Friday, October 7, 2016

Seaglass





I have been collecting 
seaglass for many years.
I was fortunate enough to
grow up near the Baie des Chaleur
in the Gaspé, Eastern Canada. 


Walking along the beach, these 
beautiful treasures can be found 
along the shoreline, 
tossed up by the tides.

Bonaventure Beach



There's also a peacefulness, 
calm from the waves and the 
joy of not knowing what will
 we find on the shores. 


Fauvel Beach



Seaglass is becoming harder to find
 because of plastics and recycling.






Year ago, before garbage
was being picked up,
residents used the 
woods/forest and beach 
for a place to dump their trash. 




Around the 1960s plastics
 came into being,
 replacing glass bottles,
 dishes and jars. 

Therefore the finding of 
sea glass is diminishing.


I am sharing my collection.....

~Some of the colours below~
It is rare to find an orange piece.
I also have a clear yellow piece below.




Good quality pieces are 
frosted with no sharp edges
the result of many years of tossing 
and tumbling in the 
rough waters of the sea.

 Shades of whites



Seaglass is formed from bottles,
 jars, dishes, pottery and other glass
 that have ended up in the sea, 
broken and tumbled over the years,
 in the waves of the ocean.

 Shades of aqua and light blues and greens.




This large piece of aqua below, 
 looks like it could be
part of an "Insulator".


 
Green, the most plentiful colour to find


Beautiful Blue, the rarest colour to find....
It's a thrill to find a blue piece💙


 Brown with some brownish green





 Green pieces with marks,
 most are pieces of jar tops,
 bottle necks and bottoms.



Pottery - aren't they pretty?




The blue and green below,
  jadeite fire king dishware.
Jadeite



Dishes and pottery with
 some milk glass pieces.


Bone, slate and tiles.





 Bottle Bottoms






Coca Cola Ltd.






Coca Cola





 I keep them in mason jars on a window sill.


Pretty with the sun shining through.....



The term "Sea Glass" is glass found in salt water
and "Beach Glass" is found in fresh water.


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We also find agate stone on the beach.
I haven't collected many agate.
Their colours blend in with the rocks
making them hard to spot.

I must confess that I found 
most of these below, 
at a flea market.
Can you imagine someone 
spent a lot of time 
to find these, only to have 
them end up at a flea market.




Agate is a semi-precious gemstone.
 A mineral of the quartz family.
 It can be found in many colors.
 Used for craft, arts and
 jewelry making.





 Agate is translucent.  




If we hold it up to the sun, 
we can see through it.



~The treasures of tides and time~








Thanks for your visit. 
💙💙💙


My favourite beaches nearby is Fauvel Beach.
also Bonaventure Beach

Also, my blog post on Seaglass Crafts, Seaglass Christmas Decoration




All pics are my sole original property.


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