Sea Glass. What is Sea Glass? Where can I find Sea Glass?

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Sea Glass. What is Sea Glass? Where can I find Sea Glass?

Sea glass comes mainly from broken glass, Literally thrown into the sea either commercially from old glass factories or dumps or ships or from litter just left on the beach. Over a period of many years the sea tumbles the glass over and over again with its waves and the sand and pebbles and grit contribute towards the abrasion of the once shiny surface until it becomes  smooth and frosty. This is not an over night reaction by any means. The process can very often takes over 50 years of constant wave action to create the lovely smooth sea glass that we find on some of our beaches today.  Typical common sea glass colors found are white, brown and green. Blue and red sea glass are quite rare and other colors such as black purple, pink, lavender and orange are rarer still. This is because of the amount of glass discarded was mainly white, brown and green bottles. Other colors were not manufactured in mass amounts so obviously there was less waste. A typical days sea glass finds from a good beach would probably look something like this.

Sea glass

Sea glass

One of the best beaches in the UK to find some really rare sea glass including multi colored pieces is Seaham in the North East of England.  This is because Seaham was once home to a Victorian glass factory that closed sometime in the 1920s and at the end of each day they would literally throw their unwanted glass over the cliffs  into the sea. Below is a picture of very beautiful sea glass pieces collected in this area.

Seaham Sea Glass

Seaham Sea Glass

One of the most famous beaches is probably Fort Bragg beach in California where  the beach is covered in thousands upon thousands of pieces of sea glass. This was because the beach was once a dump. Again over the time the sea worked its miracle and transformed our careless waste into something quite beautiful. I am not sure how much sea glass is left there now due to many people taking it. I think it may depend on the day you visit and what type of weather conditions and tide conditions are present at the time. Some have visited lately to say they never saw very much while others have visited and found lot of sea glass.

Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg

Where can I find sea glass I here you ask?  Well the answer there lies in the type of beach you search on. You won’t find very much looking on a perfect white sandy tropical beach. Some of the factors you should take into consideration when looking for a good beach to look for sea glass is its location. If it is close to an industrial estuary or busy shipping lane with choppy waves or even better close to an old glass factory

When you decide on what beach you would like to search for sea glass you should consider  the type of beach you are looking on and where about’s on the beach to start your search. A shingle type beach with small pebbles is probably your best option here. Also start your search at the tide line where the sea has left its mark on the beach. Looking in the wet sand where the tide starts to go out is a good start but wet sand does make looking for white sea glass quite difficult as it tends to turn it transparent but this is a good place to look for colored sea glass. You will often find the white sea glass pieces and many of them if you are lucky on your walk back when the sand starts to dry out making the white glass more visible.

Searching for sea glass is a great hobby and pastime but be warned it can give you real neck ache. Fellow sea glass hunters out there will probably agree with me on this one. Also take your watch with you. It’s amazing just how quickly the time flies when you are engrossed in sea glass hunting.

Take a look at our video at the top of the page, by watching our video you will be able to see what sea glass looks like in it’s natural state on the beach. You will be surprised at how well camouflaged it is amongst the pebbles and shingle.

If you still have no luck or just haven’t the time or live to far from the beach but would still like your own few pieces then. I have some “Lucky Dip Sea Glass Bags” just for you. They come in their own little gift bag and contains a random selection of 7 mixed pieces of sea glass and a little poem that explains how sea glass is made.

 

Lucky Dip Sea Glass Bag

Lucky Dip Sea Glass Bag



We also stock a small selection of sea glass supplies for sale for your DIY projects

Mixed sea glass top drilled pendants

Sea glass pendants

White sea glass top drilled pendants

Green sea glass top drilled pendants

Amber/brown top drilled sea glass pendants

 

“Travelled by sea over waves and sand, over years of time it changes its form.

From shipwrecks and ruins and discarded flotsam from bygone times a treasure is born.

Who knows where it’s been or where it has come from, down in the deep is this little gems secrets,

but now it’s been found and been on its journey, it’s destination is now your own little trinkets”.

By Sea Glass Secrets

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