Most everyone seems to love the beach, whether you are on a stony
stretch in Maine or a powdered perfection on the islands, there is
something that happens when water and people meet! Beach combing is
a popular pastime among young and old alike. From Roman beach glass
in Europe to glass fishing floats on the Pacific coast, people around
the world like to collect the treasures they find while walking along
the waters edge. Sea Glass is a worldwide passion.
I have spent hundreds of hours a year searching for beach glass and use
only select pieces (probably 1 out of 100 that I find). Many days
I can load my pockets with these lovely treasures, yet on other days,
I'll be lucky to find even 1 piece. Even the difference between one
tide can make all the difference!
How To Look For Sea Glass
The best times I've found to collect
is a falling tide after a 3 or 4 day onshore wind. As avid beach goers
know, there can be several tide lines on the beach, a high-high and a low-high
tide line. Most of the time, the top of the low-high tide line seems
to produce the best finds. Pebble beds and rocky beaches yeild the best sea glass.
Each beach differs so take notes on the weather conditions when you have a good day collecting sea glass. After storms is usually a good time!
Most of our sea glass collecting was done on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. There we have Sloughs ( a dip on the ocean floor that rise up to a sand bar). Pebbles, rocks and sea glass collect in these trenches and get pushed onto the beach during strong tides.
Finding sea glass varies from location to location.
The Outer Banks of North Carolina was the home of By The Sea Jewelry for near 20 years.
Located on the eastern most stretch of barrier islands on North Carolina,
it is the home to many attractions and abounds in activities. Fishing,
surfing, windsurfing, boating, as well as area attractions that include
the Wright Brothers Monument and the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse are
within easy reach.
We now reside in Sebastian Florida though we continue to travel for art shows year long. Sebastian is home to the Sebastian Inlet on the Indian River Lagoon, known for it's great surf break and Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge, the oldest preserve in the United States.
Sebastian is a relatively small town (our town motto is "Home of friendly people and six old grouches) situated on the Indian River and surrounded by wildlife preserves on all side. It is home to some of the finest flats fishing in the world.
Sea Glass Collecting and Beach Info
http://www.beachhunter.net/index.html for more info on Florida Beaches
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