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At the end of March I went up to Seaham beach in County Durham to refresh my collection of sea glass, especially the special multis that Seaham is famous for. The beach is certainly a lot more picked over than the last time I went in 2013 and although I did find a few nice bits, there was an awful lot of hard hunting to get them.

Having spent a full day on the beach and driven home aching all over, I thought I was all beachcombed out for a while, and didn’t mind the (very) short spell I was allowed on Southwold beach at Easter, but then, it was a pretty good haul for ten minutes:

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A couple of weeks later we went to visit my middle one in Bangor, North Wales and happened to find ourselves mooching in Beaumaris on Anglesey with an hour to spare before our restaurant booking. Mooching on the seafront, specifically. I glanced idly at the beach and realised I had no real urge to go down and hunt. I was just telling my incredulous family this when my little one looked over the railing and announced that she could see a piece of beach pottery. Instantly refreshed, I positively scuttled down onto the beach to the accompaniment of much hilarity from my husband and daughters.

After they had finished teasing, they did at least come down and help me hunt and the hour passed happily and productively.

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The sea glass was more craft grade (I am spoilt by Seaham nuggets) but the pottery was fabulous.

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And my middle one even found me a rusty ‘thing’ which was very exciting.

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Time to turn my treasures into jewellery. First, I worked with two of my favourite pieces of the Beaumaris pottery. Beaumaris Blue:

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And Pretty Purple:

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This one has a lovely reverse side too.

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The final and very different pendant began with a piece of random organically shaped metal from somewhere which I had textured with a hammer to make a feature of the fact that the underlying copper was starting to show through. I played with arrangements of my beach treasures; pieces of wave-worn metal, pottery and glass until I found something which worked.

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‘Treasures!’ can be found here.

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Hopefully embroidery next time!

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I’d heard about the beach at Seaham in County Durham being an amazing place for sea glass and after googling some pictures and drooling heavily, I persuaded the family to take a run up the A1 a few days ago, as it was half term, to make a visit.

There was a glass factory at Seaham from the middle of the 1800s to the early part of the twentieth century and with true Victorian disregard for the environment, at the end of the day, the glass waste was poured into the sea. The resulting glass, tumbled and frosted by the waves, comes up as little nuggets on the beach.

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I’m afraid I didn’t notice much of the actual beach or surroundings – as soon as we got there my head was down, searching, and marvelling over the way the shingle and sand is dotted with little globules of glass like bubbles, most of them smaller than my little fingernail.

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I collected and collected, mostly whites, pastel aquas and greens but also metal, pottery, tumbled safety glass with the metal grille still inside and a few prized pieces of the brightly coloured glass for which the beach is famous.

 

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Dry, you lose the incredible depth and subtlety of the colours, but the frosting gives them a different beauty.

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Then I sprayed them with water…

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The wired safety glass.

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The wave worn metal.

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And the coloured beauties. Firstly, dry and frosted.

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And then wet.

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They’re only very small – the largest, the one with the big brown circle, is only about the size of a penny, but they are utterly beautiful and I can’t wait to get them incorporated into my textiles and jewellery.

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