Craft class using sea glass, sand, and shells from Long Island beaches

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You don’t have to have coastal decor to appreciate sea glass artwork in your home, says Danielle DeMelfi, owner of Simple Little Detail, a Brookhaven-based craft store that runs workshops. of sea glass every two weeks.

For Sabrina Kral, these classes, which take place at That Meatball Place in Patchogue, are a godsend. Kral, 39, a stay-at-home mom who lives at Port Jefferson Station, has taken several sea glass classes with DeMelfi and even hosted parties at her house, “because it made me do something to me once a month.”

“It gave me the opportunity to relax with my girlfriends and it gave us a night out,” says Kral, who displays her sea glass creations around her home or gives them as gifts.

Long Island Sea Glass Course with a Side of Meatballs

Having sea glass workshops at the restaurant took them from craft classes to parties. “They can get appetizers or dinner and drinks, and it’s kind of like a girls’ night out,” DeMelfi says of the groups, which can be anywhere from 50 to 100 people.

After setting up a bar of beach glass, seashells, dried flowers, and other decorations, DeMelfi explains how to mix resin, add color and sparkle, and lay the resin in a frame. She provides images that her students can try to replicate, or they can create their own designs and make their own decorative embellishments.

“I have women who come with vacation sand or seashells from their wedding or their honeymoon or wherever they got engaged,” DeMelfi says.

Classes bring out everyone’s personal creativity.

“It’s not me printing a stencil and putting it on a panel and you paint it,” DeMelfi explains. “And it’s not a big blanket, where I give you instructions and you just make a blanket. It’s actually the thought process of what you want.

Although the classes in the restaurant setting were a success, DeMelfi plans to add a second, larger Simple Little Detail store to Bellport Outlets in late September and will move its classes to the back of the new store.

Sharing the Love of Sea Glass

Robyn Romanoff, owner of RoRo’s Sea Glass Jewelry, is hosting two sea glass jewelry classes at Pindar Vineyard this summer and a slew of others at local libraries, where she teaches how to coil sea glass to make jewelry. wearable pendants.

For each class, Romanoff provides all the supplies: assorted sea glass, wire, craft tools, two chains, and nautical charms, which she assembles into a kit they can keep.

“I want to encourage people to keep crafting after my class is over,” says Romanoff.

Classes are usually between 20 and 25 people and are open to all ages.

A sea glass festival

On August 7, the Whaling Museum will host Suffolk County’s first Sea-Glass Festival. “We’ll have a glass-themed scavenger hunt, craft activities, and a sea glass jewelry workshop,” says Gina Van Bell, assistant director of the Cold Spring Harbor Museum.

There will be presentations by sea glass expert Mary McCarthy, executive director of the Beachcombing Center in Tilghman’s Island, Maryland, who will also identify the glass people bring and George Wm. Fisher, a bottle expert in antique glass, which will make appraisals of glass bottles. Local artists who work in the glass industry will exhibit and sell their work.

Participants can participate in jewelry workshops with educators demonstrating techniques and helping to make necklaces or pendants from sea glass.

Sea glass is closely tied to the museum because of its many glass artifacts, such as glass oil lamps and ink pots, which were found in homes from the mid-1800s, Van Bell says, adding that whale oil was used to light the lamps. and the lights of the lighthouse.

At the festival, says Van Bell, there will be something for people of all ages.

SEA GLASS ART CLASS ON LONG ISLAND

Simple small detail sea glass workshop

WHEN | WHERE August 10 and 22, 7:15-9:30 p.m. at That Meatball Place, 54 W. Main St., Patchogue. Reservations required; 631-729-65092, simplelittledetail.com.

COST: $35, $50 or $60 for small, medium or large framed works. The price includes all materials; food and drinks are extra.

RoRo Sea Glass Jewelry Course

WHEN | WHERE Sea Glass Workshop at Pindar Vineyards: Aug. 5, 5-6:30 p.m., 37645 NY-25, Peconic 631-734-6200, pindar.net; 631-428-9743, rorosseaglass.com.

COST: $50 per person, materials included.

Suffolk County Sea Glass Festival

WHEN | WHERE Aug. 7, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Whaling Museum & Education Center, 301 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor; 631-367-3416, cshwhalingmuseum.org.

COST: Admission, $10 per person; 3 and under, free; Additional charge of $7 for the jewelry workshop; All materials will be provided.

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