Clear glass floats’ pure form pairs nicely with pewter, silver, or stainless.
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Clouded aqua glass recalls the color of the sea in these floats from Discovery Antiques, a shop on the Big Island in Hawaii.
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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.
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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.
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Some people hunt for shells, others for driftwood. But glass floats fascinate beachcombers intrigued by the ornamental objects’ transoceanic journey.
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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.
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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.