WHAT IS SEA GLASS?

Sea glass is any glass that has found its way to the ocean where a combination of powerful surf, sand, and stone naturally tumble smooth and frost glass shard pieces into ocean-tumbled sea glass jewels.  In most cases the glass originates from glass products that were thrown away, and from ship wreckages and trash dumps located near the coast where the debris has spilled into the sea. 

Genuine sea glass is ocean-tumbled for decades and even centuries, and considered a rare "found" object with natural imperfections.  Many pieces are vintage or antique depending on the age of the glass and can be valued in the same manner as any antique glass. The value of genuine sea glass varies based on color, size, thickness, quality, and age.

 

WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR SEA GLASS?

We personally hand-collect our sea glass on Oahu and in Northern California and we source only genuine ocean-tumbled sea glass from trusted vendors in Japan and the Caribbean.  We only use genuine surf-tumbled sea glass - never machine-altered in any way - and we strive to use high quality pieces in all our products.

 

DO YOU BUY SEA GLASS?

Yes! We buy {only} genuine surf-tumbled sea glass, please contact us for more info.

 

WHY ARE BLUES SO EXPENSIVE AND WHAT DETERMINES THE COST/VALUE OF YOUR MOBILES?

Blue sea glass – in all shade variations – is the most popular color request we receive.  It is also one of the most rare sea glass colors and hardest to find. This drives up the value and price of blue sea glass (and other rare colors). This is why you’ll often see a price difference between two similar mobiles in our listings.  Mobiles made with blue sea glass are always priced higher.  This Sea Glass Rarity Chart from West Coast Sea Glass shows the rarity of sea glass colors.  

The cost and value of our mobiles is based on color of sea glass, number + size of pieces, and time involved.  The rarer the color of sea glass, the higher the cost. The number of pieces used and the size of those pieces becomes a time and value factor. The more pieces used increases the amount of time it takes to make a mobile; and the larger pieces are not as plentiful and harder to find (for all colors). Because it takes roughly the same amount of time to tie one small piece of glass as it does one large piece, but the larger pieces are not as common, you’ll see a mobile containing more small pieces priced the same as a mobile with less pieces that are larger.

We do our best to strike a balance between the time and value factors with this. The additional time involved for each piece varies but always includes: time spent beachcombing for materials, sorting and organizing the sea glass, design arrangement, stringing sea glass, driftwood selection, sanding, drilling, and tying driftwood, knotting and attachment, photographing and listing on our website, and carefully packaging the mobiles for shipping - it's a time-intensive process and a labor of love! :)

 

HOW DO I CARE FOR MY MOBILE?

Our mobiles are handcrafted from found objects and meant to retain their natural rustic look & quality. On rare occasion a piece of sea glass or twine may become loose and need to be re-secured. You can do this easily with any clear type of super glue. To keep your sea glass clean and glistening over time you can use any glass cleaner (applied to a towel first) and a small amount of mineral oil rubbed on your fingers then rubbed on each piece sparingly, wiping off excess with a towel. The very frosty, high quality pieces will have a frosted whiter surface appearance without oil and their color will pop more with the oil. The different look is a personal preference. If you find you don’t like the look of the oil, you can always remove it with glass cleaner.  We oil all of our pieces so the sunlight can make the colors glisten and dance :)

Sea glass is equally as fragile as any glass.  If it is dropped or a hard surface it can break, so handle with care!

 

WHAT IS THE LIFE OF MY MOBILE?

One of our favorite things about our sea glass mobiles is that you're also receiving a beautiful collection of genuine ocean-tumbled sea glass - like two gifts in one!  If you ever tire of your mobile, it can be pulled apart with some minimal “crafty” effort and the glue spots on the sea glass pieces can be gently filed away with a fine sand paper. You then have a lovely collection of sea glass to repurpose or simply enjoy!

 

HOW ARE YOUR MOBILES REPURPOSED, RECYCLED & UPCYCLED?

Our mobiles are primarily made from objects we (or others) find on the beach – driftwood and sea glass. They are repurposed and upcycled because the glass is no longer being used for its intended purpose (it was originally a bottle or plateware, etc), and we are “repurposing” it – giving it a new purpose by turning it into home décor. Additionally, the mobiles are “upcycled” in their new purpose because they are given an increase in value (aesthetically and monetarily), meaning the glass is worth more in its new form.  These terms are used interchangeably and can be confusing. There are a lot of definitions out there, but we found this to be the most clear and simple:

Recycled: Used again and value remains unchanged
Repurposed: Used again but with a new purpose
Upcycled: Used again, with a new purpose, and with greater value than its original state

 

WHERE CAN I FIND MORE INFORMATION ABOUT SEA GLASS?

The following are great resources:
North American Sea Glass Association  //  Sea Glass Journal  //  West Coast Sea Glass  //  Richard LaMotte’s Book, Pure Sea Glass //  C.S. Lambert’s Book, A Passion for Sea Glass  //  Mary Beth Beuke’s Book, The Ultimate Guide to Sea Glass