I was going to wait until the new year to add a blog to the website, but after some recent chats on Twitter I have been inspired to get going straight away.
I was asked by a customer recently for a little fact sheet about the sea glass, we use at Sea Sparkle to put in with the jewellery she had bought as a gift, so that the person recieving the sea glass jewellery would know all about where it came from. This seemed like an excellent idea, so here is what I wrote:
ABOUT SEA GLASS
Sea glass is the smooth and multi coloured fragments of glass, found washed up on beaches. For many people there is an emotional attachment to sea glass, as they can remember collecting it as a child or on special seaside holidays.
The waves, water, sand and salt all have a part to play in the smoothing and shaping of the sea glass and each beach will have its own characteristic glass.
The most common colours of glass to find are green, brown and clear (white) with colours such as blue, red, yellow and black being amongst the most rare to find. Regardless of the colour each piece of glass will have its own story and history to tell.
The most common browns are nearly always from broken beer bottles, this does not make them boring however, as beer has been bottled for centuries, and it takes at least 50yrs to make really smooth sea glass.
At Sea Sparkle we are lucky enough to know of a beach that has a surprisingly plentiful supply of the rare Black sea glass. Black sea glass is what we like to call Pirate glass, as nearly all black bottles were produced before 1880 and were used to protect liquids from sunlight during transportation. The golden age for piracy was around 1730 and so we like to think our Black sea glass has come from a pirate ship. Certainly the area where we collect it from has a famous history with pirates. Black sea glass is actually a very dark green glass, as you will see if you hold it up to the light.
At Sea Sparkle we only use genuine sea glass found mostly on the beaches of Devon, Dorset and Cornwall. We use the glass just as we find it off the beach, with a frosty surface. If you would like the colours of your sea glass jewellery to be more obvious, rub the glass with a tiny, tiny bit of oil such lavender oil.