I'm finally getting my butt into gear and showing you some of the things I collect. I've been collecting sea glass for a few years now, I remember Ben picking some up at the beach and I didn't really know what it was, after Ben explained it was broken glass that (over time) had been smoothed by the ocean I fell in love straight away. We both have a love for the man-made that nature has reclaimed and made even more beautiful. Sea glass is such a good example of that - I mean broken glass into treasure - how awesome.
Since I've been collecting a few years, I've become super fussy as to the pieces I keep.
Browns are the most common and therefore I'm probably the strictest in which pieces I keep, they have to be completely smooth on all sides and they have to look pretty, I like pieces that are frosty but not too frosty (ha ha - yup I'm picky!)
What I'm not picky on are purples and dark blues, you can see in the top image my only two purple pieces (super precious) and then above are my blues. Karla, my room mate, actually brought me back a couple of those darker blue pieces from her trip to Thailand - she said she was searching for purples pieces but couldn't even imagine what bottle they'd come from - needless to say I was super over joyed at the blues!
At the beaches I go to (Sunshine Coast/QLD/Australia), the browns are the easiest to find, followed by white, followed by green, followed by the light blues - I found this guide which is pretty interesting talking about the rarity of colours (from their beaches in America) - gosh I'd love to find a piece of red or yellow!
They list the light amber or honey browns as not easy to find so I'd say it really is dependent on your area, there is also this guide from people who collect from the beaches of Puerto Rico who list all browns as common.
Did you know sea glass can take up to 40 years to go through the tumbling and smoothing process. I probably read that from a not too credible site but you know it does still take years. I actually make up little stories in my head like my pieces coming from bottles people drank on the titanic which I know was way more than 40 years ago but sometimes my fantasies don't carry logic.
Precious treasures and completely free too!
Do you guys collect seaglass and do you have a favourite colour?
I actually blogged about finding one of the purple pieces over here. One of the many reasons I love blogging because I never would of remembered that story otherwise