Saturday, October 4, 2008

Sea Glass

I'm an avid beachcomber. So I was excited to go to Kauai on my honeymoon, and hopeful to bring home some trophy or other. I was dismayed to learn that the shell population was highly protected... and being somewhat of an ecologicly minded person, I was respectful of that fact.

When in Kauai... I noticed it was different from many other seasides I've been to.
I've beach-combed things from skate eggs on Virginia Beach, to Whelks down in Galveston, to driftwood in Oregon... but Kauai introduced me to my first sea glass.

I remember my first find with clarity. Our first evening in Kauai included a dinner that overlooked a strand of grassy beach. After an excelent meal we decided to get our first glimps of the beach that buffeted the endless pacific. No shells, bu plenty of coral skeletons. I made my way towards what I thought was a particulatly large peice... and it turned out to be a thumb-sized sea-worn porcelain figurine of a little girl.

Elated, I drug my hapless new husband further into the surf in search of more.

I never did find another figurine, but I stumbled across my first genuine piece of sea-glass, and another, and another. Beautiful browns and greens, I found later, are the more common pieces. Blues, Reds, Ambers and Purples are more valued than anything else.

The real finder's treasure in Kauai is it's Glass beach.

How-to guide

A good Washington Post article

A good display of sea-glass from a dedicated seller

If you decide you like the look, but cant afford a trip to the beach, or the high-prices that some glass sellers enforce, be comforted. Your local craft store is likely to sell emulated sea-glass at a good price, in bulk.