Oh, Seaglass Collection! You glorious, frosty, glowing bunch of coastal detritus! (Detritus is just another word for "garbage", sounds fancy though huh?)
Almost every shoreline in Cape Breton has SOME pieces of seaglass mixed in with the rocks and sand. Some beaches have more of it than others do, but when you consider that all it took to make HUNDREDS of unique specimens was literally ONE bottle tossed into the ocean 50 years ago, well, it's understandable why we have so much of the stuff.
The best beaches are the ones that were handy to a dumping facility...some beaches *were* a dumping facility once upon a time!
Everyone has their own reasons for taking up the hobby of seaglass/beachglass collecting. I do it for the thrill. When I was new to collecting, I wasn't as choosy about what glass I took away from the beach as I am now. There are now only certain pieces that capture my imagination enough to keep them: thick nugget shaped "boulders" or "jellybeans", chip-free whole bottoms that resemble "cookies" or "biscuits", blue but only if it isn't sharp, any marbles; any red, orange, yellow, black-green colored glass, any well-worn pottery, and of course: any heart-shaped pieces.
I already have a lot of the more common brown, green and white colours which I like to use in my Kaleidoscopes, see-through shadow boxes, display tubes, and double-walled hurricane vase displays. The teeny tiny pieces make cute earring studs that you can mix/match, and the bigger pieces are nice hanging in a window where they can catch the light and be beautiful.
I think Seaglass is at its best when it has light shining through it or when it is arranged many pieces together, for variety.
Many collectors reluctantly confess to keeping their stash in an ice cream bucket or a ziploc bag, stashed away in their basement but this is a shame when there are SO MANY easy and affordable ways to enjoy it in the home, while still respecting its integrity and beauty.
When seaglass is displayed proudly, others can enjoy its beauty and marvel at its history too. Every piece has a story, and if you are captivated enough to research your treasures, you will start to "hear" some fascinating ones every time you beachcomb!