While combing the north shore beaches of Long Island this past weekend, I found a piece of yellow sea glass. It's now the crowning jewel of my beloved sea glass collection and it got me thinking - how will I display it?
The first idea was to arrange the pieces artfully by color and/or shape in a shadow box. This would be a lovely display for objects like shells, old keys or even coins, but my sea glass is translucent, and putting them onto a solid background will do nothing to showcase such a unique feature.
For small objects a divided tray or type case is the perfect display. Hung on the wall or placed on the mantle, collections like dice, shells or thimbles can be grouped together but still showcased individually.
When I was 10, I had all of my Smurfs up on the wall in a divided wood tray; it was decorative and practical. When you have objects that are fun to interact with, you'll want to keep them within easy reach. Unfortunately I no longer have the tray, but you can believe I still have all 72 Smurfs!
Of course, all displays don't have to be hung on a wall. In fact some of the best displays are unexpected; so try and think outside the box. For my own sea glass collection, I'm leaning toward filling a clear glass lamp base (one specifically made to house collections). I like this option because it will really showcase the colors of the glass. Another option would be to fill jars and place them on a windowsill allowing the light to come through like stained glass.
Apothecary jars are decorative and functional additions to your home. Whether you decorate seasonally or by room decor, apothecary jars provide a place to display and enjoy a variety of collections. Try filling one with wine corks on your bar/buffet, dominoes in a game room or with vintage ornaments during the holidays.
The idea here is to group your collections. One lonely piece of sea glass may not say much, but when massed together with other pieces, the collection becomes a powerful statement.
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