and Beachcombing on Hutchinson Island
With the Gulf Stream coming
close to our shores along with numerous natural and
artificial reefs and artifacts from the Spanish galleons
that wrecked during the 17th and 18th centuries, the beaches
of Hutchinson Island offer some of the best shelling and sea
glass hunting opportunities around. Because the beaches are
left naturally groomed by nature and not man, shell and sea
glass treasures are abundant on the shores of Hutchinson
The best time to go beachcombing for seashells and sea glass
is during low tide and after storms. It is like a
seashells, a real marine jackpot! You'll have too many to
choose from. The storms churn up the
shells and glass lying at the bottom of the ocean and low
tide leaves more beach and sandbar exposed for the hunt.
However, Iíve found that these little treasures wash up
every day on the shores of Hutchinson Island.
Cleaning your sea shells:
To clean your seashells youíll want to use a 50/50 solution
of bleach and water over night to get rid of living
organisms and barnacles and brighten them up. Now that
youíve cleaned your shells, make them shine by wiping them
with mineral oil or baby oil.
To clean a sand dollars and starfish, soak in fresh water
first. Change the water frequently until
fairly clear. Then soak in a 50/50 solution of bleach and
water for 5-10 minutes. Donít soak too much longer than that
because the bleach solution may crumble your sand dollar.
Rinse thoroughly with fresh water to remove bleach solution
then let them dry preferably in the sun.
is manmade glass that has wound up in the ocean, tumbled and
smoothed by the water and sand, creating small pieces of
smooth and beautifully frosted glass. More common colors of
sea glass include, brown, green and clear or white, originating from
beer and wine bottles, windows and old Clorox bottles.
Rare sea glass colors include red, yellow, orange sea foam
green, purple, black or dark olive green, and pink.
Originating from old boat lights, Depression glass, soda
bottles from the mid 1900ís, spirit bottles, old Vaseline
jars, whiskey and medicine bottles.
Sea glass is a rare example of a valuable item being created
from the actions of the environment on man-made litter. Many
people sell their pieces, as found or as-is or display them
in a glass jar or tumbler, while others make them into
gorgeous pieces of jewelry.
Sea Glass Jewelry
To see jewelry made from sea glass found
right here on the beaches of Hutchinson
Sea Glass Jewelry
Sea Glass Custom Orders:
Sea Glass Jewelry Designer, Samantha also
takes custom orders. So, if you've found a
very special piece of sea glass in which
you'd like to have made into a pendant,
Sea Glass Jewelry
She'll be happy to turn your find into a
special memento of your time here on
Hutchinson Island Florida.
While observing people on the beaches, my
husband and I have jokingly categorized beachcombers.
Hunchers or Stoopers: people
who walk hunched or stooped searching diligently for
shells and glass.
Toe flippers: people who donít
want to bend over and pick up the seashell but
rather flip the shell over with the toe first to see
if the shell is whole or broken.
Nonchalanterís: people walking
or strolling on the beach but will have their
eyes pealed and stop in a moments notice to pick up
the seashell or sea glass.
Those that are strictly on the
beach for exercise. Walking briskly or running and
will stop suddenly to pick up that irresistible sea
I've found myself in
all four categories! I started out with the sea shells but
now that I have a countertop piled high, I needed to move
onto something a little smaller so we don't drown in sea
shells. Now I hunt for sea glass. It's a little slower
hunt but very rewarding as I have found several of those
"rare" colors Many of the pieces found have
been made into
sea glass jewelry.
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