If you’re a beginner longing to find sea glass but don’t know where to start, you’ll enjoy this quick guide from Real Simple magazine detailing the where, when and why of sea glass collecting.
Want to increase your chances of happening upon some sea glass? Think like a historian. Since glass shards can take decades (or even centuries) to form into smooth, luminous artifacts, hit the beaches near old factories, Colonial-era settlements, or shipwrecks, such as Lake Erie, Pennsylvania; Gloucester, Massachusetts; or Fort Bragg, California, says S. Deacon Ritterbush, Ph.D., the author of The Beachcomber’s Odyssey. You should also have more luck after a storm or during a full moon, when strong tides can stir up buried treasures.What to look for: Since sea glass can be tricky to spot in the sand and rocks, walk toward a rising or sinking (not overhead) sun, so the light will glint on the pieces and they’ll stand out. read more at realsimple.com