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Beach-combing to Beautify Your Life

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by Katrina Black (subscribe)
A Greek-Aussie: love writing, love the outdoors, love my 2 kids, love heavy metal and love life (usually!).
Published October 8th 2015
Many of you may remember those groovy sneakers, or 'runners' referred to as 'Beach-Combers' that were popular in the '70's. Those blue and white (or black and white) canvas shoes with white laces? Anyway, that was the only beach-comber I knew, until a few months ago, when I literally became a beach comber.

So now, walking along the beach not only means heading for the water, or moseying along admiring the views. It means combing! No, not combing my hair on the beach, you literalists (or couch potatoes) out there! Rather, it involves 'combing' through a sea shore looking for interesting things.

Preferable and interesting sea-shore finds that may be beach combed, include pebbles, and shells and even sea-glass. (The later, [sea-glass], is weathered, frosted glass which the waves and elements have tossed about for decades giving it its unique appearance. I say unique because some have tried to mimick the look of genuine sea-glass with weird, tumbler devices that toss broken glass, but the result is much inferior to the real thing which an observant eye picks it up easily).

I say 'preferable' beach finds because, this recent searching (or 'combing') for beach objects has now evolved into a beloved hobby for me. From these offerings of the sea, I make jewellery!

Here's an example of one of my sea-glass necklaces:

I call this one 'Dew Drop'.

You can do the same, or make other things of beauty with your beach-combings, like decorative photo frames, or lamp shades, table tops, pot-plant décor, etc. Your imagination's the limit! For example, this one I made (below) is of shells, a bone I found on beach and sea-glass.

I call it 'Sea Horse'.

In this day and age of consumerism and ensuing mass production, hand-made gifts are much appreciated, not to mention the joy of creation itself. And free, environmentally friendly finds are a greater pleasure to behold and work with. So go comb those beaches, for durable and beautiful finds such as pebbles, shells and the rarer sea-glass, and have a ball, (ie I have fun thinking up names for my creations as well!) and make everyone happy!

Here's another. I've named it the 'Three-Leaf Clover'!

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