I recently met a craftsperson in Washington, DC who made beautiful jewelry with sea glass and those dollar store glass pebbles. You know, these:She ran them through a little process that can be best described as a science experiment and they turned out looking like they had shattered, but only on the inside. I asked the technique and was told only that she froze the glass pebbles then put them in a hot skillet. Last night I rolled up my sleeves and donned my ridiculous looking protective gear which consisted of a makeshift shield out of a pot top, an oven mitt and an apron... then I gave it a try. This was the result:
Pretty neat if I do say so myself! I won't even begin to give you a tutorial because I'm not exactly sure if what I did was safe, but it's basically the same that the craftsperson told me in DC. First I froze the glass, then I put them in a hot skillet (shielding myself of course because some did break everywhere). After they got good and hot I pulled them out of the skillet (with my oven mitt and tongs and while still shielding myself with the makeshift shield... I'm sure you're getting an hilariously accurate mental image right now!) Then I put them on to a plate and covered them with an ice cube. It was the ice cube that made them crack and it was so cool to watch. Any science people out there that want to explain that one to me? I'm all ears!
I made some thumb tacks for my new inspiration board using my shattered glass pebbles and some vintage buttons. (And if you're wondering, no, I'm not planning on making any omelets with that skillet again!)