known as Lindisfarne, the island was an early centre of Christianity, with a monastery first founded in the 7th century, which was later the source of the famous Lindisfarne Gospels – illuminated manuscripts that are possibly the high point of Celtic religious art. Read full article here

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  2. Searching through my sea glass collection I found some lovely little, smooth and frosty pieces of sea glass (very hard to find) and made charms with them. Drilled twice to get the correct size hole and fitted with a sterling silver jump ring - all links on the bracelet are soldered, so no more missing charms :) The pieces of sea glass are sea mist, white and seafoam in colour and go so well with the sterling silver. Beautiful alone or stunning when stacked!

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  3. Sea Glass and Faux Suede Jewellery

    I had a request from a customer for a sea glass bracelet, but as she had a metal allergy I couldn't use sterling silver for a clasp as I normally would. We got around this by making a wrap bracelet with faux suede. The piece of sea glass was drilled at either side then lovely soft faux suede was inserted through the holes, this was able to wrap around the wrist three times, tied in a knot and the ends tucked in - beautiful! My customer was absolutely delighted! This led me to making a necklace to match.  I've made lovely long necklaces 30 inches long and instead of using a sterling silver clasp, I've used wood beads in co-ordinating colours, to close the necklace and it makes it fully adjustable. One happy customer said that she can wear it at different lengths for different tops!

    The photos show some of the colours of faux suede I am using with co-ordinating beads, finished wrap bracelets (the ones in the photo have sterling silver fittings, but I can make them without for a reduced price) and a finished necklace. Hope you like them :)  I will be listing more on my website, but if you would like me to make one for you please let me know.

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  4. Wow! Just got these sixteen sea glass and silver bezel set pendants back from the Assay Office in Birmingham. They're all ready for their final polishing, which may take a while, then they'll be photographed and listed on my website.  If you would like an email when they are listed please fill in the form at the bottom of this page or on any other page of my website and I'll drop you a line :)

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  5. Just added a new project to my website in the shape of solid sterling silver cast seashells. The seashells have been cast from shells I found on my local beach and are a wonderful addition to your Spring Summer look!

    2x2 sterling silver cockle shell snake chain (2) 4x4 

    Cockle shell

    2x2 sterling silver mussel shell snake chain (9) 4x4

    Mussel shell

    2x2 sterling silver periwinkle shell curb chain (8) 4x4

    Top shell (similar to a periwinkle)

  6. I just love the beach and everything about it and I try to capture some of the moments of my favourite and local beach - Warkworth Beach in my photos. Most days when I go to the beach collecting sea glass or should I say searching for sea glass as sometimes there isn’t any, I take my camera (just in case).  I’ve posted some of the images on Facebook and many people have messaged me to say they love them so I thought to get them to a wider audience I would set up a shop on Zazzle.co.uk and I’ve named it TheStrandlineArt.  sea shells mug

  7. If you want to know - What is Sea Glass?  then this is the book for you.

    Last Christmas I received a fabulous book – The Ultimate Guide to Sea Glass by Mary Beth Beuke. 

    As the owner of one of the world's most elaborate sea glass collections, Mary Beth Beuke gets to talk about these prized ocean gems on a daily basis. Unfortunately, with each passing day, sea glass becomes more and more difficult to find, making the hunt more of a challenge to the seeker--especially one with limited experience in sea glass hunting. There are several reasons why the hunt is so important to the sea glass seeker. Some find their Zen moments in the solitude and beauty of the hunt. Some collect to add color to their life. The history, mystery, and discovery of sea glass are also strong forces that draw collectors to shorelines around the world, looking for these pieces of physically and chemically weathered frosted glass. Whatever your reason for wanting to learn about and start your own collection of sea glass, the window for doing so is closing as pieces are becoming more elusive due to a growth in sea glass popularity and a decrease in recent glass bottle production. In The Ultimate Guide to Sea Glass, Beuke provides information that will help first-time seekers start new collections and veteran hunters learn more about their current sets. Beuke shares her experiences in gathering her own collection via photographs of vibrant and rare pieces, as well.

    Click on the book cover to go to Amazon - you'll be pleased you did :)