Glass floats are appearing in the backgrounds of all the home magazines and catalogs recently, especially since summer is approaching
These balls of glass are unique little treasures from the sea!
Fishermen in the 1800’s used hand blown glass floats to hold up their fishing nets.
Though rarely used anymore today, most can be found along the shores of the Pacific.
I found mine in a local import market.
You can read about my exotic finds by clicking on the picture below.
Just look at this bin of gorgeous floats the store had! Notice how some even had the rope marks!
I took one of these big boys home with me. He’s sitting on a shelf at the moment, but he needs a few friends.
This month’s Pottery Barn catalog has a wire bin holding a glass float collection. Too bad they aren’t selling them!
The colors of the authentic floats are usually shades of blues and greens.
Most are round but some rare floats are tubular.
The floats can be showcased by themselves or grouped together, placed on a coffee table.
What a great conversation piece!
My mouth dropped open when I came across this gorgeous display of floats hanging from bamboo in the Philippines.
How beautiful is that?!
Photo Credit: Frou La La
Small glass float replicas can be hung to form a creative chandelier.
Another option is using small round floats on place settings, as Coastal Living did for a holiday beach table.
If you are in the market for authentic glass floats you can search the internet but be prepared to pay anywhere from $20 up to several hundred dollars, depending on the type and rarity of the float. If you come across one while exploring the coast then congratulations!!! You just found a rare ocean jewel.