Glass Beach Treasures

We sent two days at Fort Bragg, California over Thanksgiving weekend. Visited two lighthouses and Glass Beach…which is at the end of Elm Street.

Glass Beach is the leftovers of a 1949 public dump…most everything was cleaned up around 1967, but lots of glass stayed behind and continues to be washed up. The whole beach is covered in glass…I kept throwing the not so tumbled pieces back into the ocean. I picked a few pieces up, along with a ceramic insulator/spark plug and some pottery shards.

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Adding a picture of the beach to show HOW MUCH glass is there…there is so much, I just picked a few pieces. I did see families out there with buckets.

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Gifts from Mother Ocean

Gifts from Mother Ocean on my weekend trip to Pacifica, California.

Video on Drilling Holes in Sea Glass ~ Found at LAST!

After checking different blogs on wordpress and blogspot I found a really cool one for HOW DO DRILL HOLES IN SEA GLASS!

YIPPPPPEEEE!!!

Am hoping that my next piece of glass will not look like my first piece of drilled glass ~

Below are links to her different websites/blogs ~ A Maritime Girl from Prince Edward Island, Canada.

A Maritime Girl ~ How to Drill Sea Glass

A Martime Girl's Online Sea Glass Studio ~ VIDEO of her drilling sea glass

Beach Glass Girl ~ her WordPress blog

Beading and Wire-Wrapping Sea Glass

Took yesterday off of work for my birthday…spent a leisure day of beading, wire wrapping, lunch and a movie.

First off…if you haven’t already seen it, you gotta go see the 3-D version of Journey to the Center of the Earth! OMGosh! That was fun.

Sunday night I started a necklace to hang one of my pieces of sea glass that I collected on the beach in Monterey earlier this month. Took apart two necklaces I found for 99 cents at our local Goodwill store and used the beads to make my own design. I think they may be clay beads…I liked them. Had some green moss stone beads and other beads floating around…dumped them into a dish and just used whatever caught my fancy. Well…didn’t like how the first one laid. I used two wooden disk beads too close to the wire-wrapped glass and it just didn’t lay the way I wanted it to.

Here’s what the first necklace looked like ~

Here’s what the remake looks like…the one that I have on today. Had to re-wrap the green glass piece…didn’t get it the same, sorta liked it better the first time. Oh well. The first time I wrapped it so it went straight onto the necklace without a jump ring…the second time I used a jump ring to attach the glass to the necklace.

And here is what I used…beading wire, beads, 20 gauge copper wire, hemp 20 lb test, and a nifty cast iron grippy doo-dad that I picked up for 50 cents at a yard sale.

Weekend in Monterey at the Beach Resort at Seaside

OMGosh…Best Western’s Beach Resort Monterey was very nice! We walked into the main lobby and my niece, nephew and I left my mom at the front desk and immediately put our noses to the wall-to-wall windows facing the ocean. You’d think we’ve never seen the ocean before. We arrived about 12:30, since our rooms wouldn’t be ready until 3:oo pm we went out to the beach to roam. (We had oceanfront rooms on the ground level) After settling in, cleaning off the sand and changing clothes (those of us that got all wet) we drove into town to find dinner. Ate at Chili’s then came back…my sister, niece and I took a long walk north and took pictures of the sunset.

Saturday morning I got up around 5:45 to hit the beach looking for glass and whatnot before hightide hit again. Shut the door, turned around and saw Humpback whales swimming not too far off shore! Spun around and pounded on our two rooms for everyone to come out to look. After all the excitement three of us went back to bed and the rest of us went for a very long walk towards Monterey. We found lots of sea glass, some bones, cool rocks with worm holes, 2 dead seals and lots of whole sand dollars….we left the seals there. On the way back we had dolphins follow us back.

Looking back at the hotel, which is the next group of buildings past the brown condos.

Back to the hotel to clean up and then went to the Aquarium.

And my absolute favorite ~ the Rays. They are so soft…and I love feeding them. They were my favorite 20 years ago and they’re still my favorite.

After a mini arguement on where to catch the 17 Mile Drive, we found it and headed on our way. BIL drooled over the golf courses and the large homes…we ooowwww-ahhhhed over the beach and seals.

Back to the hotel…scoured the phone book for a pizza place, drove to pick up dinner. Then off for another evening walk for more glass. The same time I found a sharks tooth (1/2 if a fossilized Great White tooth), my sister found some blue glass…we exchanged as that is what we were looking for! 🙂 Had to reign in the boy from chasing seagulls and headed back.

Sunday morning I went for a walk by myself, didn’t see whales nor dolphins, but there were three seals playing in the surf in the direction I was walking. I took some plastic bags and collected trash while picking up sea glass and rocks…I did throw the broken glass back out into the ocean, hoping someday someone else can comb the beach for sea glass. 🙂 It’s amazing how we humans litter the beach…plastic and paper trash everywhere! If you had room to pack it in, then you have room to pack it out. Grrrr.

We left about 9:30-ish back for Sparks. Went from 66F-68F partly foggy partly sunny to high 90F smoke filled sky. Welcome home. ACK!

Forgot to show my treasures ~ here they are!

My sister just sent me her picture of one of the seals from the 17 Mile Drive near Pebble Beach ~ he’s laughing at something! Probably getting a good laugh at all of us taking pictures.

So How DO You Drill Holes in the Bloody Sea Glass?!

Ok…I’m beyond frustrated. How the heck does a person drill a bloody hole in a piece of sea glass?! I have lots of lovelies that I’m afraid to drill until I figure it out…am now working on broken beer bottles I’ve found in the alley. I just can’t do it.

Here are two pieces I started out with ~

How I wanted to wire wrap them ~

What that beautiful brown beach glass looked like after I tried to drill it ~

I placed the glass on a soaking wash cloth and poured water onto it while drilling. I used a diamond bit dremel tool drill bit…and either I break the glass or the drill bit just spins and spins without doing anything.

Other than telling me to go buy beach glass already drilled…anyone have any ideas? O PHULEEEZ ~ O PHULEEZ ~ O PHULEEZ!!!!!