Sea Glass Sparkles at Santa Barbara Sea Glass Festival

KYLIE PRESTON-MENDOZA

Staff Writer

What is Sea Glass? Sea Glass is just regular glass that was thrown into the ocean and for years it was smoothed by the sand and the waves and eventually it ends up on the beach. One can easily find beautiful whites, greens, or browns pieces, but where does someone find the reds, oranges, or purples?

If going sea glass hunting doesn’t sound exciting, seaglass can easily be bought at the Sea Glass Festival. The Sea Glass Festival was September 8-9 and it was a blast! The festival is held every year typically in September or August at Earl Warren Showgrounds. It was an enjoyable event, where vendors sold their sea glass creations and books. There were even lectures on how to find sea glass and the history of sea glass.

“The Sea Glass Festival is a great place to meet people who love the beach and who love finding trash turned into treasure,” said Kristi Scott publisher of Glassing, a sea glass magazine.

Sea glass hunting is a very interesting hobby, and it can get competitive, but it is really relaxing after a long day of hunting to look at all the treasures gathered and sorted after a long day of work. When sea glass hunting it would be best to go when the tide is low or after a storm. Rocky beaches are really nice for hunting, but sadly, most of those beaches are up north. Santa Barbara, has nice sea glass, but the probability of getting colors rarer than blue or red is very low. Loon Point and Goleta Beach are some beaches near Santa Barbara and are very beautiful places to find lovely pieces of sea glass. Hunting in the early morning is also a good way to find the freshly washed up pieces.

“You can find sea glass at night by shining a flashlight,” said freshman Triston Gorin.

Since glass has been around for a very long time its style has changed many times. The older the glass the better, but some glass, even though it might not be as old, can be extremely rare, like a multi colored piece of glass, or a marble. Rarity charts can be unreliable, it is really what one thinks, but here is my rarity chart:

Extremely Rare:Multi-colored, Orange, Yellow, Turquoise, UV, Black, Gray.

Rare:Red, Cornflower Blue, Teal, Aqua Blue, Pink, Amethyst, Citron.

Uncommon:Blue, Lime, Seafoam/Mint, Amber.

Common:Green, Brown, White.

“My favorite color of sea glass is green,” said senior Jana Gonzalez.

Everyone who collects seaglass has their own favorites.

Sea glass hunting is a really fun hobby and, incredible things can be made from the bits and pieces that a hunter discovers.

 

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