There are seaglass treasures to be found on Prince Edward Island. Whether you call them beach glass or sea glass is up to you. Some say beach glass is found on freshwater beaches and seaglass on saltwater beaches. Since There are no large lakes in PEI suitable to the tumbling process, all glass you find here is therefore sea glass.
The most common colours are clear (white) and green. Although we often say white for colour, do not confuse clear glass with white glass. In antique store you may find white glass cups, vases, and other ornaments. If you find a piece on the beach, at first glance it may look like porcelain or sea shell, but a closer inspection would reveal white glass. I am not fortunate enough to have found a piece but I know they exist somewhere.
Sometimes, it is the “other stuff” you find that is interesting. In this picture you see a pottery handle, probably from a mug. There is also a glass ring top, probably a stopper fro a vinegar jar or perhaps a perfume bottle. Always be on the lookout for unusual items. It may be interesting to research your find.
Sometimes it is about the colours. On this FIND, I have some light green, some light blue, and a dark blue piece . . . and I found these on the same beach in about half an hour.
Sometimes it is about the quality rather than the size. These pieces are all very small – none bigger than two peas in a pod. However, the quality and clarity are amazing. I need to find a use for very small pieces liek this – it would be a shame to waste them.
So how do you find sea glass? First you need to be patient. Visit a beach just before low tide. That is when you have the greatest area to search. Sometimes the glass is right in the middle of a sandy area. Other times, you will find glass wedged between rocks; some you may see going one way and not in the opposite direction. So remember to sweep in various directions. All beaches are likely to yield sea glass although some more consistently than others. Did I say be patient? If you find nothing in the first 5 minutes, change your tactic. Walk more slowly, look in different angles. Polarized sunglasses sometimes help; other times you will do better with the glasses off.
So come to PEI, explore our beaches and look for treasures from the sea.