What is Sea Glass?

I have wanted to blog about sea glass for some time. But as with everything have not found the time to do it. So here we go. I am committing to blog about sea glass on a regular basis.

I guess we should start at the beginning and answer the question, “What is Sea Glass?” Well sea glass is not made per say from the ocean as many people ask me. No lightening striking the sand during a storm does not make sea glass. Although that would be very cool. I will write more on that later.

Old Bottles

In all honesty sea glass is trash. Yes, you heard me it is trash. However, Mother nature takes this trash and turns it into beautiful treasures. Technically, Sea glass (also known as beach glass, mermaid’s tears, lucky tears, and many other names) is glass found on beaches along oceans or large lakes that has been tumbled and smoothed by the water and sand, creating small pieces of smooth, frosted glass.

To sum it up :Glass Becomes Sea Glass or Beach Glass when:- A

Sea Glass

piece of glass has been tumbled by natural wave action to the point where there are no sharply-defined edges or corners, and 2 -The natural action of elements in the water along with sunlight and tumbling action have produced a unique frosted or etched surface covering all sides of the glass.
If these two factors are not present, it is just a glass shard, no matter where it is found.
*The term “Beach Glass” is more general and includes naturally-tumbled glass that is found on freshwater beaches as well as ocean beaches.

So now you know. Have you ever found any sea glass? What is your most prized piece.


About Sea Glass Art by Char

I love collecting sea glass and making it into pieces of art to share with others.
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One Response to What is Sea Glass?

  1. Tom Reeder says:

    It’s nice that you liked my photograph (titled “Sea Glass”, above). You might be interested to know that it received recognition in a local photo contest back in 2006. The original print is on a wall in our home. As you can probably guess, we’re sea glass fans, too.

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