Ever since childhood I have been an occasional collector of sea glass when going for beach walks. Some beaches are better than others. I rarely find a piece on the NE coast of Scotland. But further north, along the Moray Coast and on the south-west coast I have more luck.
This is a reasonable beach for finding sea glass
Sea glass is broken glass that has been tumbled about by the water, waves and sand. It becomes smooth and frosted in its appearance. Sharp edges are rare to find. The glass is often hidden amongst the flotsam and jetsam on the shoreline.
These are the treasures from my last beach walk
Most sea glass is clear or colourless. But there are a surprising number of pale shades of green, blue and turquoise. My favourite find is the bright cobalt blue glass. This colour is rare and often only small shards can be found.
I like to see how it all looks in a glass of water
Children adore finding sea glass too. It’s easy to worry about them finding sharp, broken glass. But I think showing children the difference between the two and encouraging them to look for sea glass, helps children tune into what is lying around. It’s certainly more fun than being told to look for litter to pick up. Children will also notice how much junk there is. The same message about littering is received with the added bonus of an interesting discussion about whether beautiful litter such as sea glass is acceptable.
But for sea glass to really shine, adding a few interesting rocks and stones seem to improve appearances
There are artists who specialist in sea glass art and sculptures such as Debara Hafemann
. Sea glass jewellery is another specialism as can be seen through the work of Gina Cowen
. For children the uses of sea glass are infinite, extending into all areas of play. I’d be interested to know what your children have done with sea glass.
I put the sea glass into the ice decorations for my tree outside
Big thanks goes to Carol Blaha who’s enthusiasm for sea glass and making jewellery from all sorts of common objects, including wine bottle corks, inspired me to write this post. This is a hobby of hers and not her business
PS This post is linked to the Friday Nature Table at the Magic Onions blog.