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, February 24, 2010

Sea Glass Find..Art Deco?

Today’s Find…A Queen’s Ransom

This piece of Sea Glass looks as though it is from a piece of jewelry..perhaps a brooch

The design looks Art-Deco to me…what do you think?

Posting this for my Sea Glass friends to help out too.


I screamed with excitement over the find, turning heads in my direction..not caring, I continued to talk aloud to myself. :)

Tracing the identification of this piece of Sea Glass will be very rewarding.

Send me your thoughts, I could use your help!

To all my Mermaid Friends....Happy Hunting!

Fair Winds and Calm Seas,

Deborah Leon artist/collector



Saturday, February 20, 2010

Sea Glass Shard Contest



Amber Sea Glass Earrings/ Shell & Aquamarine Beads/ Sterling Silver Bali Sea Stars

SUBSCRIBE (Free) to Mermaid’s Purse News Letter for Details

( upper right hand corner of Home Page )

Start digging through your SEA GLASS STASH

to enter your favorite piece.

Fair Winds and Calm Seas,

Deborah Leon artist/collector

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Sea Glass, Coca-Cola & Mermaid's

This is one of the Sea Glass Treasures from this Mermaid’s stash…a remnant of a Coke Bottle face. I found it several years ago in South Bay, California. I won’t sell, give it away or make Sea Glass jewelry with it. It’s not perfect in terms of rating sea glass but it is a perfect find. It has it all…history, frostiness(some glassy spots but I like it this way), identification markers, you can see the hydration from the inside out. I haven’t traced this one yet…but I gave a similar one away that was manufactured in Oregon, was found in Hawaii, and a Hawaiian girly brought here to California. What a trek! Part of the fun of collecting Sea Glass. Sometimes it’s for making jewelry, other times it’s just plain treasure.

SUBSCRIBE (Free) to get your Mermaid’s Purse News Letter. There’s a CONTEST for the BEST SEA GLASS SHARD and a prize for the winner. Subscribe to get the details.
You could be the WINNER of these Sea Glass Earrings

Fair Winds and Calm Seas,

Deborah Leon artist/collector

Friday, February 12, 2010

Sea Glass - Mermaid's Tears

Working on a 5 part series about Sea Glass to give to my subscribers I came across this poem during my research regarding stories and myths about sea glass. It so enchanted me I thought I would share it with you all. The author and I emailed each other and we both are captivated by all things coastal. ENJOY.


Oh how many tragic tears,
Must mermaids weep each day?
To leave behind the trail of gems,
Washed up on the shore in the bay.

Beautifully sculpted sea glass,
Is mermaid’s tears they say,
But it may be magical, mystical dust,
Sprinkled by mermaids at play.

Maybe the sparkling pieces of glass,
Were not really theirs to keep,
So every day, when the tide goes out,
They toss them back onto the beach.

Perhaps they’re being playful,
Teasing us into their game,
They sprinkle treasures for us to find,
Not to join them would be a shame.

My imagination is greatly piqued,
As I comb the beach deep in thought.
Walking along the ocean floor,
To see what the tide has brought.

- Annabel Sheila

Subscribe to Mermaid's Purse (free) to receive the 5 part series about Sea Glass

Upon subscription you will also get a 20% discount for shopping with this COUPON CODE: sub01

Fair Winds and Calm Sea,
Deborah Leon artist/collector

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Lavender Sea Glass for Valentine's Day

Treat your Inner Mermaid to a VALENTINES DAY Gift.

Lavender/Amethyst Sea Glass is considered RARE in the scheme of colors. This Mermaid finds them to be Extremely Rare in our region of South Bay, California.

There are only 2 Bracelets and 1 Necklace in the Sea Glass Jewelry Gallery with Lavender/Amethyst Sea Glass. BEAUTIFUL, UNUSUAL, RARE!

How do we get colors of Lavender, Amethyst and Purple?

Glass is made of Silica (sand), Soda Ash and Limestone. Nickel or Manganese is added to get shades of Purple.

Some clear glass will turn purple when exposed to UV rays over decades of time. The longer the exposure to UV rays the deeper the color.

Glass that is colored in shades of Purple is usually thinner than most glass and may have come from Poison Bottles, Perfume Bottles or Depression Glass Ware.

Hmmm…I wonder what kind of poison could have been in a purple bottle. Perhaps it was a LOVE POTION!

Subscribe to get 20% off when shopping! COUPON CODE: sub01 and also receive a 5 part series about Sea Glass and Sea Glass Jewelry.

Fair Winds and Calm Seas,

Deborah Leon artist/collector

Friday, February 5, 2010

Aqua Blue Shard, Sea Glass Identification


It was posted last week and now I have some idea of its possible origins. Thanks to the help of my Sea Glass friends from “Sea Glass Artists and Collectors Association” I was led in the right direction.

Using this information I began checking with specialists in antique bottles and glassware, I think we have narrowed it down.

We’ll start with the easy part. Everyone is of the same mind that this shard was in a campfire to some degree.

One collector thought it was from a decanter another suggested it could be part of a glass insulator.

Looking closer, the shard didn’t look thick enough to be from an insulator. The color speaks to an older era and the ribbing is pretty unique.

The photo on the top is a Water or Lemonade Pitcher. The photo on the bottom is an Aqua Apothecary Poison Bottle.

Both are dated in the late 1800’s.

I’m still investigating…just wanted to update my readers on the progress thus far.

Don’t think I’ll be making Sea Glass Jewelry out of this shard. I’ll keep it with my rare and unusual pieces of Sea Glass.

I’ll keep you posted, til then…

Fair Winds and Calm Seas,
Deborah Leon artist/collector

Tuesday, February 2, 2010


Did you know that there really is such a thing as a Mermaid’s Purse. In various oceans particular bottom dwelling sharks lay encasements attached to seaweed with an embryo inside. Some encasements are spiral shaped and others in the shape of a purse thus the name Mermaid’s Purse. Off the coast of San Pedro the Swell Shark attaches such an encasement.

On your next walk along the shore take a little time to pull apart the seaweed washed ashore. You might find another treasure of the sea.

For Mermaid's Purse hunting sea glass and making sea glass jewelry is part of a bigger experience. It's about everything ocean, history, science, beauty, the allure and stories of coastal living.

In my stories with Ula (the benevolent mermaid) the Mermaid’s Purse has power for healing. Ula will be blogging her stories and adventures. Be checking back to find out when.

Fair Winds and Calm Seas,

Deborah Leon artist/collector