My Latest Finds
Some of my recent sea glass finds include a handful of bubble-filled teal, or greenish blue shards. This is a rather unique color for us and likely comes from fragments of the vintage, Japanese and Korean glass fishing floats that have meandered their way across the great expanse of ocean to land on a Pacific west coast beach. Our shores are rocky and often the glass balls are dashed to pieces then the pieces tumble and get get conditioned in the rugged surf.
Across The Ocean
Should the glass float stay intact and wash up on the shore, it is considered a highly prized find. Once used by fishermen to give their fishnets buoyancy, the floats were strung together on the nets then set adrift upon the sea. The nets were supported near the water's surface by these hollow, colorful glass balls containing air to keep them afloat. Occasionally a float breaks free from the net and bobs about in the ocean for decades. Over a lifetime, these photographed here have crossed the Bering Sea from Japan. Some still have their original netting wrapped around the float but often the ocean's elements erode the nets away. We have a small collection of both in our studio. These genuine Glass Fishing Net Floats were found washed up on a beach in remote Alaska.
Intact is Rare
It has been over 2 years since I or one of my friends have found an intact fishing float. That is how special they are in the Pacific Northwest at this time. After a Springtime storm for example, the sea glass hunter can still, on seldom occasion can find a piece from a broken glass float. However a fully intact glass float is an extremely rare find. Occasionally we are able to sell a few of these, some with nets still on them and some without, on our website here: Vintage Glass Floats.
These were photographed by me on the beach in front of my home along the Pacific Northwest's Salish Sea, and along other shores we trek and collect. Copyright Mary Beth Beuke. More About Sea Glass: About Sea Glass Here