About Me

After transplanting myself from Oklahoma to Alaska & living there for 12 years, I made a couple of other moves to the Oregon Coast, then to SW Washington & now I'm back in Oregon. I originally moved to Alaska to follow my dream of flying & somewhere along my journey, I ran across glass fishing floats. Over the past 11 years, these little treasures have taken over my heart, along with my house! I have a substantial collection of rare & unique floats from all over the world. I like to share their uniqueness, history & beauty with anyone that is interested!

I have been picking up glass fishing floats off the beaches of the Aleutians in Alaska for many years.  I have found thousands & thousands of beautiful, vintage floats that are all at least 40 years old.  The majority of them are more likely to be 50-80 years old!  These floats are not contemporary floats or reproductions that are often sold claiming to be authentic, or misrepresented as genuinely used floats.  The reason you won't see any red, yellow, orange, cobalt blue, or purple floats in my shop is because they are normally contemporary floats & I don't sell those.  All of my floats will show some signs of use because they have actually been used or were working floats.

Although the Japanese don't make these floats for commercial use in the fishing industry, they are still used. There are thousands & probably millions of them in abandoned gear piles & sheds. There are a few glass manufacturers that make floats in assorted colors for the souvenir trade. Many times floats will be misrepresented as being "authentic". These floats tend to be much lighter in weight since the glass is thin & they are made in bright colors. The reason the majority of floats tend to be blue/green in color is because they are made from recycled glass...primarily sake bottles. The color of the float depends on the glass that was used.

I have also been a passionate collector for over 12 years & I am glad to answer any questions you might have about my listings or floats in general!

I am also happy to create custom listings, as I have quite a selection of floats in various shapes & sizes to choose from.  Please send me a message with your request.

I have sold floats to brides for wedding decor/favors, interior designers, nautical/souvenir shops & landscape designers.  They have been used as props in movies & also used as set decor in catalogs.  I have literally sold more than 8,000 floats since the beginning of Glass Float Junkie!!

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A LITTLE HISTORY ABOUT GLASS FISHING FLOATS.........

The use of the first glass fishing floats can be traced as far back as 1840. The Norwegians used a small egg-sized float on which they tied a fishing line and a hook. As the use of nets increased, Norway went on to produce other sizes of floats since glass was an economical method of supporting the nets and offered plenty of buoyancy. Many European countries soon began using glass floats. Trademarks or embossing began appearing on the floats to identify the users and manufacturers of the floats.

Around 1910, far eastern countries, primarily Japan began manufacturing and using glass floats, hence their most popular name; Japanese Glass Fishing Floats. To accommodate different fishing styles and nets, the Japanese experimented with many different shapes of floats, from as small as 2 inches in diameter to the gigantic size of 20 inches in diameter.  Most floats are shades of green because the glass used was primarily recycled sake (wine)bottles, but clear, amber, aquamarine, amethyst, blue and other colors were also produced.  The most prized and rare color being a red, or cranberry hue. These were expensive to make because gold was used to produce the color. Other brilliant jewel tones such as emerald green, cobalt blue, purple, yellow and orange were primarily made in  the 1920´s-30´s. The majority of the colored floats you will find for sale today are replicas.  I sell only authentic floats.

Cork and aluminum floats appeared around 1920. These soon began to replace glass floats since they were more durable and could provide holes or eye features that made net attachment easier and more reliable. As manufacturing techniques improved, plastic floats soon followed.  Unfortunately for net fisherman, glass floats would often escape their nets.

Today, millions of glass floats are probably still floating in the world's oceans.  When tide and weather conditions are just right, you can find glass floats that wash up on the beaches of Washington, Oregon and Alaska. Sometimes, several may arrive together in the same location. Often, these floats roll safely onto shore or may be tangled in seaweed or other flotsam. Sadly, they also can be shattered if the float should land on a rocky coastline.  During stormy periods they can be thrust hundreds of feet onshore and will remain there until some lucky hunter should find it!!

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Here is a link to my website where I have lots of information about glass fishing floats, along with many photos.

http://www.glassfloatjunkie.blogspot.com/

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