Finding Floats

Silver Lining

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Silver Lining

Clear glass floats’ pure form pairs nicely with pewter, silver, or stainless.

Sea Shades

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Sea Shades

Clouded aqua glass recalls the color of the sea in these floats from Discovery Antiques, a shop on the Big Island in Hawaii.

Made in the Shade

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Made in the Shade

Mix a variety of shades and sizes in a simple bowl for an elegant coffee table display. Colors range from blues, greens, browns, and golds to perfectly clear.

Form Follows Function

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Form Follows Function

Their form (often spherical but sometimes shaped like pears or rolling pins) and colors (ranging from clear to watery blues and greens) make them ideal for coastal home accents.

Finders Keepers

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Finders Keepers

Some people hunt for shells, others for driftwood. But glass floats fascinate beachcombers intrigued by the ornamental objects’ transoceanic journey.

World Travelers

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World Travelers

Many people associate floats with Asian fishing traditions because strong Pacific currents pull loose floats from Japanese fishing lines all the way to the Western Hemisphere and onto beaches from Hawaii to Alaska. But other cultures, from Scandinavia to Russia, also use them.

Symmetry On Display

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Symmetry On Display

The symmetry of glass floats makes them ideal for display. These artistic versions by Pyromania Glass Studio in Newport, Oregon, pay homage to traditional glass floats.

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