As some of you know, this week I'm visiting a good friend who lives 750 miles away on the Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island. One of the many perks of this trip, besides visiting with my friend (shown below, patiently braving the chill with a land-lubbing visitor) and her family, eating wonderful, fresh New England seafood and just seeing another part of the U.S. is a relatively new obsession - hunting for sea glass.
Sea glass (or beach glass) is unfortunately, mainly the result of litter - glass bottles, etc., which have made their way into the sea, getting broken into progressively smaller pieces, sanded and "frosted" by rocks and stone. With each new tide, a possible bounty of new treasures is washed onto rocky beaches, just waiting to be discovered. Brown and medium green colors are the most common - think about all of those beer bottles going over the side of partying boaters :-( Blue and red, especially, are conversely, quite rare.
Along with choice pieces of nicely frosted glass (including some blue!) I discovered a lovely shell in shades of purple and three nested shells from which I intend to make a mold. I'll be incorporating some of this booty into polymer objects over the next few months.