How to Make Shapes With Glass Nuggets

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How to Make Shapes With Glass Nuggets
You can make decorative shapes with glass nuggets. (glass pebbles image by Dale Mitchell from Fotolia.com)

You can make many decorative shapes with glass nuggets. You can glue glass nuggets together directly using aquarium glue or other suitable glass adhesive, or use a craft foam core as a base for your shape and stick the nuggets on with jewellery cement such as E6000 glue. You can wire wrap glass nuggets and join them together like jewellery, or foil the nuggets and solder them together like stained glass pieces.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Copper foil
  • Solder
  • Flux
  • Rubber gloves or barrier cream
  • Plastic sheet
  • Clear silicone aquarium glue
  • Hobby knife
  • Modelling clay
  • Craft foam shapes
  • Acrylic paint
  • E6000 or other jewellery cement
  • 24 and 16 gauge wire
  • Pliers

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Roughen the edges of your glass nuggets with a diamond file. Clean with alcohol.

  2. 2

    Wrap a thin strip of copper foil around each nugget.

  3. 3

    Apply flux to the copper foil of the pieces you want to join and solder together. Repeat until you have the shape you want.

  1. 1

    Clean your glass nuggets with alcohol. Ensure your workspace is well ventilated, cover surfaces and use barrier cream or gloves. Apply aquarium glue in small amounts, taking care not to spill or drip the glue.

  2. 2

    Position the glass nuggets to fit your desired shape. Use modelling clay as a base if the shape is large. You can allow the aquarium glue to dry a little before assembly.

  3. 3

    Allow to cure for 48 hours. Scrape away any dribbles of glue with a hobby knife when dry.

  1. 1

    Paint the craft foam shape with acrylic paint, if desired, leaving gaps for the glass nuggets.

  2. 2

    Lay the foam shape on one side. Apply a dab of jewellery cement such as E6000 to a glass nugget and stick into position. Repeat until one side of shape is covered. Allow to dry fully, for 24 hours.

  3. 3

    Turn over the foam shape and glue the rest of the glass nuggets into place. Allow to dry for 24 hours.

  1. 1

    Cut a length of 16 gauge wire 1 to 1 1/2 inches longer than your glass nugget. Make a loop in either end. Cut a foot of 24 gauge wire. Wrap a few turns of this around the 16 gauge wire just under one of the loops.

  2. 2

    Hold the thick wire post against the back of the nugget. Wrap the thinner wire all around the glass nugget so that it is held securely in place. Wind a few turns of the 24 gauge wire around the post just under the other loop. Repeat for all of your glass pieces.

  3. 3

    Connect the wire-wrapped glass nuggets together using loops on the posts. Make rings or extra loops of 16 gauge wire if necessary.

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