As the owner of one of the world's most elaborate sea glass collections, Mary Beth Beuke gets to talk about these prized ocean gems on a daily basis. Unfortunately, with each passing day, sea glass becomes more and more difficult to find, making the hunt more of a challenge to the seekerespecially one with limited experience in sea glass hunting.
There are several reasons why the hunt is so important to the sea glass seeker. Some find their Zen moments in the solitude and beauty of the hunt. Some collect to add color to their lives. The history, mystery, and discovery of sea glass are also strong forces that draw collectors to shorelines around the world, looking for these pieces of physically and chemically weathered frosted glass.
Whatever your reason for wanting to learn about and start your own collection of sea glass, the window for doing so is closing as pieces are becoming more elusive due to a growth in sea glass popularity and a decrease in recent glass bottle production.
In The Ultimate Guide to Sea Glass: Beach Comber’s Edition , Beuke provides information that will help first-time seekers start new collections and veteran hunters learn more about their current sets. Take this manual with you as you search for your own collection and make notes about what you find along the way.
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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
Part 1 What Is Sea Glass? 1
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
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
Author Bio 252
About West Coast Sea Glass 254
My Sea Glass Records 265