On Fourth of July weekend, @northcoastpromo posted a photo of some beach glass found along the Geneva State Park shoreline. That photo generated quite a bit of interest, and we thought we’d take a minute here to answer some of your questions.
Beach glass (not to be confused with sea glass, which comes from salt water beaches and can be more difficult to find) comes from two different types of glass. Production glass (think Vick’s Vapor Rub, Philip’s Milk of Magnesia and Noxema, responsible for various shades of blue; also in this category are dinnerware, lamps, vases and knick-knacks) is the most common; designer glass (exactly what the name implies – art or jewelry glass, think Tiffany shade) is much more rare and also the most sought after. Beach glass takes on its particular shape through natural tumbling along a shoreline. Sandy shorelines produce rounder, smoother pieces. Rocky shorelines catch the bits of glass between rocks, leaving only part of the glass exposed. This results in interesting geometric shapes, the most common being triangular.
Northeast Ohio has some of the best beach glass beaches around. Geneva State Park is one; Conneaut Beach is another. The beaches of the Lake Erie islands can also be a treasure trove; century old glass from shipwrecks continues to wash up on Kelley’s Island today. The best time of day to find beach glass? Professional beach combers will tell you to hit the beach at sunrise, and again late in the afternoon. The calm after a storm is also a good time to find all kinds of interesting objects kicked up by weather onto the beach.
What can you do with beach glass? The possibilities are only as limited as your imagination — we hope you’ll be inspired to do your own treasure hunting along Lake Erie, and we encourage you to post your finds on our Facebook page.