The Ultimate Guide to Sea Glass: Beach Comber's Edition: Finding, Collecting, Identifying, and Using the Ocean¿s Most Beautiful Stones

The Ultimate Guide to Sea Glass: Beach Comber's Edition: Finding, Collecting, Identifying, and Using the Ocean¿s Most Beautiful Stones


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781634509374
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
Publication date: 05/03/2016
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 183,822
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Mary Beth Beuke is the owner of West Coast Sea Glass and was the president of the North American Sea Glass Association from 2005 to 2010. Her sea glass art jewelry can be found in more than fifty galleries all over the world. Her story and collection have been featured on the Travel Channel and in National Geographic, Smithsonian, Coastal Living, Ocean Home, the Seattle Times, and more. She exhibits her collection at museums and libraries often and resides in Sequim, Washington.

Lisl Armstrong is a sea glass jewelry artist and collector. As a leading authority on sea glass, she is often called upon by her peers to lecture at sea glass festivals and to assist in other educational efforts. She has beachcombed all over the world, served as vice president of the North American Sea Glass Association, and created the organization Sea Glass Artists & Sea Glass Collectors. She resides in Englewood, Florida.

Table of Contents

Dedication vii

Foreword ix

Part 1 What Is Sea Glass? 1

Introduction 3

What Is Sea Glass? 6

Where Does Sea Glass Come From? 10

Why Has Glass Wished Up on Shore? 25

Can Sea Glass Still Be Found Today? 29

What Is Lake Glass? 34

And River Glass? 34

Why Do We Love Sea Glass So Much? 37

Part 2 Types of Sea Glass 43

First, a Bit of Glass Blowing History 44

Lightning and Meteorite Glass 44

Antique Bottles 47

Inkwells 56

Antique Tableware 58

Bonfire Glass 72

Sea Glass Beads 75

Pieces with Swirls of Multiple Colors 82

Sea Pottery, Ceramics, and Porcelain 87

Part 3 Collecting 93

The International Sea Glass Community 94

The Collection Chart 104

When and Where to Go 109

Tides and Debris 111

Caring for the Shore 122

Further Tips on Collecting 123

Part 4 Identification 125

Different Beaches and Oceans Condition Sea Glass Differently 127

Historic Collections versus Modern Collections 136

Genuine versus Artificial 140

Identification of Most Common Finds 153

Identification of Unique Pieces and Markings 156

Sea Glass from Around the World 224

Part 5 Caring and Using Your Sea Glass 239

Cleaning Your Glass 240

How to Sort, Store, and Categorize 244

Things to Do With Your Collection 248

Resources 250

Author Bio 252

About West Coast Sea Glass 254

Glossary 258

Index 261

My Sea Glass Records 265

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