Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Sea Glass Ball Fishing Net Floats

My Latest Finds
Some of my recent sea glass finds include a handful of bubble-filled teal greenish blue shards. This is a rather rare color for us and likely comes from fragments of the vintage, Japanese and Korean glass fishing floats that have meandered their way across the great expanse of ocean to land on a Pacific Northwest beach.

Across The Ocean
These glass fishing net floats were found washed up on a beach in remote Alaska. Over a lifetime they've crossed the Bering Sea from Asia. Once used by fishermen to give their fishnets buoyancy, the floats were strung together on the nets then set adrift upon the sea.

Very Rare
The nets were supported near the water’s surface by these hollow, colorful glass balls containing air to keep them afloat. After a springtime storm, the sea glass hunter can still occasionally find a piece from a broken glass float. However a fully intact glass float is an extremely rare find. Occasionally we are able to sell one or two of these on our website, when available. Click here: Glass Floats

These were photographed by me on the beach in front of my home along the Puget Sound. Copyright Mary Beth Beuke
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Sunday, February 10, 2008

The Sea Glass Festival


Sea Glass Memories:
It all came flooding back to me tonight. You see, the Sea Glass Association (see link at right) just recently spruced up the look of the Sea Glass Festival webpage. Since I'm the person who gets to help do the layout and content of the page, I got the first look at a recap of the past two years of enchanting sea glass bliss.

What's a Sea Glass Festival?
It's two days filled with sea glass related art, crafts, lectures, exhibits and hundres of crazy (in the good way) creative, adventurous beach combers who have a special penchant for those frosty little gems.

Sunny California:
The sunroom style exhibit hall overlooked the beach in Santa Cruz, California. The air was warm and the sun was shining all weekend as the sea glass festooned room seemed to glow with color. Museum like pieces were showcased upon white tables, while jewelry displays and table-top busts boasted glints of silver chain showcasing sea glass gems. Stories were traded, specimens were shown and prizes were awarded.

We Gotta Go Back:
There's a force...something unexplainable pulling many back to that alluring sea glass weekend. Though we cannot step back in time, we can review the bright photos and plan for next October!

More About Sea Glass: West Coast Sea Glass