Beach Glass and How It’s Made

May 27, 2020

Have you ever been to a local beach and found soft pieces of colored glass? That’s beach glass, and it’s one of the neatest things. But what is beach glass, and how’s it made?

Beach Glass and How It's Made from Grandpa Shorter's Gifts in Petoskey, MI

What is Beach Glass: Beach glass is smooth, often frosted in appearance, glass, that is found on the shores of beaches with the rocks.

How is Beach Glass Made: When man-made glass products like glass bottles, shipwrecks, or broken plates are tossed into the lakes. They’re tumbled in the lakes and waves like a big rock tumbler.

How Long Does Beach Glass Take to Form?: Beach glass can take 20-40 years to form its smooth edges.

Where Can You Find Beach Glass?: You can find beach glass along rivers and streams, but the best place to find it is along shores with lots of pebbles and rocks, where the water is wavy.

Rare Beach Glass Colors: Finding and bringing home your very own beach glass treasure can be fun and even more exciting when you find a rare color. Some of the more unique colors are orange, turquoise, red, yellow, black, teal, grey, pink, aqua, cobalt, and purple.

More Common Beach Glass Colors: Sea foam green, amber and green.

Most Common Beach Glass Colors: White and brown.

Check out our many beach glass necklaces below:

Beautiful blue beach glass necklace from Grandpa Shorter's Gifts in Petoskey, MI
Beautiful light green beach glass necklace from Grandpa Shorter's Gifts in Petoskey, MI
Beautiful cobalt beach glass necklace from Grandpa Shorter's Gifts in Petoskey, MI

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Beach Glass and How It's Made from Grandpa Shorter's Gifts in Petoskey, MI