One of my favorite things to do at the beach is hunt for sea glass. Today I will be sharing a few tips about hunting for sea glass.
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 sea glass on the 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 sea glass.
I have been up at the beach in Ventura for a week now and sea glass hunting has been my favorite thing to do! (I am by myself so long walks on the beach while looking for glass are the best.)
In my defense, it’s not like sea glass is just sitting in the sand waiting to be picked up. 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.
For those of you wondering what sea glass is, Wikipedia defines it as “naturally produced sea glass (“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”. 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.
So where does sea glass come from? The common colors of sea glass are green, brown and white and are still in wide use today. Rarer colors of sea glass, 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.
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. 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. Very rare red glass comes from Anchor Hocking glass, ship lights, car lights, and old bottles.
About three 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 these were sea 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 walks lasted a few hours and I spent a lot more time collecting than I did 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 by Sonnenglass. I filled each one with about an inch of sea 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 the sea glass I had 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!
In the meantime, you can find me hunting for sea glass on Pierpont Beach in Ventura every day this week. And please know, I will be loving every minute of it.
Sport is loving it too.
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