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    Sea glass is glass which was once in the form of bottles, jars and other objects. During the passage of many years in the sea the glass takes on new forms, forms of beauty that belie their prosaic origin. After decades or more in the sea these pieces wash up on the strandline, recycled to be the basis of beautiful jewellery, smoothed, shaped and frosted.

    The journey the glass has undertaken is one of history and mystery.  What was it originally? When was it made? How far has it travelled?  How long has it been in the sea?

     As glass is being replaced by more plastic, sea glass is becoming a diminishing source.

     Sea glass quality varies from piece to piece

    • Overall smoothness - smooth and sensuous, no jagged edges or chips
    • Frostiness of surface - frost covering the whole surface. Clear 'C' marks show that the sea glass is genuine and not machine tumbled.
    • Colour rarity -   
      EXTREMELY RARE
      orange  
      red  
      turquoise  
      yellow  
      black  
      teal  
      gray  
         
      RARE  
      pink  
      aqua  
      cornflower blue
      cobalt blue
      opaque white
      citron  
      purple/amethyst
         
      UNCOMMON
      soft green  
      soft blue  
      forest green
      lime green
      golden amber
      amber  
      jade  
         
      COMMON  
      Kelly green
      brown  
      white (clear)

                                 

    • Shape and size

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  2. One of the interesting things about finding pottery on the beach, especially if it has a pattern or letters on it, is doing a bit of research to find out what it was and where it came from. I've found two pieces (on different days) with NASSAU stamped on them and this is what I've found out.

    These pieces are parts of clay bottles once filled with mineral water, from the Duchy of Nassau. This Duchy was part of the Confederation of the Rhine, later to become the German Confederation and existed for about 60 years (1806-1866).

    The mineral water originates for a well in Niederselters/Taunus Mountains -

    *The following information is translated from Wikipedia*

    * The Well was discovered in 1536 and soon the water was said to have curative effects. In the 18th century, the water was verifiably exported to England, Scandinavia, Russia, North America and Africa. Between 1806-1866, the export of seltzer bacame the Duke of Nassau's most important source of income. *

    The bottles carrying the mineral water were made of saltglazed stoneware. Straight-sided, and circular with quite a short neck. Each jug had a single applied handle which loops from just below the base of the neck to the base of the shoulder photo to follow).

    Nassau Selter bottles carried an impressed seal with SELTERS/NASSAU around a German eagle that contains the initials, F.R., on a shiled on his chest. These bottles were a cottage industry in the Westerwald Mountains area, known as the 'jug baking land/district'.  Under the handle of each bottle is stamped the first initial of the jugmaker's location and the person's individual number.

    Because of the competition from glass container, the jug trade declined by the end of the 19th century and was reduced to 49 jugmakers by 1926.


     

     
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  3. Spent yesterday morning working on a silver bezel for a sea glass gem. Still a bit of work to do as you can see from the photo, but will get it polished up and the sea glass set and will post another photo of the finished pendant. I love these bezels they really do set the sea glass off. 004
     

     

  4. Getting ready for CRAFTfest 2013!  It's a great place to browse (and buy from) loads of craft stalls all in one place.

    All the stalls make handcrafted items, including jewellery, pottery/ceramics, art, beads and findings, soaps, gifts and accessories - the list is endless :)

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