WHERE DOES BONFIRE SEA GLASS COME FROM?
Most bonfire sea glass comes from three main sources: beach bonfires, building fires, and controlled land-fill fires.
When sea glass or glass burns at high temperatures–usually around 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit–it melts and blends or fuses with other glass and other materials nearby such as metal and inorganic materials. It also fuses with sand and rocks.
FUSED IN HEAT AND TUMBLED BY THE SEA: THE JOURNEY OF BONFIRE SEA GLASS
After the glass or sea glass has melted or fused together, it begins or continues its journey along the shore into the water where it tumbles and moves around pushed and polished by the movement of the tides against the sand and rocks until one day it makes its way back onto the shore for some lucky person to find it.
Like most sea glass, bonfire glass goes through the same process of hydration where the elements of the water cause it to change and become thicker. If it’s in the water long enough, the chemicals, pH levels, and movement of the water also help it develop a frosty patina that glistens in the sun when its dry.
BEAUTIFUL OR UGLY?
Some sea glass collectors feel many bonfire sea glass shards gnarled and unattractive, but many others find it quite beautiful and unique. While some shards may have bent and curled edges with embedded sand, rocks, and metals that may make it unattractive, many see bonfire glass as something that adds to the historical significance and beauty of sea glass. Moreover, bonfire sea glass is quite rare.
My sea glass collection consists of thousands of shards, yet I’ve only found five pieces of bonfire sea glass.
WHERE TO FIND BONFIRE GLASS
Most bonfire sea glass shards are found along beaches where cities and settlements incinerated their trash on the seashore.
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