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Japanese Fishing Floats for your Home from Glass Float Junkie

Long before Kamichia decided to advertise her store Glass Float Junkie here on Completely Coastal I knew about her.

Japanese Fishing Floats
Admiring her passion for collecting glass fishing floats!


beach in Alaska
And this is just how passionate Kamichia is about finding these (forever fascinating to me) beauties. She flies out to her "secret" beaches in Alaska.

Japanese glass floats on beach
Sometimes she is able to pick up hundreds of fishing floats in one spot. Many are just sitting on the beach, others are buried in the sand, or lying in the beach grass. Amazing! These floats spend years traveling the ocean currents and then the surf tosses them on to a desolate beach, she explains.

authentic green glass float
So if you want authentic beachcombed Japanese fishing floats as well as Korean floats for your home, visit Glass Float Junkie on Etsy. Custom orders are also available. Kamichia's got quite a supply of different shapes, sizes and colors. To get an idea, check out her Photo Gallery.

fishing floats
The float on the left for example is a so called Hokkaido roller, and just under 5" long. The other one is the size of a golf ball and has the original net on it.

glass floats in vase
Small fishing floats look gorgeous as a group in a tall vase placed on a window sill with the light shining through, seen @ Shibui Home.

fishing glass floats in vase
Or add a few to a flower vase.

glass floats with netting hanging
And the ones with netting are perfect for hanging, via Light Locations. To see more fishing float displays, please visit the following posts:
Glass Display Coffee Tables
Ideas to Bring Home the Beach
Nautical Decorating with Fishing Glass Floats
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29 comments:

Karena said...

These are just amazing and I can see how very passionate she is about the floats!

Karena
Art by Karena

Heidiopia said...

I love these! Especially the ones with the netting-- the play of the textures off each other is awesome. Great decorating ideas, too!

michelle said...

These are beautiful! I had no idea that that is what they were, there are so many things that you can do with them!

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Wow. Ingenious! I love it! Bravo!

Deanna said...

Maya,
thanks for the post, just bought 3 of them!

Kamichia @ Glass Float Junkie said...

Oh...thanks, Maya! Gosh, that photo of me is SO old!! I was pretty excited about finding those floats that day!! :) I'll admit it...I am obsessed with them. They fascinate me. I just can't help it!! I love sharing them with people, too. I wish I could take everyone to the beach to find floats! :)

Beach House Living said...

Yes, I've seen her Etsy shop...I've entertained the roller style because it's so different. Glass floats and old colorful lobster floats are a perfect pair.

Nikki said...

A plane that they fly out the secret beaches and collect them!? That is awesome!

Linda@ Lime in the Coconut said...

Ooooh...I need to go visit her. I have a couple of really large ones!

Marie said...

How cool are those floats!!! Great ideas too on what you can use them for. Thanks Maya!
-marie

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love these and have been secretly looking around for some! Thanks for the links! You always have the best ideas! ♥

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Hi Maya
I will definitely bookmark this one.. I have been wanting some glass floats for the longest time... thanks for the post and links!!! fabulous!!.. xxx Julie

Beach Vintage said...

This is amazing. I can only imagine how excited I would be finding some of these. Thanks for your kind words yeaterday Maya, and yes, I ship international.

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

I have always been fascinated by these beauties. I would be thrilled to find one, much less a bunch on the beach! I have a couple of reproductions, but so far no "real" ones...off to check out the shop! Thanks, loved the pictures.

Beach Combing... said...

WOW! Amazing - my mom has a few of these beauties that she found years and years ago on the Washington Coast. I had NO idea that so many could be found all together! Posting on the Caron's fb page and our "Life's a Beach" group page. Thanks Maya!

elle pee said...

Sorry if I'm stating the obvious but... wouldn't it be less expensive to contact a Japanese bait & tackle shop and have a big box shipped to you instead of flying to secret remote beaches? Maybe they gain a patina from being in the water? Please enlighten me!

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

elle pee:

for all I know, these glass floats are all more than 30 years old, meaning they stopped making them a long time ago. So a bait & tackle shop wouldn't have them (anymore). They're antiques so to speak.

bermudabluez said...

You find THE most amazing things!!! I just checked out her cool stuff over on the Etsy page...LOVE it! Thanks again!!

elle pee said...

Aha! I`ve only ever seen glass floats in use about 5 years ago at Port Angeles by my sister´s mother-in-law attached to a crab trap. We had a delicious crab fest, afterwards! I didn´t realize how unusual her float was until right now! I looked at Kemichia´s website and now understand the allure and how lovely they make them. Will have to get my sister to beach comb on her next visit to Alaska.

Thanks for the info!

Elizabeth said...

WOW - How lucky!! I love the glass floats, how awesome to to have a plane to go and find them. And so many of them, I thought they only washed up one by one!!

Linda Starr said...

Since I just moved to Florida I am thinking in a whole new decorating vein, very beachy, I love the floats and they way they are used.

DesignTies said...

Oh wow, how lucky is Kamichia that she can explore secret Alaskan beaches for these wonderful treasures :-) The floats are fabulous -- they look really cool in the vase of flowers, and the collection in the vase by the window is so pretty.

It's fascinating when you think about how far these glass floats traveled without breaking....

Kelly

Shellbelle said...

That photo of so many together is amazing! I have three, but hung them outside and the netting eventually rotted, but I still love the floats.

theLENNOXX said...

Oh, I love these floats. I had a couple of them when I was a kid, I wish I saved them =(

fairmaiden said...

Truly facinating...I wouldn't even know something like this exists without your post!

Beach Tropic said...

Wow!! Wish we could find such things on the beach here in Australia.
Of course, we are not allowed to take shells or driftwood, but these would be ok as they are not 'natural'.
Philosophy is: take nothing, leave only footprints......

Fearless Nester said...

It is so fascinating to realize they end up all together like that, on their secret beach. I must go check out her etsy shop. ~Lili

Kathy said...

What a thrill to be able to go out and find these beautiful gems! I have seen her etsy shop and have been considering buying some of these for quite a while to use in our home, which is by a lake. I think I'll jump over and take the plunge.
BTW-I'm fairly new to your blog and find it so very interesting. It's one of the first I check each morning.

alice said...

Wow those are beautiful, I'd freak if I came across a beach full of them.