I love to hunt on our Ventura beach for sea glass. Today I will be sharing a few tips and answering the common question, “what is sea glass?”.
One of my favorite things about hunting for sea glass is the sound of the tumbling rocks in the surf. It is the siren song that sea glass is near!
It’s true. I am totally obsessed with sea glass. And when we bought our house at Ventura Beach we had no idea there was a lot of it on our beach. In fact, I walked the beaches regularly for two years and never noticed it!
Every time we come to the beach I always manage to find time to hunt for glass.
Whenever we are at the beach in Ventura, glass hunting is one of my favorite thing to do! I love enjoying long walks on the beach while looking for glass!
In my defense, it’s not like this beautiful glass is just sitting in the sand waiting to be picked up. Instead, it rests in the rocks because it is so light it won’t stay on the beach unless it gets caught on something.
On a very rare occasion if a piece of glass is at the very top of the wave it might be left in the sand. But usually, the next wave takes it back to the sea.
What is Sea Glass?
For those of you wondering what sea glass is, Wikipedia defines it as “naturally produced and genuine sea glass originates as pieces of glass from broken bottles, broken tableware, or even shipwrecks, which are rolled and tumbled in the ocean for years until all of their edges are rounded off, and the slickness of the glass has been worn to a frosted appearance”.
The photo above is part of my collection in the window of our beach house.
You can buy manufactured “sea” glass at some craft stores, but this type is just glass tumbled in a large tumbler. It’s not the real thing. It’s still pretty though!
I like sea glass that is tumbled naturally in the ocean a lot better.
Where Does Sea Glass Come From?
The common colors are green, brown, and white and are still in wide use today. Rarer colors such as aqua, cobalt blue, red and yellow are pieces that in many cases the color has not been made or used for many years.
The green glass comes from beer bottles, wine bottles, and soda bottles. White or clear glass comes from a ton of sources such as bottles, glasses, and windows.
The brown glass comes from beer and whiskey bottles and other popular household products.
Aqua or seafoam green (which happens to be my favorite color) comes from coca-cola bottles, some liquor bottles, and window glass.
Cobalt blue comes from Milk of Magnesia bottles, many household bottles, and very old poison bottles.
The very rare red glass comes from Anchor Hocking glass, ship lights, car lights, and old bottles.
About four years ago I was walking on the beach and I noticed some women on the beach who were hunting for something in the rocks. When I asked them what they were collecting I about died! I could not believe there was beautiful colored glass on the beaches right in front of our house. I have been a collector ever since.
Below are two photos of the glass I collected on one walk on the beach. My walk usually lasts a few hours and I spend a lot more time collecting than I do walking.
This was my “best haul ever”.
My tips for collecting sea glass are to look for small rocks, about the size of a quarter. Try to go at low tide. If you can hunt after a storm or large waves you will find more sea glass. Wear shoes so you can spread the rocks with your feet. And most importantly, have fun.
Everybody also asks me what I do with the sea glass after I collect it. For now, I sort it by color and put it in these awesome vintage jars. I need to start looking for more jars because they are almost all full!
This is what I call my “reject jar” which makes no sense since the red and yellow are by far the rarest of the sea glass I own. But they don’t match the color scheme of our home so I keep them well hidden. Haha.
I also have used my sea glass in these ball jar solar-powered lanterns. I filled each one with about an inch of glass.
And then I hung them above a table I set on the beach.
I love how magical the sea glass looked and the fact some of it had been collected that day was in the jars!
Someday I would like to try to make some sea glass jewelry. I love this sterling silver bezel wrapped jewelry you can find on Etsy.
Photo by LitaSeaGlassJewekry.
Does anybody know how to make this bezel jewelry? Is it hard to do? Because I am dying to learn!
I also want to make a sea glass Christmas tree this year. Every time I see one on Pinterest I make a promise that I will make one!
Of course, I should probably buy one on Amazon instead! Isn’t the tree pictured below just wonderful? Last Christmas they were sold out everywhere! Click on the photo below to see this Christmas tree priced under $25.00.
Sea Glass Christmas Tree
Best Sea Glass Beaches
- Glass Beach, Fort Bragg, California
- Seaham Beach, Seaham, England
- Davenport Beach, Davenport, California
- Headlands Beach State Park, Mentor, Ohio
- Monhegan Island, Lincoln County, Maine
- Souris Beach, Prince Edward Island, Canada
- Hamburg Beach, Hamburg, New York
- Simmons Island, Kenosha, Wisconsin
- Queens Beach Park, Scarborough, Australia
- Parque Colon (Colon Park), Aguadilla, Puerto Rico
My Sea Glass Cake
Last summer I had so much fun and made a Sea Glass Decorated Angel Food Cake!
Isn’t this just so much fun? Of course, the “glass” is edible. It’s sugar!
Inspired by the Sea!
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