- 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!
I have found only like 3 or 4 pieces of sea glass and I look for it everytime I go to the beach. Its fun to find. I love the name of your blog and also Im a new follower. Come visit me sometime! www.lifeawayfromtheofficechair.blogspot.comReplyDelete
Thanks Lisa, I think it depends on the beach - this one is across the sea from a major Port and Uni town which I'm told helps! I love your art xxDelete
OH, I have always wanted to go collect sea glass ~ going to have to go collecting this summer.ReplyDelete
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Thanks Guys! You should definitely get out there and do it!! xxDelete
Beautiful. I live in the prairies and the thing I miss the most is the ocean. What about doing a wire-wrapped pendant?ReplyDelete
Great idea Al! I found this videa on Youtube and am going to try it xx:Delete
Nice finds! I loved hunting for sea glass when I lived on the East coast :)ReplyDelete
Thanks Emily! It can be quite addictive can't it?! xxDelete
Such cool ideas, I never knew that about baby oil. I have used the glass on the ends of bobby pins for hair....they look so cute!ReplyDelete
Great idea! Going to try that one, thanks!! xxDelete
Thanks Odessa! xxReplyDelete
Gorgeous! I just got back from the beach here in the US and only found two pieces of seaglass. You got some treasures for sure!ReplyDelete
Thanks Carrie! I can't wait to have a bit more time to go back to the beach! xxDelete
I love the colors of sea glass. Thanks for the inspiration. Blessings, Patti@OldThingsNewReplyDelete
Thanks Patti, so calming and beautiful aren't they? xxDelete
Oops! Accidentally deleted this comment from Linda @ crafts a la mode:ReplyDelete
We live near the Long Island Sound and have found a great sea glass beach (which is lots of beer and wine bottles - my sister says). Anyway, yea, what to do with the 4 large jars of sea glass I have. I've seen some cool stuff. Hold on.. I'll look in Pinterest. Got a link for ya. I'm intending to do this at some point (when I'm not busy. ha). Linda