Sea Glass Hunting

March 10, 2018

We finally got a much welcomed break from the "Beast from the East", and had a few gorgeous days of sunshine and warmth (which is kind of relative in Scotland in the winter - only 2 layers instead of three! 😆).  This last Wednesday Becca and I ventured to the town of Dunbar, 9 miles away, to check out the beach and see what had been brought ashore after the turbulent seas of the storm.  Dunbar is a favourite place of ours to go for sea glass hunting, and we were looking forward to doing one of our favourite past times.


I want to say it was a relaxing couple of hours, and in most ways it was - sunshine on our shoulders (cue John Denver), the sound of the gentle waves lapping on the shore, and very few people - pretty much just us and our "mission".   However, a couple of hours of walking, stooping over, walking some more, stooping over some more - getting on your hands and knees (then having to get up again - ugh! - I'm getting so old 😏)  take a bit of a toll on you.   When we were here a couple of months ago with our good friend, Lilly, she made us laugh saying that we all (she's a confirmed sea glass nut like ourselves) looked like chickens scratching in the sand!  It's true!  Sometimes you don't want to bend over so you kick rocks aside to see what's under them, just like chicken scratching!


We always come up with good, if not sometimes great, finds on this beach.  Sea glass is different things to different people, but the ultimate, jewellery worthy kind is very frosted and very smooth.  Sea glass takes at least 30 - 40 years to get these frosted and smooth  properties (many over hundreds of years!), so it's like capturing beautiful pieces of history.   "Craft glass" is not as perfect, but is still used for many purposes from different forms of art to just putting in jars in your window to enjoy it's beauty.  There are things like bottle stoppers and marbles that are much sought after finds - and I did find a marble on this adventure.  The marble I found was once used in what's called a code bottle, (some history here, so be sure to click the link!).  I love finding old pieces of porcelain which are fun to use in art pieces.


This beach always has a lot of what's called "Mermaid's Tears ", which I learned are the smaller types of glass, but you can find some whoppers here as well.  Here in Scotland the prized and very difficult colours to find are the reds, oranges, yellow and purples.  It's a happy day if you can come up with one of those colours.


Becca has become very adept at making beautiful things with her finds, from Christmas trees and Christmas lights, to jewellery.  I've taken a stab at working with framed art.  It does become rather addicting!  One more fun thing to do in Scotland!  Aren't we lucky?!




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