september 22nd, 2021
surprising absolutely no one, i couldn't wait until the waves subsided to go out again haha. i was hoping a big wave would crash on the shoreline and deliver a real fat nice piece! i didn't get anything too wild from this haul, but i did find another piece of security glass! this is the fourth one that i've found, and after i find one i've so far always found a second the next day. fingers crossed that pattern continues!
i'm very confused about the red square. i was thinking it could be from a piece of jewelry or a piece of old wall tile. either way, a pretty mystery!
another one i like is the light blue piece with a cursive A on it. i'm thinking it might be from an old coca cola bottle?
letdown of the day: i thought the rock in the top right corner was a puddingstone with some jasper in it, but i think it's just regular ol conglomerate and the red stuff is brick. you live and learn!
september 21st, 2021
[girlfriend] and i went beachcombing yesterday. she started her own collection! hooray for spreading the hobby, but also now i'm legit jealous of some of her finds lmao. she found a couple deep teal pieces, a half-red-half-clear piece, and a couple really big olives! but this picture here is the best of my finds from the day...
top left: a crinoid fossil! the first i've ever found! this one is likely millions of years old, and possibly up to FIVE HUNDRED MILLION YEARS OLD! isn't that insane?!
bottom left: a big piece of security glass! the glass was reinforced with wire for added protection in order to make windows and doors that were harder to break into. since it's got a bluish tint, that means it's pretty old!
right side: just some pretty colors :) i love the pink so much!!
the waves are going to be wild for the next couple days. tomorrow they're supposed to get up to 18 feet! i can't wait to see what kind of stuff washes up on the beach!
september 19th, 2021
(scene from yesterday) me, sitting at my computer, refreshing every hour to see when the small craft advisory would end, which signals the end of big waves time and the start of good beachcombing time.
and it was worth it! while i didn't find any crazy colors (minus a teeny tiny red piece), i did end up getting a lot of really nice round pieces and some really thick pieces, which usually means older glass.
this piece on the right is the best find of the day. it might not look like much on the surface, but see the air bubble in the top left corner? that's the result of older manufacturing processes, which means the glass at least a hundred years old and may be from the 1800s. with the dark green color, it's probably from a very old wine bottle. cheers, baby!
september 14th, 2021
another day, another piece of hexagon tile! the past two days in a row, actually. i've been finding surprisingly good pieces even though the waves haven't been very big and no storms have come through. unfortunately the horse flies were aboslutely insane today. usually they're only at the north end of the beach, but today they took up the entire shore line. i had to have gotten bitten at least a hundred times. all for the love of the glass, though.
i'm excited about the coral-tan piece of clay, because i've never found a piece with any leftover slip/glaze left on it! i also really love the the tiny aqua piece-- the color is so much deeper in person. the light purple manganese glass is also really pretty.
these ones to the right are some others i didn't take a picture of by the lake. the triangular stone pieces are so big! i like how you can tell that the top left triangle is just a newer, less worn-down version of the bottom right triangle. the round ceramic piece remains a bit of a mystery to me, but when i took it to the lab (my girlfriend) she said maybe a button or a furniture knob. i'm also really happy about how many little pieces of ceramic with blue and white designs i've found! most of the ones i find have color that's really faded from being in the water so long, so it's nice to find some vibrant pieces!
on a side note, i discovered that when you're [redacted], sorting your sea glass collection is a very pleasant tacticle activity!
september 10th, 2021
no major recent finds to report, but in the last few months i've found so many of these hexagon tiles! they've all been the north end of my usual beachcombing beach, so i assume some tiling company must have dumped a bunch of them off the shore back in the day. i think this kind of tile was a pretty popular choice for buildings built in this area in the 1920s or 30s. they perfectly match my current bathroom tile (and the bathroom tile in my old apartment too)! give me several more years and one day i might have enough to tile my future bathroom in half-broken hexagons.
september 2nd, 2021
since there were some high winds and big waves last night, i went out beachcombing before work today. i still haven't gone through the haul to see what all i got, but i wanted to share something else!
when i started collecting, i put all my pieces in a big glass jar on my shelf. eventually i had collected a lot of pieces, and that one jar grew into five jars-- basic glass, warm-colored rarer glass, cool-colored rarer glass, ceramic, and neat rocks.
unfortunately, that meant a lot of my neat finds were hidden! you'd have to pick up the jars and turn them a few times to get a glimpse at just a fraction of the pieces.
so a few days ago, i decided to buy a little seashell dish and pick out all my favorites to put on display!
i'm so happy with how it turned out! i already feel like i should have gotten a bigger dish... if this is what i'm working with after only beachcombing for the past year, i can't imagine what my collection will look like a year from now. i'll also have to figure out how often to rearrange it to show off any new cool finds!
some current favorites include: the blue ceramic scene in the middle, the yellow ceramic, and the polkadot red.
september 1st, 2021
since i always take pictures of my glass hauls and have a lot to say about certain pieces, i decided to create a blog specifically for my glass finds :) this find was from a few nights ago when i was hunting with my UV flashlight. i found some small shards of green UV glass like i expected, but then i came upon this very strange orange object...
even in the dark i could tell it was a rock, but why was it glowing?! well friends, that's a mineral called flourescent sodalite. it's very common around lake superior and in the upper peninsula, so i'm surprised this little guy made it all the way to the tip of lake michigan! fingers crossed i find some bigger ones in the future~