What Is Sea Glass?
Sea glass is man-made glass that was worn smooth in the sea. It can be found in every color of the spectrum and washes up on beaches throughout the world. Most sea glass comes from broken pieces of glass but sea glass can also be found as whole items such as marbles, bottles, and even glass buttons.
Journey To The Sea
Our lost forgotten glass gets to the sea in various ways. Some comes from shipwrecks or coastal garbage dumps and some was carried by rivers and streams that empty out into the sea. Some was claimed by the sea during storm surges and tsunamis.
Transformed By The Elements
Discarded glass starts to change as soon as it is introduced into the environment. Old bottles and pieces of glass that have been buried in the earth for years sometimes show signs of wear and abrasion from having been exposed to the elements. The sharp edges of a broken piece of glass may be worn down a bit as it washes across the terrain during rainstorms. In areas with heavy erosion lost broken glass will start to loose it’s sharp edges. As glass is carried by rivers it tumbles over rocks and is smoothed by sand and soil. You may have noticed a piece of broken glass on a street or on a sidewalk that looks somewhat abraded. Even in the desert glass can be sandblasted smooth by the wind and sandstorms. So some of the glass that ends up in the ocean and ultimately becomes sea glass has already started to change before it even gets to the sea.
Once In The Sea
The sea is in constant motion. In the ocean glass is relentlessly sandblasted by the surf and tumbled as it washes over rocks and coral reefs. After decades in the sea it is transformed into frosted gem like treasures.
What is Beach Glass?
On the Great Lakes we call it Beach Glass. On the Oceans it’s called Sea Glass. No matter where you collect…it is a piece of history. Glass from another time that has been deposited into a body of water in a much different form. Bottles, glassware, flatware, stoneware. All of this glass gets broken down in the surf into smaller smooth pieces. This can take an average of 10 to 15 years of being in the water. After decades of being tumbled & polished by the natural forces of the waves the glass will develop a frosty patina look. These pieces have seen a minimum of 20 to 30 years action in the waves, sand & air. Some dismiss it as just old beer bottles…maybe, but we like to think of them as little treasures from another time. …..we hope to see you on the beach.