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What kind of sea glass sticks to your tongue?

by David and Lin
(On a Pacific Ocean Beach)

What Kind of Sea Glass Sticks to your Tongue?

What Kind of Sea Glass Sticks to your Tongue?

Here's a twist in the Questions and Answers.

This is David from Odyssey Sea Glass asking a question that I can't find an answer to (after some limited research).

Lin and I were collecting sea glass a few days ago. Lin was far ahead and no one else was around.

I found a small piece of opalescent glass (has a shimmer within it like an opal), probably the heat-sensitive type of opalescent glass.

Since it was quite frosted and I wanted to see the color, I quickly put it in my mouth to wet it (not recommended, folks, but fools like me do it all the time).

Ouch! The glass stuck to my tongue so hard that it hurt to pull it loose.

Then it stuck to my lip! Wow.

I scraped and tapped it with my fingernail, thinking that somehow a piece of hard candy might have made it to the beach.

Nope, felt just like glass. It didn't feel like agate or another mineral.

I tried it again to make sure I wasn't imagining things (fools do this). Double ouch!!! Stuck to my tongue (again) and REALLY hurt to pull it loose (again)!

I was reminded of the (true) stories of getting one's tongue stuck to a frozen railroad track or flagpole. I decided not to try licking the sea glass a third time.

When I met up with Lin, I told her about it. I wanted her to test it.

Unlike me, she is not a fool and absolutely refused to lick the glass.

We headed home.

Being so unusual but of a color of other glass we had found in the past, we went through our collection and started pulling out similar glass, which we put in a small baggie.

I found that I could wet my finger, stick it in the plastic bag, and then some of the glass would stick to my finger and pull out of the rest.

The photo that you see above is the glass we found that has this quality.

Note that only a small portion of our opalescent glass does this sticking thing, and it all has a that similar almost patchy opalescent wheat color.

Now, PLEASE, someone tell us what this is!!!

Is it really glass? Or what??

David and Lin

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Aug 21, 2016
David at Oddyssey!
by: Dianne

Well, by golly! I guess I'm going to have to lick all my sea glass and see what happens! 😊

Aug 20, 2016
sticky glass
by: Shirley

Have you tried using black light to see if it is different from the other pieces?

Aug 18, 2016
Photo of glass?
by: Dianne

I can't seem to find the photo of the sticky glass.

I'd love too see what it looks like to check my glass and see if I've found any here in Souris, Prince Edward Island, Canada!


Hi Dianne,

Both my main computer and my external hard drive crashed within a few days of each other and we lost a bunch of photos.

Among them was this sticky glass. We'll have to look through our inventory here but it might be in storage back in Washington.

Anyway, no photos at this time!

David at Odyssey

Aug 18, 2016
Sticky Glass
by: Madeline

I have found three pieces of this glass now, and I was just as curious as you. I asked North Beach Treasures on Facebook, and was happy to get an answer:

"Hi Madeline,

I do recognize this glass... I think of it as yellow "sticky glass." If you touch the tip of your tongue to it, it's almost like the glass "sticks" to you.

Over the years a number of glass experts have tried it ID this stuff-- it ranges from white to orange, and sometimes looks like it has "rust spots."

Most likely, it comes from decorative glass with a gold-ish iridescent surface created when the still hot/molten glass was sprayed with a solution of silver nitrate.

I think it's fairly old-- possibly used for perfume bottles and so-called "items of virtue" in the 1920's and 1930's.

It's pretty uncommon, as sea glass goes. There isn't really much you can "do" with it, as-- as you mentioned-- it behaves "strangely."

Hope that helps!"


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