Sea Glass - Treasure from the ocean sands

The world's oceans hold many treasures but none can compare to the beauty of sea glass. Once lost, coloured bottles, glassware, and seafaring items are tossed by waves and tides, returned once again to shore as finished pieces of natures artwork.

The ocean sands all around the world hold wonderful treasures for those who care to look. Shells of every color and size, old shed bodies of crabs, sand dollars, drift wood, whale baleen, and pieces of sea glass can all be found in one single afternoon of beach combing.

Sea glass can be found in the sand of just about any beach in any country whose edge touches a sea or ocean. As if the joy of spending countless hours roaming the beach, soaking up the warmth of the sunshine, listening to the crashing of the waves, and breathing in the smell of the cool salt air wasn’t enough; finding a piece of this highly sought after treasure will change your life forever.

Beach combing has become my favorite way to get away from the noise and chaos of everyday life; it’s my chance to connect with nature, with spirit, and my own piece of mind.

Where does sea glass come from exactly?

Sea glass is not something that occurs naturally in nature. To put it bluntly, it is trash thrown in to our oceans by accident, by carelessness, and sometimes by uncaring human beings. Glass from a variety of sources (bottles, drink ware, fishing equipment, etc.), used for any number of reasons, end up in our oceans where they are tossed around (sometimes for years) eventually making their way to shore.

The actions of the continuous battering of waves, currents ,tides, and time eventually break up these glass pieces in to smaller (usually) ones, leaving them with a frosted appearance (you can get a similar look by placing glass or gem stones in a “rock tumbler” which uses different grades of sand paper in the tumbling process).

The colours of the glass pieces you find depend upon the colour of bottle from which they came. The most common are white (which originate from clear glass), brown, green, and blue.

Who's treasure is it anyway?

I'm not quite sure why I have such a fascination for sea glass, it is merely junk after-all. But as the saying goes, "one mans junk is another mans treasure". As a writer I wonder what stories each piece might tell about the journey it has taken before reaching my hand.

For other folk like artists, crafters, and jewelers each piece becomes part of something new and exciting. I have been to many flea markets and craft shows and seen some wonderful things created using these frosted finds. It seems the most popular is the creation of earrings and neckpieces but others have created very nice whimsical pictures, paper weights, and even wind chimes.

And what about you? What will you create with these treasures from the ocean?