Do you sand down or round off the edges of the glass?
No, the glass is in its natural state, just the way it was found when it washed up on the beach. The edges are rounded off naturally by the natural action of the water and sand, and also aided by the chemical reaction of the high PH sea water and the lime in the glass.
Where does the glass wash up?
Sea glass washes up on beaches all over the world. Any beach that is near an old dump site, or even where a community was, will have some pieces of glass wash up. Years ago, before plastic, a common practice was to dig a hole in the sand and bury your garbage. Garbage back in those days was many glass items. Sometimes garbage was just plain dumped in to the ocean. Over years, the glass was broken in to fragments, then polished smooth by the ocean.
How do you find it?
Pretty simple, we walk the beach, see a piece of polished glass and pick it up!
***Beware that beach combing is not legal in all states or provinces. You need to know the regulations of the place you are visiting. Some governments maintain that items that wash up on the beach are artifacts that should remain for other generations to see. We collect all our sea glass in a legal manner.***
Where do you gather sea glass?
Almost all of our glass comes from the Northern Peninsula of Newfoundland, however we do have some glass from Vancouver Island and the Great Lakes. It is hard to walk a beach and not search for glass.
Do you create custom items for customers?
Yes, occasionally a customer will ask for something specific and we will do our best to make something that pleases them.
How do you make holes in the glass?
Carefully! We do drill pieces for bookmarks, key chains, pendants and sometimes earrings. We use a Dremmel glass and tile bit and carefully drill through one side of glass then flip it over and finish through the other side. This process prevents a ‘blow out’ on one side of the piece. It takes time and bits are very expensive, which is why we don’t use our most favorite pieces for drilling.
How do you paint the pieces?
We use an acrylic paint and paint the scene, first from the back side, then the front. When dry we use a triple glaze spray to coat and seal the pieces. Keep in mind that these are pieces of ART, not something that you can throw in a washing machine or kitchen sink! Each pieces takes time to plan, paint and cure.