I was introduced to sea glass by someone who had been introduced to it by someone where she worked. This person was then VERY lucky when she met a sea glasser who showed her a good sea glassing spot, which she then shared with me. I guess the real beauty of sea glassing is when we share it with others.
I have had an opportunity to introduce several people to sea glassing now. Not only has it been a lot of fun, I have learned something interesting too.
How many pieces of sea glass do you see in this picture?
When I first started sea glassing I often wondered why I wasn’t seeing the pieces the person I was with was seeing. The green sea glass stuck out like a sore thumb, easy to see. But I was missing other pieces. I didn’t see the not so frosted clear glass, and, depending on the color of the sand and stones on the beach, I missed seeing brown sea glass completely. I wondered how she could find all the sea glass she was and I called her “Eagle Eye”, thinking that it was her eyesight that was better than mine.
Flash forward a year and something very interesting started happening. It was now me being called “Eagle Eye”. I heard “how did you see that?”, over and over, and that’s when it came to me. It has nothing to do with actual eye site, what it has to do with is developing an “eye” for sea glass.
It simple. I have developed an eye from time spent on the beach sea glassing. Now there is something about a shape, a texture, a glistening or a glimmer that stands out to me. Being able to easily recognize sea glass on the beach or in a river has become second nature to me now. I have to admit that sometimes even I am amazed at what I find. It’s a skill that has come, like most do, with practice.
Have you developed an “Eye” for sea glass?