Welcome to The Strandline blog! A place to find out about all things beachy, news, products, places ....
Today I have been making sea glass and suede wrap bracelets for my summer collection. The bracelets are made with 3mm faux suede or suede and sea glass in a variety of colours and beach pottery mainly in blue and white. These bracelets will make you stand out and highlight your individual style, perfect for Spring/Summer.
Just added a new project to my website in the shape of solid sterling silver cast seashells. The seashells have been cast from shells I found on my local beach and are a wonderful addition to your Spring Summer look!
Top shell (similar to a periwinkle)
On the bench today. Sea glass pendants - bezels cut and ready to solder.
The Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) put on a fabulous show last night here in Northumberland. Photo A.S. Gilbertson
Had a very busy week with Valentine's Day coming up and was looking forward to sea glass hunting today and look what happened :(
Should I brave it?
I just love the beach and everything about it and I try to capture some of the moments of my favourite and local beach - Warkworth Beach in my photos. Most days when I go to the beach collecting sea glass or should I say searching for sea glass as sometimes there isn’t any, I take my camera (just in case). I’ve posted some of the images on Facebook and many people have messaged me to say they love them so I thought to get them to a wider audience I would set up a shop on Zazzle.co.uk and I’ve named it TheStrandlineArt.
If you want to know - What is Sea Glass? then this is the book for you.
Last Christmas I received a fabulous book – The Ultimate Guide to Sea Glass by Mary Beth Beuke.
As the owner of one of the world's most elaborate sea glass collections, Mary Beth Beuke gets to talk about these prized ocean gems on a daily basis. Unfortunately, with each passing day, sea glass becomes more and more difficult to find, making the hunt more of a challenge to the seeker--especially one with limited experience in sea glass hunting. There are several reasons why the hunt is so important to the sea glass seeker. Some find their Zen moments in the solitude and beauty of the hunt. Some collect to add color to their life. The history, mystery, and discovery of sea glass are also strong forces that draw collectors to shorelines around the world, looking for these pieces of physically and chemically weathered frosted glass. Whatever your reason for wanting to learn about and start your own collection of sea glass, the window for doing so is closing as pieces are becoming more elusive due to a growth in sea glass popularity and a decrease in recent glass bottle production. In The Ultimate Guide to Sea Glass, Beuke provides information that will help first-time seekers start new collections and veteran hunters learn more about their current sets. Beuke shares her experiences in gathering her own collection via photographs of vibrant and rare pieces, as well.
Click on the book cover to go to Amazon - you'll be pleased you did :)
Hello from a very chilly Northumberland! I'm off to the beach soon (collecting sea glass) brrr!, but before I go I thought I'd have a Sunday morning browse on Pinterest. Have you heard of Pinterest? Ooooh! it's great, images of everything you can think of, but you won't get any work done once you are on there :) Anyway, I found this wonderful pic of a sea glass and driftwood Christmas tree that I thought I'd share with you. Looks easy to make, so I'll have a go when I get back, you could let me know if you make one and I'll post it on here too :)
Click on the pic to go to the instructions.
I know what will happen now, I'll be bringing a great bag of driftwood back from the beach - better not forget about the sea glass!!
If you check out Pinterest you could pop over to my page 'The Strandline' and give me a 'follow' :)
On a routine radar training exercise last weekend, the crew from St Catherine's Lifeboat Crew were lucky enough to be joined by a pod of dolphins!
Oooh! Lots of drilling and soldering been going on in my workshop. Soldering the silver jump rings when they are inserted in the glass is a pretty tricky job, could have done with four hands, but it means - no more lost charms - they're finished - 6 sterling silver belcher chain and sea glass charm bracelets - pretty! They look equally good when worn alone or when stacked with other bracelets.
Went for my daily walk along the beach - not a lot to see - quite eerie :)
Warkworth Beach - looking north
Looking out to sea
Such a wonderful place!
The Strandline on any beach is a wonderful place, but having Warkworth beach as my local beach I suppose I am biased :)
The Strandline.co.uk takes it’s name from the real strandline, the line on the beach where the turning tide leaves bits and pieces that have washed up on the waves. The shingle beds where I find most of my sea glass occur along the strandline and on the beach just behind it. But it’s not only glass and discarded pottery that washes up on the strandline, the most obvious debris to be found there are the natural products of the sea, dislodged sea weeds, crab shell, mermaids purses, beautiful shells of razor clams, limpets, mussels and other molluscs and also natures own jewels quartz pebbles of rare agate, jasper, onyx and other minerals amongst the mounds of limestone and sandstone pebbles.
“The Strandline” what better name could there be for something that makes beautiful jewellery from stranded pieces and distributes them “online”.
I had a fabulous walk along the beach today, mainly to collect sea glass, but also for the serenity.
One minute of serenity
If the video has an error message please check back later - thanks, Maureen
Warkworth Beach looking south
Warkworth Beach looking north
Sea glass found today - some pretty pieces, love the tiny blue piece :) Now I really must get on and make some jewellery!