Welcome to Mermaid's Purse Blog. This is for all Mermaids on land or sea who Love, Love, Sea Glass. These translucent baubles are yesterdays items transformed to true treasures of the sea. The allure of Sea Glass is in the history, science and appearance. Check back often to learn as I learn about Sea Glass. We'll journey together over shores and time, tides and currents, searching for the perfect pieces. Fair Winds and Calm Seas. Deborah Leon.....artist/collector

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Dancing for Sea Glass

It was a great time at Hermosa Beach looking for Sea Glass! The waves were coming in sets of 4, 8-10″ high at low tide. A bit of a challenge when you’re looking for sea glass.

It required nimble feet, one eye to the ground and one eye to the waves crashing in. As the waves pulled out, I’d run out to patches of uncovered stones looking for sea glass, then as the waves rolled in, I’d run like crazy up the sand embankment. It was a bit of a waltz with the sea, the rise and fall, the back and forth.

As I looked down the way a bit, there was another soul performing the same sort of dance. Looking for his own treasures, I had to inquire of his finds. As we started talking he recognized me from the fair as the mermaid, sea glass lady.

He reminded me we had talked about drill bits for sea glass. Great talking to you Steve, happy hunting and don’t forget to go hunting during the Blue Moon.

Came across some tourist who were inquisitive. Told them the difference between sea glass and beach glass, then help them find their own treasures.

The big score for the day was all the Moon Stone laying at my feet. Milky, crater like pieces of beach stone which is really beach agate. Great day, beach, waves, people and finds…I give it an A+.
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Friday, December 18, 2009


The next great time to look for Sea Glass is during the next full moon which happens to be a BLUE MOON – DECEMBER 31, 2009.

In recent times, the Blue Moon has been based on the Gregorian Calendar and has come to be known as a Calendar Blue Moon. Since a Lunar Month averages about 29.5 days, there will occasionally be seasons with 4 Full Moons, creating a calendar month with 2 Full Moons. The 2nd Moon in a month is called a Calendar Blue Moon. These Moons are not as frequent and on average occur every 2.72 years.
The next calendar Blue Moon occurs 12/31/2009 @ 1:13pm CST.

(Due to different time zones, dates and times will vary.)

The Blue Moon (Full Moon) is also known as a Perigean Moon. When the moon is at perigee, closer to the Earth, there is much more gravitational pull and it can whip up the tides and cause weather to become more unstable.

Stay tuned for more information on when and where to look for Sea Glass.

Fair Winds and Calm Seas

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Crizzled Sea Glass


December 14th, 2009
Crizzled Sea Glass

Crizzled Sea Glass

This was one of my unusual finds Sunday morning at the shore. Sea Glass, but with a strange and pretty appearance. After a little research I found that this is a Crizzled piece of sea glass. Crizzling is caused by some deficiency or instability in the chemical makeup of the glass, where either too much alkali or too little lime was used in the manufacturing. It takes a long time, but eventually the salt leaches away, chemical chain reactions occur and the glass deteriorates. Crizzled glass is said to be “sick”, or “diseased”, and the prognosis is nearly always terminal: broken glass. What shall I make with this?
Fair Winds and Calm Seas