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My parents were worried when I ran around with scissors – now I play with fire and (intentionally) break glass! Based in the beautiful South West of England, close to the sea and often the scene of beautiful sunsets, I am inspired by the countryside around. Working with sea glass collected from remote beaches, soda lime glass from Murano, Italy, Europe, USA and beyond, I create artisan beads, for use in my own jewellery or for you to enjoy in your own creations. But I couldn’t stop there; continuing the theme from round rods to flat sheets, mostly from the USA, I break large sheets of transparent, opaque, multi-coloured and dichroic glass into much smaller pieces to make a kiln-formed range of bright, colourful jewellery and home decoration. Each piece I make is individually designed around the shape, size and beauty of the materials and intended to be unique, wearable, usable and affordable. All my glass work is kiln annealed for strength and durability and designed to give pleasure for years to come.

Sunday, 15 March 2009

Gems from the sea shore

Usually my forays onto the beach result in me collecting sea glass. Sometimes I collect little bits of driftwood to make mobiles or shells for decorating mirrors. Occasionally I find a real gem of a piece.



Some people are probably lucky enough to see these rare pieces, but on the beaches I visit, old bottle stoppers are rare finds.



The first is a small flat topped bottle stopper (the coin is a UK 5p piece, similar in size to a dime) which, although probably clear ground glass originally, had now washed a wonderful frosted grey-white after years rolling around in the sea.












The second is a strong sea foam green colour and much larger. It is so flawless that it retains the 2 small glass lugs that would have helped the stopper fit tight into the bottle neck.










I have no idea of the exact age and origin of these pieces but most well frosted pieces of sea glass are thought to be 50-100 years old, possibly older for some rarer colours and these look though they were probably perfume bottle (white) or medicine bottle (sea foam) stoppers.



I've not found a use for these examples but know there are collectors so sell these. It allows me to buy other glass from other sea glass sellers. I'm trying to keep the economy moving! My husband often tells me I'm trying too hard!!



The sea foam bottle stopper is currently available for sale on Ebay but if you can't find it you can always contact me to find out if I still have it, or others.

4 comments:

  1. Hi sue,
    My sea glass arrived - thanks! My boys were fascinated by it. I love the colours. I like to use Copper Wire and I think they compliment each other perfectly. Enjoy your decorating!!!

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  2. I love the green one!! Unfortunately the sea is about a 3 day drive in either direction for me. Would love to go walking by the sea and finds such wonderful things.

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  3. Wonderful finds. To be able to walk by the sea and soak in the smells, sounds and sights is a pleasure I can only experience on vacation. What a treat!

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  4. Such a great finds! When I was still living 15 min by the sea I could search for these treasures forever :) each of them had a soul and a character... I miss it sometimes...

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