- Be prepared with "professional" tools - a stick for turning things over, a net for picking things up or rinsing the sand away, and some sort of container (e.g. a shopping bag!)
- Keep looking down - although not to the point where you walk into something/someone, or end up drifting away from your family!
- Concentrate on the tide line - stony parts of the beach are best for sea glass
- It may take a little while so be sure to allow for 30mins – 1 hour before you expect to find anything. If you are with a toddler, I think it is perfectly acceptable to lie about some of the things they find. Mally thinks he found a shark's tooth (he didn't) and a hermit crab's old house (maybe?!)
- Make sure your toddler understands the difference between sea glass, and last night's broken bottles!!
- If you find any rubbish, pick it up and throw it away.
And for some really good, practical tips on collecting sea glass, this site is excellent
Anyway, when I got them home I decided it was time to do some crafting... I had read somewhere that oil is a good way to get rid of the frosty effect. I used baby oil (so my hands could get a good moisturising at the same time!) and here is the AMAZING result:
I don't think I will do it on all of the pieces but it's good to know there's the option. Now to make something cool... And this is where I got stuck! I saw this post and decided to recreate it. Not very successfully but it's a start!