A Touch of Glass
Sea glass products bring the beauty of the ocean into your home.
Sea glass shards have intrigued beachcombers for decades, andwhile the real thing is becoming more difficult to find, purchasingsea glass has never been easier.
When decorating your home with the beautiful gems, first decideif you want only genuine sea glass or if you don't mind imitationpieces (produced with rock tumblers and acid baths). Imitation seaglass abounds on the Web, while authentic pieces are harder tofind; however, a few sources sell it by the pound (see "SeaGlass Resources"). True sea glass enthusiasts can attend theannual NorthAmerican Sea Glass Festival in Santa Cruz, California, to findone-of-a-kind products ( seaglassassociation.com).
Whatever the source, here are a few suggestions for displayingthese treasures of the sea.
Jars of Glass. If your collection is large, or if you havepurchased sea glass online by the pound, fill old mason jars withthe same colors of glass. One Web site, maineseaglassworks.com,sells mason jars with both tea lights and sea glass.
Pretty Pavers. Place small bits into round concrete steppingstones for your garden or create a mosaic backsplash in yourkitchen using lots of colorful shards. Choose one unique piece tohang in a window and the sea glass will act like a prism.
Coastal Centerpiece. Turn your table into a conversationpiece. Fill a shallow glass bowl with large pieces of sea glass,then place different-size pillar candles or votives throughout theglass.
A Bright Light. Large collections look beautiful displayedin the clear, glass base of a lamp. Pottery Barn sells empty basesperfect for this kind of project. Add beach sand to the bottom ofthe lamp base for another creative touch.
Beach Baubles. Take your sea glass to a local jeweler orshop at bytheseajewelry.com forunique accessories. See below for other Web sites.
Colors of the Rainbow. Use sea glass colors to add coastalflair to your home (see "FeelingBlue"). Or purchase home products such as plates and fabricsinspired by the natural beauty of sea glass. Vivaterra.com has seaglass-inspired plates and lamps.