Faux Sea Glass

by Sherry Cheever

Alter frosted glass to make it feel and look pitted as if it were rolling around in sand and salt as true sea glass.


  • Ranger Frosted Memory Glass

  • Light Colored Pigment Inks

  • Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE)

  • Ranger Perfect Medium

  • Ranger Perfect Pearls

  • Spray Water Bottle

  • Heat Gun

  • Paper Towel


  1. Step 1

    Apply light colored pigment inks randomly on Frosted Memory Glass, making sure to cover the entire surface

  2. Step 2

    Pour UTEE over the pigment inks

  3. and heat until the UTEE is melted.

  4. Step 3

    While the UTEE is still hot pour on a second layer of UTEE and melt. Repeat this process 2 to 3 times to build up a thick layer of UTEE.

  5. Step 4

    Apply Perfect Medium to the glass and brush on a heavy layer of Perfect Pearls.

  6. Sprinkle on a layer of UTEE

  7. Step 5

    Starting 12 inches away to keep UTEE from blowing, heat UTEE and Perfect Pearls until melted. Continue working with the heat gun, sprinkle on a pinch of UTEE and melt. This will open up the UTEE to form holes in the surface.

  8. Step 6

    While the UTEE is still hot, spray the surface with a hard stream of water, which will cause the surface to pit. Clean up the water and dry the glass with paper towel.

  9. Step 7

    You now have a piece of sea glass that you can use as an embellishment, make a sun catcher or a piece of wearable jewelry.

    A special thank you to Suze Weinberg and Julia Andrus who shared their Ranger Video which inspired this written tutorial.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Faux Sea Glass. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

Fantastic, Awesome, Beautiful, Sherry! You are SO clever. TFS your talents with us. This is definitely something I will try.
NancyS  |  Wed Mar 11, 2009 at 7:59 PM
Awesome Sherry!!
Candy aka cwilliams  |  Thu Mar 12, 2009 at 3:11 AM
Ooooh, very cool and the good news is I think I have all the suplies to try it out! Thanks Sherry!
kathyc  |  Thu Mar 12, 2009 at 7:04 AM
is there a way to do this using only su! materials?
carolyn  |  Thu Mar 12, 2009 at 7:37 AM
Carolyn, if you mean SU only, then no there is not. I don't believe SU sells the glass or has a product similar to Perfect Pearls. You could use SU Craft Ink, Versamark and if you use SU embossing powder it will take 2-3 layers to equal one UTEE layer.
Sherry Cheever  |  Thu Mar 12, 2009 at 7:57 AM
I received my answer to my question but still keep getting e-mails about this subject. How do I turn them off?
Nancy Mashburn  |  Thu Mar 12, 2009 at 8:07 AM
At the bottom of the email you are getting, there should be a link to click to quit receiving notification.
Sherry Cheever  |  Thu Mar 12, 2009 at 8:10 AM
OR you can click the button on the bottom of the comment box that says notify me of follow-up comments . . remove the check mark.
Sherry Cheever  |  Thu Mar 12, 2009 at 8:12 AM
This is a beautiful piece, Sherry. Your tutorial is wonderful
kittie  |  Thu Mar 12, 2009 at 8:32 AM
Sherry, I love this technique and can't wait to try it. I also want to say hello to a fellow "Hoosier".
Lisa  |  Thu Mar 12, 2009 at 11:15 AM
Oh! My! Goodness! This is the most beautiful thing! Thank you, Sherry.
GarnetJ  |  Thu Mar 12, 2009 at 4:05 PM
Sherry, how fabulous is this. I dont have all the required materials, but I will have shortly. Thanks for a really great tutorial.
Anne Ryan  |  Thu Mar 12, 2009 at 4:47 PM
Hi, I'm from Alberta, Canada and I found the the materials for this project at our Michael's store. Hope this helps some of you. I'm wanting to try this project.
Carol  |  Thu Mar 12, 2009 at 7:39 PM
Spectacular tutorial. Love the effect of this technique.
Glenda Giguere  |  Fri Mar 13, 2009 at 7:22 AM
ohmigosh! I just gotta try this!! Thanks so much for the wonderful tutorial!
Michelle aka GottaTryIt  |  Fri Mar 13, 2009 at 7:11 PM
Excellent tut. Very clear and detailed. Your projects are so exciting, I will have to be on the lookout for some of these supplies to try and give this a try!!
Bob Marvin - Free Tutorial Forums  |  Mon Mar 16, 2009 at 2:45 PM
Do you know if these prodcucts are available in Canada? I would love to try this!
Mary Anne Bursey  |  Tue Mar 17, 2009 at 9:04 AM
Here's another post from someone in Canada:

Hi, I'm from Alberta, Canada and I found the the materials for this project at our Michael's store. Hope this helps some of you. I'm wanting to try this project.
Sherry Cheever  |  Tue Mar 17, 2009 at 9:48 AM
This is really great! I tried this today and am wondering how to do this without getting the UTEE all over the place? This is quite the messy project! But the results are beautiful!
Kim Pintar  |  Fri Apr 24, 2009 at 2:38 PM
The best way to keep the UTEE from flying around, is to melt it gradually. Start with the heat gun 12 to 18" inches away when you start melting the UTEE and gradually get closer as the UTEE melts. You have to patient. I for one am not, and inevitably blow UTEE all over my desk.
Sherry Cheever  |  Fri Apr 24, 2009 at 2:55 PM

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