I love getting lost in Instagram, but there's something about the smell of a book and touching glossy pages full of beautiful sea glass images. Not to mention they look great on my bookshelf!
While the internet is an incredible way to share instantly, sometimes I just want to unplug and reach back into a more nostalgic way of discovering other people's sea glass adventures. I can easily get lost online, following links and getting sidetracked. With a luxurious book, however, all I can to is turn another page.
Here are some of my "haves", "wants" and "needs" from the world of sea glass books. If you need me, I'll be in my hammock!
Sea Glass Hunter’s Handbook
by C.S. Lambert
"The perfect guide for both seasoned and novice collectors, The Sea Glass Hunter's Handbook reveals how to locate the best beaches and predict optimum conditions; understand coastal access laws; determine the personal and professional value of sea glass and identify the source of individual fragments. Sea glass connects civilization and nature, often in surprising ways. This guide investigates how tiny bits of glass and ceramic have engaged generations of avid collectors throughout the world."
Coastal Crafts: Decorative Seaside Projects To Inspire Your Inner Beachcomber
by Cynthia Shaffer
"When life’s a beach . . . get crafty! Coastal Crafts carries you straight to the shore, with projects that incorporate seashells, ropes, sea glass, and a range of nautical materials and motifs. Learn how to weather surfaces, make driftwood, and cast sand. With everything from wood frames and hanging jars to decorative sailboats and a knotted necklace with shells and pearls, these beautiful items celebrate summer all year long."
Sea Glass Treasures From The Tide
by Cindy Bilbao
"We may never find message in a bottle, but most of us have fond memories of collecting beach glass. Let the images captured in Treasures from the Tide bring you back to a simpler time and the joy of discovery. This unique photo keepsake celebrates the simple beauty of found objects."
A Sea Glass Journey
by Teri Hall
"Sea glass, beach glass, sand glass, mermaids’ tears, emeralds from the deep... known by many names and coveted by beachcombers, these ocean treasures are much more than they seem. In A Sea Glass Journey, sea glass jeweller and collector Teri Hall, of PEI’s Fire and Water Creations, tells the incredible story of these jewels of the sea."
Pure Sea Glass Identification Deck
by Richard LaMotte
"The perfect tool for the curious beachcomber! Unlock the secrets in your sea-glass treasures with fascinating tips from Richard LaMotte, author of the definitive guide, Pure Sea Glass. This Card Deck shows how to follow clues of color, shape and common marks to determine the age and rarity of your sea-glass shards. Mother Nature's contribution to these refined glass gems are beautifully illustrated with Celia Pearson's fine-art photographs."
The Ultimate Guide to Sea Glass: Beach Comber's Edition: Finding, Collecting, Identifying, and Using the Ocean’s Most Beautiful Stones Paperback
by Mary Beth Beuke
"As the owner of one of the world's most elaborate sea glass collections, Mary Beth Beuke gets to talk about these prized ocean gems on a daily basis. Unfortunately, with each passing day, sea glass becomes more and more difficult to find, making the hunt more of a challenge to the seeker—especially one with limited experience in sea glass hunting."
Sea Glass Crafts: 28 Fun Projects You Can Make at Home
by C. S. Lambert
"Sea glass connects civilization and nature, often in surprising ways. And collecting sea glass and pottery shards is more popular than ever. However, beyond simply admiring their beauty, many collectors are at a loss as to just what to do with their collections. Sea Glass Crafts is filled with ideas to turn your seaside treasures into home decor--inside and out, practical and decorative, whimsical and serious. From a sea glass chandelier to a shower curtain, or a sea glass wreath to a shadowbox, sea glass expert Carole Lambert covers thirty fun and beautiful projects. Step by step directions, explanations of everything you'll need, and color photographs accompany each project. Sea Glass Crafts is the perfect book for anyone fascinated by these jewels from the sea."
The Lure of Sea Glass: Our Connection to Nature's Gems
by Richard LaMotte
"The Lure of Sea Glass includes stories people have told LaMotte about their search for meaning in sea glass. It also features poetry, quotations and artwork that transport readers into the emotional side of sea glass and inspire them to continue their quest for seaside gems.Exquisite montages of sea glass by noted museum and gallery photographer Celia Pearson beautifully illustrate the words on the printed pages.The 204-page book explores the identification of rare sea glass shards, and describes and pictures the specific characteristics of collections from 14 coastal regions throughout the United States, from Maine to Washington State, including two Great Lakes regions. It also offers additional information about identifying historic pieces from our past, and takes a thoughtful look at the future of sea glass."
Sea Glass Jewelry: Create Beautiful and Unique Designs from Beach-Found Treasures
by Lindsay Furber & Mary Beth Beuke
"Gather beautiful sea glass with its mysterious ocean-tumbled shapes and rainbow of bright hues. Add your personal creativity and some basic jewelry making techniques. Enjoy your stunning, wearable, one-of-a-kind keepsakes! With gorgeous color photographs and step-by-step instructions, this book teaches the essential skills, like drilling glass, wire wrapping, and texturing metal, to turn your beach-found bounty into attractive accessories."
Pure Sea Glass: Discovering Nature's Vanishing Gems
by Richard LaMotte
"This definitive reference for beachcombers is also a beautiful addition to any coffee table. Pure Sea Glass surveys the history of glass manufacturing, explains the weathering process that creates frosted gems from fragile shards of old glass and tableware, and offers tips on how and where to find the best pieces. More than 200 exquisite photographs bring to light the luminous beauty of authentic sea glass. Winner, 1st place for non-fiction, Writer's Digest International Self Published Books Award."
The Official Sea Glass Searcher's Guide: How to Find Your Own Treasures from the Tide
by Cindy Bilbao
"Sea glass has a particular magic. These are simply shards of old glass that have been shaped and polished by the sand and the sea. Sea glass can be found in a wide array of colors and can be simply collected or can be made into gorgeous jewlery. With a greatly enhanced ability to find these gems, The Official Sea Glass Searcher's Guide will open up a new world. And, from the comfort of your armchair, you'll be able to envision those discoveries by thumbing through Cindy Bilbao's photos that capture the essence of what is so compelling about sea glass."
Sea Glass Books on my Wishlist
Sea Glass A Photographic Journey
by Christeena Hockin-Minopetros
"A wonderful 48 page hard cover book designed for the beach house coffee table. Sea Glass A Photographic Journey will fascinate you with its beautiful photos of genuine sea glass, and wonderful quotes from sea glass collectors from around the world."
The Art of Sea Glass
by Tina Lam
"Who knew that discarded bottles and glassware could become treasures of such rare beauty? Collectors of sea glass will find much to delight their senses in this collection of photographs. Unlike most images of sea glass, which show the glass in simple arrays, these images are meticulously planned, using sea glass and other elements to create unique, mysterious, and often whimsical scenes captured on film. Paired with wonderful background information about the photos, snippets of sea glass lore, and helpful tips about finding sea glass, it’s a great addition to any sea glass library."
Journey of the Sea Glass
by Nicole Fazio
"What happens to sea glass between the time it falls into the sea and it washes up on the beach? This charming and inventive book explores a possible course of events, tracing a Coca-Cola bottle that is dropped overboard from a ship near the turn of the 20th century, only to have a fragment of it discovered on a beach by a young girl decades late. Over time, the bottle has been influenced by waves, currents, the sea floor, and sea creatures, all pictured in lush full-color illustrations. With no words, the story is related completely through the images, allowing children and adults alike to fully immerse themselves in the artwork without the distraction of text."
A Passion for Sea Glass
by C. S. Lambert
"Some people's passion for sea glass goes beyond collecting―they use it to create something of beauty. Carole Lambert, author of Sea Glass Chronicles, gives us entree into the studios of those who do everything from gathering and amassing sea glass mulch for landscaping to designing stained-sea-glass windows. This volume will arouse a renewed sense of wonder in those who already possess a passion for sea glass and win legions of new sea-glass devotees."
Of Love and Sea Glass: Inspirational Quotes and Treasured Gifts From the Sea
by Donald Verger
"Of Love Sea Glass showcases and celebrates the small and silent world of sea glass, tempting our imagination, returning us to a sense of wonder, love and delight. Illuminated by artful images, the book's inspirational quotes honor the wisdom of those who've gone before us and can guide the way. Each page unfolds in a provocative visual display of sea glass designs, leading the reader to consider what may be possible when we, too, allow the forces of nature to temper our hearts and souls."
Sea Glass Chronicles
by C. S. Lambert
"Leads the reader through the worlds between the tides, with tales of the origins of each shard, whether glass or ceramic. It tells about the different pieces of glass and antique shards you are likely to find on the beach along with the regular broken bottle pieces. It shows some beautiful pieces the writer has found with great pictures to go with it. The writer also described the history of the pieces. Some examples of pieces found were Fiesta ware, old clay pipes, frozen charlottes, Blue Willow, ABC pottery, Mocha ware, and glass stoppers to name a few."
Sea Glass Hearts
by Josie Iselin
"Beachcombers the world over treasure sea glass—the shards of broken glass that are tumbled by the waves into smooth, pebblelike forms. They know which colors are common (green and brown) and which are unusual (black, yellow, red, and, especially, orange) and they can often identify the age and origin of a specimen. On rare occasions, sea glass takes the shape of a heart, the universal symbol of love. In Sea Glass Hearts, Iselin assembles an inspiring collection of these precious objects that are free for the taking—if you are lucky enough to find them!"
Sea Glass: Rare and Wonderful
by C. S. Lambert & Tina Lam
"Recognized expert on sea glass, C.S. Lambert guides readers through her personal collection, revealing the fascinating true stories of each piece’s origin. Lambert shares the story behind the design of vintage bottles, the hidden purpose of mysterious pieces of sea glass, and the history of china patterns and ceramic dolls. She also shares some of the rarest specimens of sea glass, for some of which there are only one or two pieces known to be in existence. It's a treat for sea glass aficionados everywhere."
Sea Glass Seeker
by Cindy Bilbao
"Sea glass ― shards of old glass that have been shaped and polished by the waves ― can be found in a wide array of colors and can be simply collected or made into gorgeous jewelry. Sea Glass Seeker will open up a new world for those on the hunt for these unique treasures, teaching you where to go, when to go, what to look for, and more. This unique guide is beautifully illustrated with Cindy Bilbao's photographs capturing the magic of sea glass."
The Sea Glass Rush
by Bev Jacquemet
"Bev Jacquemet's photography in "The Sea Glass Rush" is a visual celebration of the world's most spectacular ocean tumbled Sea Glass. This beautiful coffee table photography book features the rare art sea glass from Davenport, California. Also featured are photos of Glass Beach, Fort Bragg, CA, and other spectacular beaches along the Northern California Coast. Turn each page and imagine the excitement of the hunt, the thrill of the score, and appreciate the alluring beauty of the unique discoveries."
Sea Glass Summer
by Heidi Jardine Stoddart
"Molly loves searching for sea glass at Gram's cottage. Each morning after breakfast and tea, they wander the beach together, searching under driftwood, between pebbles and in the surf for these ocean treasures. That is, until the day the moving truck comes. Suddenly Molly finds herself spending autumn, winter and spring in a faraway city. When a surprise parcel arrives from Gram, Molly wishes with all her might for another sea glass summer. Will her wish come true?"
Santa Cruz Sea Glass, the Story Behind the Treasure
by Krista Hammond
"This lovely book showcases the best of exotic sea glass. Written by Krista Hammond in conjunction with Lundberg Studios of Davenport, Calif, "the story behind the treasure" gives context to the unique beach glass found off the coast of Davenport. The straight forward language of the text delves into the history behind each piece of sea glass, with delightful anecdotes along the way of how each piece was found. Paul Keitz has photographed the source art glass that was hand blown in Lundberg Studios before it was smoothed and tumbled by the ocean-to illustrate the full life-cycle of how local art glass has become sea glass. The book captures prized Lundberg pieces in what is perhaps the world's best collection of Davenport sea glass."