by gwen harlow

Posts Tagged "beach glass"

Days 7, 10: Different metal and found object

Posted by on Mar 12, 2012 in craft | 0 comments

sea pottery, soldered

I got the correct tape and gave soldering another shot, on a piece of beach pottery I found on the San Francisco Bay. It is not the prettiest soldering work ever, and I am very badly burned, and I managed to use up half the spool of solder, and I couldn’t get the jump ring to stay on — maybe I should practice on something a little more regularly-shaped til I get this down.

Day 7: Use a different metal in your jewelry
Day 10: Use a found object

Fusion Beads 30 Day Bead Challenge

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Produce or produce?

Posted by on Apr 26, 2010 in photo, travel | 1 comment

Three more bits of sea glass. Are you sick of it yet? How was your weekend?

Produce!

Green stopper

Pyramid sea glass

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More sea glass

Posted by on Apr 20, 2010 in craft, photo | 7 comments

What to do with all this sea glass? I thought I’d be able to drill it but the video tutorials I’ve watched feature some fancy machinery I do not possess. I tried a wire wrap but that’s going to take a lot more practice before it’s presentable, and I’m not sure how I feel about so much of the glass being covered up anyway. I do like the sea glass chandelier I saw on flickr, but I’m a ways from having enough glass to start thinking about that. I think for now I will just admire it. Maybe I’ll pile some up in the sunnier windows of our home.

Purple sea glass

Sea pottery

April 12: Texture-y sea glass

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Date day in Hayward, the walk

Posted by on Apr 15, 2010 in photo, travel | 0 comments

Last week we had a date day and went for a walk along a path in a park along the San Francisco Bay in Hayward, California, a bit south of where we live. We were in search of a sea glass beach a friend of mine had been to. It was very windy but the sun was excellent, and the path from the parking lot at the far, far end of W. Winton Avenue is wide and paved — perfect for bikes but also nice for a leisurely stroll.

Path #1: Hayward Regional Shoreline

Near the beginning of the path is a hillside of of mustard hiding the bulldozers at the landfill on the other side.

Path #2: Bring your wheelies

It was very windy and I took a bunch of photos that were big blurs, so I cheated and had Chad try to hold the mustard still for one more shot. He’s just out of the frame here. I really like this shot so it’s big. It’s larger here.

Mustard

The path leads to what used to be a ferry landing back in ye olden times. There’s very little left except for little stubs of wood poking out of the mud.

Path #3, Hayward ferry landing

We did find a bunch of sea glass, I’m going to post those tomorrow. I will just say: there is a lot, though it is mostly not fully “cooked” [as I have seen it referred to while poking around the many sites that are devoted to sea glass, this meaning it is not as sea-tumbled as it could be and most of what we saw still has hard if not sharp edges and there are very few of the small pebbly bits that I’d like to find for jewelry purposes].

Isn’t Chad cute?

Chad, on a path

He is also eagle-eyed, he spotted this half of a robin’s egg on the path. It’s barely bigger than the end of my thumb and I never would have noticed it unless it crunched as I stepped on it.

Path #4: Robin's egg

So: there are paths along both sides of the slough but we took the wrong fork when we came back on the other side and ended up on the wrong path, which gets bushier and bushier and by the time you realize things are not as they ought, you are at a locked fence separating you from your vehicle and you have to crawl through all kinds of underbrush unless you want to walk the quarter mile back to where you should have gone to the right. It’s an adventure anyway.

Path #6: Wrong way

: : : Hayward Regional Shoreline

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Date Day: sea glass beach

Posted by on Apr 14, 2010 in photo, travel | 3 comments

The best thing I spotted on our date day at the sea glass beach in Hayward last week was an intact green bottle stopper.

Made in England/bottle stopper

p.s hi Paul, I found your dishes from when you were a boy!

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