Glass pebbles, also known as glass nuggets or flat-backed marbles, are small smoothly-shaped pieces of glass. They may be shaped to look like natural pebbles or come as small round ovals with a curved top and flat back. They are available in different colours and may have an iridescent finish. Glass pebbles can be shiny or frosted to resemble sea glass. Glass pebbles have a wealth of uses in arts, crafts and jewellery making.
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Ornaments and Floral Arrangements
Glass pebbles can look lovely in bowls and vases, on their own or as a base for your floral decorations. Fill the bottom of a large, wide bowl with glass pebbles and water, and add floating candles to the surface. Use glass pebbles to both decorate and stabilise tall vases. Glass pebbles placed around the stems of tall flowers can help to hold them upright.
You can use glass pebbles in mosaics, sometimes called "bubble mosaics" because of the rounded surfaces of the pebbles. Decorate planters, picture and mirror frames, tiles, tabletops and wall fountains with glass pebbles. Cover the surface to be decorated with grout and press the glass pebbles into it. If you want your piece to be transparent, you can stick glass pebbles to clear glass using aquarium glue, a silicone-based adhesive.
It's easy to make jewellery using glass pebbles. Wrap glass pebbles with wire; you can use plain copper wire or the many varieties of permanently coloured art and craft wire. Use the wrapped pebbles as pendants, or link several of them together to make a bracelet or necklace. You can also glue glass pebbles onto ring or pendant blanks with an appropriate cement, such as E6000.
You can treat flat-backed glass pebbles just like small sections of stained glass. Wrap copper foil tightly around the edge of the pebble and rub it down well with a burnisher or a Popsicle stick. Connect the pebbles together with solder and lead came, or use them as elements in larger stained glass pieces.
With their shiny surfaces and clear colours, glass pebbles are very attractive to younger crafters. Make glass pebble bugs by gluing on wire or pipe-cleaner legs and antennae. Glue on plastic googly eyes. Stick glass pebbles to painted foam shapes to make ornaments. Draw designs on glass pebbles with permanent marker, then glue them to magnets to decorate your refrigerator.
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