Many of my pieces contain beach glass I have written a little blurb on what beach glass is.
Beach Glass is found on beaches along oceans, bays, rivers or large lakes. They are pieces of glass that have been tumbled and smoothed by the waves, water and sand, creating smooth, frosted peices of glass.
The color of beach glass is determined by its original source. Most beach glass comes from bottles, but they can also come from jars, plates, windows, and windshields.
The most common colors of glass are Kelly green, brown, and clear. These colors come from bottles used by companies that sell beer, juices, and soft drinks.
Sea foam Green – While the most common source for this lovely shade of light green glass was most likely an old Coco Cola bottle. The shades vary from a light sea foam green to yellow green, to light aqua. Transportation was difficult so many of these bottles were manufactured locally, hence the color variations in old coke bottles.
A lot of older white glass however, had a greenish tint and depending on thickness and whether bubbles are present, could be an old piece of rare glass. New glass of this shade is still used for wine bottles.
White – Beach Glass can come from just about anywhere from a new soda bottle to an old pane of glass. You can usually determine how old your white glass is by the thickness and any markings or bubbles. Many angular shapes of sea glass are white pieces (maybe because it was once window glass from a storm wrecked cottage or auto glass from off shore dumping and reef formation.)
Kelly Green-These colors come from bottles used by companies that sell beer, juices, and soft drinks. Heineken, Beck’s or Presidente beer, and 7-up bottles.
Lavenders and Pink- Many lavenders and pink beach glass come from what was originally clear glass that was clarified with magnesium (lavender) or selenium (pink). The chemicals turn lavender, over time. The sun light somehow transformed the discarded white glass into lavender. Many shades of lavender have been discovered over the years and most likely it is due to the length of time the glass was exposed to those certain circumstances. Otherwise, Lavender is only found in some specific areas in the world and in some places it is not found at all. Creating the lavender and pink colors
Jade, amber -(from bottles for whiskey, medicine, spirits, and early bleach bottles), less common.
Golden amber -or amberina (mostly used for spirit bottles) less common.
lime green– (from soda bottles during the 1960s), forest green, and ice- or soft blue (from soda bottles, medicine bottles, ink bottles, and fruit jars from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, windows, and windshields). These colors are found about once for every 25 to 100 pieces of sea glass found.
Uncommon colors A type of green, which comes primarily from early to mid-1900s Coca-Cola, Dr Pepper, and RC Cola bottles as well as beer bottles. Soft green colors could come from bottles that were used for ink, fruit, and baking soda. These colors are found once in every 50 to 100 pieces
Purple -sea glass is very uncommon, as is citron, opaque white (from milk glass),
Cobalt and cornflower blue (from early Milk of Magnesia bottles, poison bottles, artwork, and Bromo-Seltzer and Vicks VapoRub containers), and aqua (from Ball Mason jars and 19th century glass bottles). These colors are found once for every 200 to 1,000 pieces
Extremely rare colors include
Gray, (often from Great Depression-era plates), teal (often from Mateus wine bottles), black (older, very dark olive green glass), yellow (often from 1930s Vaseline containers), turquoise (from tableware and art glass), red (often from old Schlitz bottles[ car tail lights, dinnerware or from nautical lights, it is found once in about every 5,000 pieces), and orange (the least common type of sea glass, found once in about 10,000 pieces). These colors are found once for every 1,000 to 10,000 pieces collected. Some shards of black glass are quite old, originating from thick eighteenth-century gin, beer and wine bottles.
Red rubies-of the beach, might come from perfume bottles, the tail lights on old automobiles, and lanterns.