25 Wonderful Must Know Tips To Find Beach Glass Like A Pro

If it has sharp edges, chips or little frost, it’s unlikely to be worth much, but may still be useful for craft projects. We walk along the water’s edge as the tide is going out. Wet glass shines, making it easier to spot. Sometimes we’ll sit and sift through the shingle with our hands or a spade.

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Then firmly grasp the piece of stuck glass with one hand and the drill and bit in the other hand. Gently turn the piece of glass back and forth until it releases, being careful not to bend the drill bit.


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Unfortunately, some folks alter glass and try to pass it off as authentic sea glass. The good news is that there’s a group of glass lovers on a mission to educate other enthusiasts and prevent fakes from entering the market under false pretenses. The North American Sea Glass Association became a formal organization in 2007 and now has around 90 members. A few of their tips for avoiding fake sea glass include avoiding pieces that look a little too perfect, considering that color varies in natural pieces (so a bag of blues that all match is probably counterfeit), and minding the price. The real thing will cost more, and price depends on size and color. Visit the NASGA’s website to learn more.


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*For smaller sea glass pieces, use thinner cording. You can use slightly thicker cording on large pieces. Any comparable cording will work. However, note that I found embroidery thread too light to knot as accurately as cording.


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After living near the beaches of Lake Erie for the past 12 years and designing jewelry for over 18, I naturally became an enthusiast of collecting beach glass and transforming these “Gems of the Lake” into unique and recycled glass jewelry.


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I recommend using a Dremel brand diamond drill bit that can be purchased at the local hardware store (Dremel Diamond Point 7134). They run about $9 each but are very durable. The size of hole you desire will determine the size of bit you purchase.


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Begin by placing the piece of beach glass in the middle of the sponge and holding it down with your thumb and index finger.

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Use macrame to craft a sea glass necklace, a fun beach and summer craft for kids, tweens, or adults.


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Unfortunately for those of us seeking to find beach glass, keep in mind that removing beach glass from either location is strongly discouraged. These beaches are simply to marvel over. Take pictures. Not beach glass.


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Make sure the ends of your wire are not in a way that they can get caught on clothing or poke or scratch the wearer. Wrap in a way that the glass won’t fall out. Go across the glass instead of in line with an edge.


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After living near the beaches of Lake Erie for the past 12 years and designing jewelry for over 18, I naturally became an enthusiast of collecting beach glass and transforming these “Gems of the Lake” into unique and recycled glass jewelry.


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The sponge allows the beach glass piece to be submerged when drilling, keeping the glass temperature down to prevent shattering and also helping to wash away the glass debris.


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Unfortunately for those of us seeking to find beach glass, keep in mind that removing beach glass from either location is strongly discouraged. These beaches are simply to marvel over. Take pictures. Not beach glass.


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Anything that drills a hole can be used on beach glass: a hardware store drill, a Dremel, or a flex shaft. That said, some work much better than others. When choosing your tool, keep these safety factors in mind.


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To make your sea glass jewelry, first cut six pieces of cording, each 30 inches in length. If you are using a painted river rock instead of sea glass, I suggest using eight pieces of cording. Because sea glass is jagged, it’s easier to secure between fewer pieces of cording.


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Cassie Tweten Delaney is our Senior Editor. She loves books (including comics), comedy, and sci-fi. She’s inspired by art and science. As a former Minnesotan, she longs for an afternoon on a lake, Grain Belt in hand. The New Yorker in her is happy spending that afternoon at the American Museum of Natural History instead.

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Unfortunately for those of us seeking to find beach glass, keep in mind that removing beach glass from either location is strongly discouraged. These beaches are simply to marvel over. Take pictures. Not beach glass.


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Separate the six strands with the knot at the top of your workspace. Pair the strands into three sets of two. Tie a knot in each of the strand pairs about 1/2-inch (up to 3/4-inch for larger sea glass) from the knot at the top.


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Wire wrapping sea glass is one of the easiest places to start. The cost of tools and materials is minimal and if you make a mistake it won’t harm the glass.


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Be mindful of the size of your bail (the loop that the chain goes through). You need to make sure the chain will fit through the hole.


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Visitors can purchase beach glass and items made using beach glass as well as other coast inspired art pieces. Presenters are on hand to share their knowledge of beach glass and there are other interactive booths and activities for visitors to enjoy.


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Beach glass is difficult to drill because the structure of the glass has changed from the time spent in the water and sand. Glass must be drilled very carefully under water with a diamond bit drill. Otherwise the glass will shatter.


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I recommend using a Dremel brand diamond drill bit that can be purchased at the local hardware store (Dremel Diamond Point 7134). They run about $9 each but are very durable. The size of hole you desire will determine the size of bit you purchase.


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1. You’ll be drilling under water (more on that below). Electricity and water do not mix. Thus, if you’re working with a corded Dremel or a similar tool in which the power supply is close to the drill bit, be very cautious not to submerge your tool.


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