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    Posted 5 years ago

    Weandocin54
    (99 items)

    More beach glass that I have found over the years. But wondering now if they just came from craft stores and were dumped in the lake.

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    1. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 5 years ago
      In picture #1, some pieces look flat on one side but it’s hard to tell with just a picture.
      If the are flat on one side, they are glass nuggets readily available in craft stores, “dollar” stores, Walmart, etc. People use them for sorts of decorative pursuits. The marbles, same thing.
      All the unusual shapes such as hearts, stars, etc, same thing. But it’s probably fun to come across them in the sand.
    2. Weandocin54 Weandocin54, 5 years ago
      Actually the marbles could have come off of boats as they used to use them for ballast .
    3. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 5 years ago
      I’ve never heard of marbles used as ballast. The stones cities used to pave streets were old ballast stones- - those streets are called cobble stone streets. There is still a cobble stone street near the waterfront of Savannah Ga. Rome Ga had a cobble stone street until just a few decades ago when they paved over it with asphalt.
      Those stones were sized for men to be able to load and off-load them as needed; that work was done by hand then. How on Earth would they manage loading and off-loading millions of marbles every time the ship sailed?
    4. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 5 years ago
      That interesting about Codd bottle marbles. I had researched info about Codd bottles years ago after I bought two Codd stopper bottles at an antique store in Honolulu. As far as I know, Codd and similar bottles used clear glass for the stopper marbles....not the colored and bi-colored marbles pictured in the post.
      I’ve lived in several beach side communities and have never been lucky enough to find a marble.
      I have, however, made several projects with glass nuggets, marbles and cute glass shapes exactly like some of these posted- and bought them all at local craft stores. There are some listed on Etsy now in the ocean-themed glass nuggets.
      I’ve been putting off posting pictures but I will try to soon because I have these exact cute shaped glass nuggets- but not from a beach- just from craft departments, Dollar store and Walmart.
      Maybe a container destined for craft stores fell off a ship somewhere, but these are not old items, they are just present-day items scoured by sand and water.
    5. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 5 years ago
      I’m almost blind and no better satisfied from reading articles regarding the use of marbles as ballast in old ships.
      Many of the articles were just restating info from other articles. Some said finding a beach marble was rare, others claimed they could be found by the dozens on the right beaches.
      One article pointed out that glass marbles were too much trouble to make to use for such a purpose—and think of the sheer number it would take to weight down a ship!
      Oh, well! Too much info to wade thru when no one is actually 100% sure one way or another.
      One thing that is for sure though is the source of the cute glass shapes like stars, sea shells, flowers and leaves....

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