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.