Some wee little things in Grandma's Afternoons

Monday, July 16, 2018

Sea Glass Island - Source, Course & Suggestions

Living on an Island can be insular, finding sea glass impossible - unless you know what you're looking for.


It wasn't long ago I could walk the beach and find a fist full of sea glass in a matter of seconds. Today however the sea glass source is becoming less and less with the growing interest the tiny shards of washed up discarded broken bottles of treasures that are coming ashore.

The Sea Glass Island

Prince Edward Island floods with vacationing tourists each year wanting to enjoy the scrumptious fresh lobster, mussels and oysters. Some come for the fun, others the sun, but most often the sea. There is something special about the sound of waves reaching the shore and especially on PEI you can walk for miles listing to crashing waves in the distant surf.  The Island of Sea Glass holds true that perhaps the great number of shipwrecks around the Island are returning these sea glass shards scarcefully these days along the tine lines.
You have to get up pretty early if you are going to venture sea Glass picking, because most likely someone has beat you to the hour of the hunt. 

The Sea Glass Source



Tiny shards like the Cobalt Blue Sea Glass seen above can be picked on the shore in Souris, PEI. While other larger nuggests might be found in places like West Point Lighthouse area, Nail Pond, and Georgetown PEI. These are some of the places I frequent when my busy lift allows me to venture to the beach.  

The Sea Glass Course

During the summer months my little gift shop becomes a popular meeting spot for some to shop and for many to take a class in wire wrapping sea glass. Learn more at seaglassing.ca/workshop.html





My Sea Glass Suggestions

Rise early, be the first on the beach, walk slow, and know that sea glass can be in a few places. Look under rocks, on the timeline, and even just in the sand of the beach. Stop and pick up pieces and hold them up to the light, you might be surprised. Now if you don't have any luck finding sea glass I have a suggestion where there is plenty. I've created a beach in my backyard where children can come and pick a piece of sea glass, bring it inside and I've told a story or two about the journey this rounded nugget has taken. Also I have a treasure box in the Island Made Gift Shop where you can pick yourself a piece of sea glass and sit down in the workshop and take a class in wire wrapping you own piece of glass into a pendant to be on a chain or key chain. 
Happy Seaglassing
Cindy

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