Sea Glass Beads! Dive into Summer with These Beachy Beads
Sea glass is a serious thing. Every day of the year there are gaggles of glassheads combing beaches all over the world looking for those glorious “mermaid tears”. Its becoming harder to find since we’ve gone green and our quest to recycle our glass has taken much of it out of the water and put it back on our grocer shelves and more. Which is good… right? Well, for sea glass collectors, it makes more rare and valuable. Rising water levels and sand replenishment also make it harder to find. But does that stop us from searching to quench our lust?? Of course not.
Serious sea glass
Did you know it takes 30 years of high water pH and 30 years of non–stop wave action to create the beloved look of sea glass with its pitted surfaces and smooth edges? There’s no doubt that we’re positively bonkers about it and are happy to wait that long. Oh, wait. Not willing to wait that long? Well, we’ve got a cure for that. Hold onto your bikini strings…
The Beadin’ Path has a glorious selection of beads that have the same allure of sea glass! Frosty, weathered and etched, the surface of these beads will have you dreaming of a secluded cove of briny frothing waves! But lets not get carried away here. :-)
Sea glass colors
Did you know that the most common colors of sea glass found on beaches today are clear, brown and green. That’s because most drink bottles and medicine bottles come in those colors. Rare are the blues, oranges, yellows and purples. If you find red, that is a treasure indeed! Our sea glass beads come in colors common and rare, and more! The white opal sea glass beads have a touch of amber glow to their milkiness… like a warm beach sunset. The white palette is vast… including alexandrite, light azure and crystal, all with different tones of white. Imagine wearing a silver linked chain of these beauties against your tanned skin. Stunning!
You’ll be surprised at how pretty the rutilated quartz sea glass is, not to mention my two personal favorites… the matte opaque cherry red and matte opaque turquoise. Mix them with coral and turquoise stones to create a summer masterpiece.
Sea glass shapes
Beach stones, tumbled chips and tumbled nuggets are more traditional sea glass shapes, but factor in rondells, square spacers and spiny drops to intersperse with rounds, puff discs and flattened pendants and you’ve got a perfect assortment to whip up a briny bracelet or a nautilus necklace. Pair these beads up with some ocean themed charms like starfish or sand dollars and you’ve got your summer accessories ready to go.
Surround yourself with sea glass
It makes me happy just to have these beads around, so consider making some chimes with your beads so they can be out swaying in the summer breeze! You can even just fill a small pretty bowl with a mixture of them to sit on a table where you can see them all the time. Instant joy! Instant meditative carefree summer atmosphere at a glance. And while you’re at it, put a bauble of it on your keychain so you can take it with you everywhere you go!
There are no rules when it comes to designing with sea glass. Pair it up with some sultry metals or mouth watering stones or anything you like! Then you’ll want to put on your swim suit and head for the water.
“Pirates were fools. They should have been collecting sea glass instead of booty. Whatever that is! Bunch of scurvy dingdongs.” ~Melissa Match, sea glass obsessed collector