I see London, I see France, I see someone’s… okay forget it. We all know that rhyme doesn’t end well, so let’s just rewind back to “London.” London is home to so many favorites of mine, from Broadway shows (Bend It Like Beckham) to Lip Balm (Pout UK) to Bloggers (CandyPopUK and The Londoner). It’s a place that is always on my mind and in my memory. That’s why when I discovered these mosaic glass tiles, I broke out in to a little Paddington smile and knew exactly what to do with them. Trust me, you’re gonna love making these DIY Glass Shard rings inspired by The Shard in London. They are exactly the way DIY was meant to be… beautiful, inexpensive, quick, unique and simple enough to make it worth not just going out and buying the darn things.
Before we get to the steps, let’s set the scene. Usually, I am more of a “brick and mortar” history fan than I am one to fall in love with a “modern” slice of life. It could be that Mod Palm Springs Day 1, Day 2 and Day 3 have lifted me out of that limited state of mind, or maybe The Shard in London, recognized for being a Vertical City, was just such an extraordinary piece of architecture that I cannot forget it.
Photo courtesy of Pixabay
In any case, I’m down with broadening my horizons right now and “up with the Mod.” Unlike anything I have ever seen before, the glorious glass structure of The Shard is artfully exposed to the sky above, and instead of looking misplaced next to the centuries-old Tower of London, it seems to complement the City like a gorgeous glass wine stopper atop a perfectly aged bottle of Vincent red.
Photo courtesy of Pixabay
You can actually buy tickets to just check out the View From The Shard, but we opted to get our view with a bite to eat and a drink from one of The Shard’s Restaurants. Specifically, we went to Oblix and can recommend without hesitation the raspberry sorbet and of course the view. We went at sunset, but it’s a beautiful view any time of day.
Photos courtesy of Pixabay
Time to make gorgeous Glass Shard Rings for under $1.00!
DIY Glass Shard Rings
What you will need:
- 6mm Adjustable Ring Blank Bases (I found mine at Ben Franklin Crafts and more online at this Etsy shop. They are probably available at other craft stores too. They are really inexpensive (5 for $2.50 on Etsy).
Here is a picture of what the blank ring base looks like:
- Gorilla Glue (If you made the DIY Spring Cuffs you’re in luck because you already have Gorilla Glue)
- Mosaic Glass Tiles (Michaels has the best variety from the ArtMinds brand in-store and they have some alternative mosaic glass tiles available online. You can also just google “mosaic glass tiles” and find quite a variety.)
Put one of the rings on, and try placing your large or small glass tile in different directions to find the placement you like. You can take a symmetrical approach or go “mod” and asymetrical. I like both!
Take your ring off and cover the 6mm ring base with a little Gorilla Glue.
Attach your mosaic glass tile and hold in place for 30 seconds.
Wear your Glass Shard Ring immediately and pat yourself on the back for you amazing jewelry skills.
Make plenty for friends to enjoy too!
One of the things I love about this project is how pretty these rings look from the top, but also the sides. The glass is smooth and clear and they really sparkle in the sun!
I’m getting ready to enjoy a rainy day in Oregon with a bright new Glass Shard Ring and dreaming of London. My friend Elisa once commented “Are you girls ever NOT on vacation?” Yes, but when we aren’t on vacation we are remembering the great trips we’ve taken and planning the next one. Hope you are taking lots of trips that inspire you too!
Here is a peek at some of the fun us travel girls had in London when we visited The Shard:
Tea on the Thames from City Cruises
London Hat Style
For more British fun, including the Royal Family, visit Smitten With Britain.
Time for tea. Have a great week!