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Sea Glass Marble

by David Schneider
(Lost in the Ozone, USA)

Sea Glass marble WB
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~ submitted Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Wow, Lin did it again! This is the fourth marble she has found, and I haven't found one.

She found it at West Beach (Whidbey Island, WA) yesterday.

Carla, a friend on Whidbey Island, threw a couple of hundred marbles (had belonged to her father) out on the beach there a few years ago. Although she is an avid collector and logs many mile of beach combing (this beach runs about 5 miles), the last time we had talked to her about marbles, she said she had never one since.

This sea glass marble and two of the other three were probably of that batch, being "cat-eye" marbles.

The fourth sea glass marble Lin had found was a lot more worn and a solid white with a some blue running through it and apparently was a lot older.

I think women are better beach combers than men, but I'd like some comments on it from your point of view.

  • Are you male?

  • Have you noticed that the females of our race are more avid/greedy when looking for small pretty things?

  • Or am I making excuses?

Let me know. Meantime, I'm going out with a flashlight after Lin's asleep and I'm going to find marbles... lots of them.... right.

Keep on keepin' on, and enjoy yourself while you're at it.

~ David Schneider here at OdysseySeaGlass.com

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Jun 20, 2012
copy of sea glass marble picture
by: Anonymous

Dear Davis Schneider,

How can I secure a copy of your sea glass marble picture displayed on this website?


Answer: Thank you for asking about this.

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Dec 26, 2011
help identify my marbles
by: darryl

i was hunting mushrooms in central Illinois last april. in a small run off from a hill to a small creek,i found a couple of marbles in the water.

i dug in the water about 12or18 inches and kept finding marbles.some had an ore buildup almost an inch long.

a lot have impressions of other marbles imbedded in them. they vary in size. there are only 5 colors on them.white red blue green purple.the color is only on the outer most edge of the marbles.

when you get them wet you can see thru them,and they dry back foggy.when we get heavy rains i find new ones on top of the stream. they must be in a cavern in the hill.

my friend and i have about 900 of them now.we probably wont get anymore till spring thaw and rains.

i have shown these marbles to dozens of collectors. no one can tell me what they are. they look like sea marbles,but in central illinois!

i have 2 in a lab to be carbon dated and have the color analized. ishould have that report back by jan 10,2012.i will talk to anyone who has ideas about them.my e mail is----

love2racefast267 *at* yahoo.com

i really need some help to figure these out. i know that i will find more because they have definitely been surfacing for many many many years.

if you are interested please contact me.

Jul 27, 2010
A treasure trove of sea glass marbles in Hong Kong
by: Marianne

After reading over a year ago about sea marbles I decided to go and hunt on the beach five minutes walk away from my flat.

We overlook a shipping channel and this beach is rarely visited as there is no sand.

I am now the proud owner of 51 sea marbles of different sizes and colours and some are very battered.

I have been looking now for about six months. This is a fun hobby but is hard on the eyes and at 50 gives me a fair degree of backache!!

The best time to head there is after a storm or an exceptionally low tide when I can find them lodged between rocks - it helps if they are wet as I can then see the coloured part in the middle.

I am sure that they were used as ships ballast and probably are sitting on the bottom of the sea waiting to be churned up.

Jul 23, 2010
Woman Better Than Men at Finding Seaglass
by: Brandon

OK, I hate to admit it... but my girlfriend is 10x better at finding seaglass than I am.

In my defense, her vision is much better; she can walk quickly standing with her back straight, not hunching over at all and spot em'.

I, having a bad back, use the sit down method (where I sit down and play in my area for a while and dig until I find something).

Dec 18, 2009
Is it rare to find beach marbles?
by: Daveo

Hi I was wondering, I am new to collecting sea glass, on the beach I visit I find on average two beach marbles per beach visit(about 45min of slow walking). Is this rare? Have I found a good beach? Thanks.

Sep 08, 2009
Carla's Marbles
by: David

I just had to mention this, Carla...since your marbles turn up every once in a long while, how about busting up some red, yellow, and orange glass and tossing it out there for us?


David and Lin

Jun 30, 2009
Sea glass Marbles
by: Rachel

I found my very first marble last week. :) It is beautifully frosted with no chips. It is a super pretty shade of green too- my favorite color. I could barely believe it when I saw it.

Jun 16, 2009
by: Carla

Do you suppose that it could be one of the marbles that I tossed out at the beach a few years ago? How cool is that!

I'm almost positive it is, Carla!!!!

David (editor)

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Many thanks to you both for your time and insight!

I love your page. It's been a great resource in my hunting!

All Best, Amanda in Connecticut

Hi David,

I received your sea glass hearts and I LOVE them all.

Thank you so much for sending the extra hearts.

I was so touched by your thoughtfulness and I appreciate you sharing these special gifts from the sea! Hope to see more of your sea glass soon!

Thanks again,


Hi David,

Just wanted to tell you thank you for the monthly sea glass newsletter. I love it, and look forward to it.

Thanks again to you and your wife.


Hi David,

I just wanted to let you know I appreciate receiving my sea glass order so quickly.

Love the flowers, wave crest & rare pastels and the little extra surprise....you made my day!!


I am so fascinated by sea glass - I can’t believe at 70 I found a new hobby.

Thanks for the opportunity to search and read up on this!


Your site made me so happy tonight! Why?

Many happy memories swirled back into my mind when I saw your pictures. I spent my childhood on the beaches of Cape Cod and we spent many happy hours looking for sea glass."


It is a pleasure and refreshing to meet people in the sea glass community that are willing to share! I got some great tips from your site. It was wonderful not to spend my entire vacation looking for a beach. Thanks again!

Maryanne K.W.

Hi David and Lin.

Love your sea glass web site. I enjoy your picture of the month and intend on winning at least once.

I have been collecting and creating things from sea glass for over twenty years. I find my sea glass on the beautiful shores of Lake Erie in Cleveland Ohio.

Thank you for sharing your treasures with me. Yours truly,

Cathy Lincks

What an AWESOME site! I love reading about it, looking at all of your pictures, and planning my next vacation to the perfect beach.

Keep up the great work!


I’m a new subscriber to your newsletter and I love it!


Hi David,

Just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate your newsletters.

I never even knew about sea glass before 2 years ago, now of course I'm hooked, love it, just love it.


Hi David and Lin - I love your website! Thank you for sharing info...


Hi David. Its Bill and Joan Laverick, Durham City, North East of England. We love reading your posts. Keep up the good work!

Bill & Joan

I soo look forward to reading your blogs.

Jacqueline Giguere

Just wanted to let you know (since you were so helpful) that I won a blue ribbon (1st place) in Gifford Middle School Science Fair in the category of Environmental Science with my topic - Effect of a Florida Tidal Inlet on Wrack Line Sea Glass Volume.

Now, I will compete in the Regional Science Fair which will take place on Feb 2nd. My mom and dad and I had a lot of fun searching for sea glass.


Mary Hyde

I am beginning to be a typical sea glass hunter - always looking for fun places to find glass!

I think your site is great - very informative - thanks for the time and effort you put into it.


I am beginning to be a typical sea glass hunter - always looking for fun places to find glass!

I think your site is great - very informative - thanks for the time and effort you put into it.


I love your email newsletters. I am 77 and try to get "glassin" whenever anyone will take me to the beach!! :-))

P. Paul

Hi David

Just wanted to tell you thank you for the monthly sea glass newsletter. I love it, and look for ward to it.

Thanks again to you and your wife,

Judi Weber

Hi David and Lin!

I SO enjoy you newsletter! Please forward it to my sister. I've got her hooked on the beauty of sea glass!

Thanks in advance! Happy foraging.

Joan D

Hi David and Lin,

I have shared your website with my other sea glass fanatic friends over the last couple of years and they love it as much as I do.

Yours is my favourite website of all time and the very best website I've seen for everything sea glass.

I can lose myself for hours in your website. Dangerous place!

Anne O, Toronto

Thanks so much for the information.

I visited Carbon Beach today.

Very small and few people but a nice supply of glass just as you stated.



Hi Lin and David,

I have come to sea glass via my shell collecting and am finding it very addictive too. Last year I found a glass bottle stopper which was a thrill.

I really enjoy the newsletter and can easily spend an evening getting lost in the stories and comments.


Anne Cram

Just wanted to thank you for all of your helpful information.

The sea glass community is filled with people who guard their secret beaches so it is refreshing to see that there are people who are willing to share.

It's so useful for those of us that don't live near a beach and travel to find our glass.

The information posted here lets us spend more time enjoying our adventure rather than wasting time looking for a great spot

Thanks again,

Anonymous Viewer

Gee, my heart races when I hear about all these marvelous finds.

Kudos to this wonderful site and for those who share their finds.

You've got a friend in me,

Norma Myrphy

I love your site, thanks for all the wonderful info.

I'm looking forward to my new hobby and participating in your odyssey Seaglass forum.



David & Linda,

So wonderful to have crossed paths with you and thanks for sharing your expertise on sea glass along with your wonderful website.

Ann & I have caught your infectious seaglass fever! Hope to cross paths again soon.

Happy and safe traveling!

Richard C. Wong · Portland, Oregon

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