Campfire Glass or Something Else?..

by Jessica
(Mayetta, NJ)

Campfire Glass?

Campfire Glass?

Is this sea glass or...???

These pieces were all found during one day at the beach.

I have read about campfire glass but these pieces do not have black specs in them like most campfire glass does.

The colors are gorgeous and the crazy ridges and bumps give the glass an awesome look.

Just curious if anyone knows what kind of glass it is and if it has a 'proper' identification.

Thanks! -Jessica 

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Dec 27, 2016
Is this sea glass?
by: David and Lin

For more information on how to recognize sea glass, please read the whole page at

Happy hunting!d

David and Lin at Odyssey Sea Glass

Oct 23, 2015
Burn baby Burn
by: Seaglassdog

yes my dear, what you have there is Bonfire seaglass that was melted in a fire and that green piece you show might even be Vaseline glass...try putting that piece under a Blacklight and see if it reacts or glows a UV Neon Yellow-Green...The reason this type of glass glows is due to the addition of Uranium Dioxide in the glass...But don't worry the amount is far from harmful!!......Nick

Oct 23, 2015
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Sep 03, 2014
Melted and Cooled
by: Jackson

It looks like it is bonfire glass.

When the glass in a campfire gets really hot, it melts.

Then, to put the fire out, the camper will throw a bucket of water on it.

The quick cooling of the glass causes it to contract rapidly and the result is like what you see in the photo.

So I'm almost positive that what you have found is bonfire glass that has been cooled very quickly.

Feb 20, 2013
Camp Glass...
by: Rachel

If I had to guess I would say that bumpy piece came from a very thick piece of glass that was then worn randomly by the sand and waves.

Aug 18, 2010
by: Jessica

I found these pieces in Fortescue, NJ.

It's a little far from my house, (about an hour and a half) but I usually have some luck there.

Aug 17, 2010
Campfire glass I found
by: sandee

i have found about two bits like this to.i love them

Aug 16, 2010
Campfire Glass
by: Jinny Bishop

Since I am new here, I have no idea what campfire glass looks like, but I really do like those pieces that you found.

Where in New Jersey?

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Is any of this SEA GLASS?

by Kayla Y.
(Newton Falls, OH)

Is there some sea glass in this photo?

Is there some sea glass in this photo?

Hi, I recently went to visit my boyfriend on his marine base in NC and I was wondering if I actually found sea glass or just some nice pebbles. :-)

I know most of what I found isn't but I'm curious about a couple pieces.

I'll add a photo of everything I found (notice the tiny shark tooth) and then a couple of the pieces I think may actually be glass.

Can someone fill me in?



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Nov 05, 2018
Quartz Pebbles
by: Anonymous

Unfortunately, those are not sea glass. HOWEVER, they are quartz pebbles. :)

Oct 23, 2015

by: David

Oct 13, 2010
Keep trying!
by: Anonymous

Awe, I just started collecting sea glass this year. My best friend introduced me to it while we were at New Jersey.

Google seaglass, and you can tell that these don't bear any resemblance to it...
Although milkywhite pieces may be porclain*.

Good luck though in the future!
And you do have some nice rocks there. :)
I personally love the smooth purple and white shells I find sometimes.

Aug 23, 2010
by: Kayla

Haha. Thanks. I'm not good at finding sea glass. :-( I don't live by a beach either. :-(

Aug 19, 2010
I think it's rocks rather than sea glass
by: Kay

Hi Kayla,

Looks like to me it's rocks..but, don't give up!!

I find these all the time while looking for the sea glass.

When you find a piece of glass, you'll be able to tell right away when compared to a rock.

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Pebbles or Sea Glass?

by Marty
(Emerald Isle, NC)

I live at the beach, in NC & just began collecting.

I have some obvious pieces of sea glass but have also found many translucent pebbles which are smooth, rounded and are either white or gray.

The texture is the same as sea glass.

Most are without visual obstruction when looking through them but some have a webbing appearance within the stone/glass.

Others are thin & flat, with pits large enough to make them look like they will shatter into small pieces.

I know that's a lot of information.

I hope my descriptions were understandable.

Thanks in advance for your help.

~ sea glass question by Marty in North Carolina


That's an interesting question, Marty. Perhaps we can get an educated answer from one of our experienced beach combers.

I would suggest, though, for anyone submitting a question about appearance of a found object to try to include a photo. Although identification is possible without a photo, the chances of getting an opinion without one are pretty slim.

As you point out, it's hard to go to the beach and JUST pick up sea glass.

We keep telling ourselves no more pebbles. But that doesn't work too well. We still come home with pockets of beach pebbles...sometimes more pebbles than sea glass!

I have seriously considered doing a page on beach pebbles. I sure have a lot of photos, but since I don't know what most of the rocks are, I have kind of held back.

I'll probably be putting a question to you viewers through the blog one of these days as to who would be interested in having a section on beach pebbles on this site.

Then we can see what the consensus is.

Also, anyone knowledgeable about this topic could certainly write up some articles for the section.

You know, one of the beach pebbles we have come to recognize and delight in here in Washington State are agates. That might be what you have there. However, I have no idea if there are agates in North Carolina or not!

Thanks again for submitting this question and hopefully we'll get some responses.

David (editor)

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Mar 27, 2017
law of beaches
by: Anonymous

it is important to remember that in some places it is illegal to remove stones and rocks from a beach

Oct 23, 2015
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Jun 04, 2010
by: sandy

I for one would love to see a page on pebbles.

I have a great one I would love to share but this section is not letting me upload a picture


Hi Sandy, we love pebbles too and a lot of times have come home with more pebbles than sea glass. It's so easy to get distracted!

With the photo, you may need to resize it. You can use your own photo editor that came with your camera or use the link above the submission form to resize it online.

We have so many photos that we only can handle ones that are less than 500 px wide usually. Let me know if that doesn't work.

We would love to have pebbles and rocks photos.

David and Lin Schneider

Aug 04, 2009
by: Marty

Thanks for the input. I'll add pics.

Some of he Cape May unfinished pebbles look similar.

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Sea Glass or Beach Pebble?

by Elizabeth
(North Carolina)

What are some ways to easily identify sea glass from beach stones/pebbles/agates?

Is there some kind of "test" that can be done that determines if it is actually pretty, round sea glass or just a beach pebble?

~ sea glass question by Elizabeth in North Carolina


That's a good question, Elizabeth. All of us at one time or another have found a pebble that we wondered about.

There are no hard and fast rules that Lin or I know of. Some factors that help though are:

Hold it up to a strong light (sun perhaps but be careful you don't damage your eyes). Sea glass will usually have obvious light coming through with no darker spots or cloudiness except for the frosted surface. Other materials will generally be opaque (non transparent) or only allow some cloudy light through. This is true of many quartzes. This does not apply to some materials that are not sea glass, like gemstones; agates, amber, some quartzes for instance.

On the other hand, there is opaque sea glass such as the glass insulators used in the past. Milk glass is another glass that is not transparent.

Agates - have a "soapy" feel, while sea glass does not. An agate generally has "dimples" and almost never has a "frosted" surface.

Lin and I are going to have to think about this one.

We would love to have other readers give suggestions also so that we could eventually come up with some kind of a check list.

Happy hunting!

David and Lin - Odyssey Sea Glass

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