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

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

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