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Sunday, June 6, 2010

More Worky and Sorty.....part two!

So, now that I have looked at all the glass from the beach and decided what to use for jewelry and what to fill yet another container with (whew! I have many!), it's time to ..... you guessed it!  Sort again!  

I bring it up to my work room and dump it in more paper plates to sort the colors.  Then I put the pieces by color into a divided white tray.  This helps me see the colors better.  I also have to do this in natural light- again, it helps me see the true colors.
Here is a picture of my tray with mostly purple.  I use some of  the empty sections for other sorted "finds" that may be interesting.


These purple pieces will have to be resorted by size and shade if I want to make earrings.  That is the most difficult part, finding a pair that are about the same shape and color.  The top left section has two pair that are close enough for earrings.  What do you think?




Some of the other pieces in the bottom sections of the tray are interesting, like the white one with a pattern.  This was most likely some cut glass - a dish or vase. 

I like to find pieces with letters stamped on them too.  Sometimes they get broken along the brand name and end up spelling something different.  For Christmas, I put two pieces of glass in my son's stocking that had the letters ALEX on them.  His name is Alex!  Kind of fun.  He and his wife have their own container of beach glass on the dining room table and these went right into the pile.

Here is another tray with some of my cobalt, green and teal suitable for jewelry:





I love the colors, all the variety and some of the unusual shades that I find.  I have yet to find a piece of orange (sigh!), but you never know. 

There is a great book that will just inspire you!  It's called Pure Sea Glass.  The photos are great and there is so much useful info on where sea glass/beach glass comes from and the rarity of each color.   You can buy it on Amazon.




If you have questions or something you would like to see...please email me at: frostedtrash@gmail.com

6 comments:

Elizabeth said... [Reply to comment]

So many different gorgeous coloured glass! You are so lucky to find such a wide variety. Love the patterned white piece, and the cloudy bright green is wonderful! I'm off to check out that book.

julie said... [Reply to comment]

Thanks Elizabeth! The beach glass never stops being a source of wonder...I'm hooked! Let me know how you love the book.

Sherri said... [Reply to comment]

Julie, I love to look at your trays of sea glass. You should make notecards out of some of the pictures you posted in this post-they are gorgeous! I'm definitely checking out that book! Thanks for sharing!

Alison said... [Reply to comment]

Such beautiful pieces of seaglass. How do you put the hole into the glass? They look fabulous sorted like that
Alison

julie said... [Reply to comment]

Sherri,
Thanks for the compliment on the trays of glass, I think their beautiful too...notecards would be fun!

julie said... [Reply to comment]

Allison,
I have to use a diamond bit in my drill to make the holes and go very, very carefully. Some of the pieces still breakeven if I'm careful. :(