Authentic Nautical Decorating with fishing glass floats! A little bit of background, and sources where to buy.
Although fishing glass floats for commercial fishing haven't been made since the 1960's, they can still be found along the beaches of North America, coming all the way from Japan.
Have you ever found a beauty like This? A fishing glass float, complete with rope netting, barnacles, even tiny little crabs attached to one side. Most of the floats existing today originated from Japan because of its large deep sea fishing. They were used to keep the fishing nets afloat. When a float broke free, it started a long journey along Pacific surface currents, from Japan up to the Aleutians and down the West Coast. Asian fishing glass floats have been washing ashore since 1920. They were made from recycled glass and are easy to identify compared with later varieties. They have flaws in the glass or thousands of bubbles in the oldest floats.
Some people fly to remote beaches in Alaska to search for these treasures, in areas that present themselves to the Japanese Current.
Luckily many antique floats are just a click away! You can hunt for them on Ebay and on Etsy, or check out Our Boat House for a selection of floats with netting, up to 18" diameter.
Colorful reproductions can be purchased in places like Sea Life Gifts, Beach Decor, Amazon, Wisteria and others.
The floats look stunning as a grouping. Via House Beautiful.
And the ones with netting can be hung! Seen at Thom Filicia.