|Green glass vials from the beaches of Brooklyn.|
I've been very lucky this past summer finding bottles on the beach. I seem to have hit the motherload. Clear, amber and green glass bottles in all shapes and sizes are finding their way into my collection. Some of them take on a frosted patina which makes them glow in the light from being rolled and tumbled in the ocean. I can't help wondering where they originated and what was their original use.
Cleaning them up and getting them ready to be used has been a big job. They spend a lot of time soaking in soapy water in between scrubbings. I've collected a vast array of bottle brushes to help with the job. Once they're squeaky clean they're sterilized in a boiling water vat before they can be used.
I live my life in a very "green" way, long before anyone called it green. I deplore waste of any kind so to find these bottles and be able to give them another life is a joy. I've been collecting caps from broken bottles for ages so spent some happy days sorting through the collection and finding the proper cap. Some of the bottles will be filled with the colognes I was producing this past summer but some are for sale on my Etsy store. I love that each bottle is a one of a kind treasure.