Ultimate Beach Glass Find!

by Michelle
(Washington State)

Ultimate find

Ultimate find

~ By: Michelle, Washington State

Sand Point / Cape Alava

Submitted March 29, 2017

Date, time of day, and weather conditions?

Beautiful sunny afternoon of March 19, 2017

What were your feelings or impressions when taking this photo?

Almost too excited to snap the picture!

That's my boyfriend Mike - he actually spotted it trapped behind a log that I had walked right past!

This Japanese fishing float traveled many many miles to wash up on our Washington state coast.

It is LARGE - - 44" circumference.

We have found a total of 5 floats on this beach in the past several years. The other ones included two 4" rounds, one 2" round, and one 6" rolling pin shaped one.

What kind of camera and/or lens did you use?

Samsung cell phone

~ By: Michelle, Washington State

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Apr 18, 2017
by: David

Wow, imagine it being so big it's hard to wash! Amazing.

Michelle, the bubbles in the glass were produced when the float was made. It's not possible for bubbles to form in glass under pressure; the glass would break.

Hand-blown glass, as in floats and old bottles, normally contains a large quantity of bubbles as opposed to automated production as in modern glass bottles and containers which contain few or no bubbles.

According to "Recognizing Old Glass" by Bill Johns, "Bubbles occur in all glass but are more common in old glass... In new machine made glass, the molten glass is mixed more uniformly and injected into the molds more precisely causing far fewer bubbles to occur."

Apr 18, 2017
by: Michelle

It has many bubbles in the glass from being under pressure in the ocean. No water inside of it though. Its not really "frosted".

I gave it a good scrubbing in the bathtub (too large for the dink!) and got a lot of the sea gunk off of it. It really is the find of a lifetime!

Apr 17, 2017
by: Pat/Urbana, Ohio, USA

April 17, 2017

Okay, that would just blow my mind finding that! Is it frosted?

Hard to believe it got tossed around all those miles without getting broken. Really fantastic!

Apr 07, 2017
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by: David and Lin - OdysseySeaGlass

Wow, that is a great find! We gotta get to the Pacific Coast of Washington more often.

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