Sunday, July 4, 2010

Sea Glass

 
Sea Glass found at Sunnyside Beach Park
(picture taken by my older daughter)


A friend told us about sea glass last week, and now we love looking for it and collecting it.  It's like searching for a little treasure!  Sea glass is "Glass found on beaches along oceans, bays, rivers or large lakes that has been tumbled and smoothed by the waves, water and sand, creating smooth, frosted shards of glass" (wikipedia). It's ironic and special how something that was "garbage" transforms into such a pretty little treasure.

Different colors of glass come from different periods of time, and holding a piece of sea glass is like holding a tiny piece of history.  So many things are made from plastic now rather than glass, and sadly there is coming to be less and less sea glass (and more and more awful plastic collecting in the oceans!).

We aren't sure yet what we are going to do with our sea glass.  So far we are simply having a lot of fun finding and collecting it!  My daughter would like to make jewelry out of some of hers.  For now I might just put mine in a clear glass container to display it since it's so pretty to look at.   Some other things people do with them are make mosaics or windchimes.  There are so many possiblities!  What a great way to recycle.

Here are some pictures of some of our pretty sea glass.  These were all found in Steilacoom, WA.

Sea glass from my older son's collection:

One of my older son's favorite pieces:

My younger daughter's favorite piece of sea glass:
(she took this picture)

Another one of my younger daughter's 
favorite pieces. She enjoys the "T" on this piece:
(she took this picture)

Below are some pictures my older daughter took of her collection:

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