Sara Holmes' Profile

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You have to be resourceful to live in Maine. Being (at least) a fifth-generation Mainer, I come from a line of lumber jacks, sea captains, farmers, and merchants. Usually it is the seasons that dictate which hat you have to wear - literally and figuratively. Usually at least one of your professions is tied to the outdoors, whether it is in the woods, on the land or on the sea.

There is no better place to go to work than on the stony Maine beach with the fresh wind in your face! As in the tradition I mentioned above, it is truly a profession ruled by the seasons and the weather. Some days are good for collecting sea glass on the shore; some days are better inside by the fire at the jewelry bench.

All the sea glass I use is true sea glass collected off the shore. The only alterations made to the glass has been a good cleaning with fresh water…

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  • Female
  • Born on May 15
  • Joined July 27, 2008

Favorite materials

sea glass, sea pottery, recycled silver wire, recycled glass beads, Karen Hill tribe silver beads, vintage charms and leather

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About

You have to be resourceful to live in Maine. Being (at least) a fifth-generation Mainer, I come from a line of lumber jacks, sea captains, farmers, and merchants. Usually it is the seasons that dictate which hat you have to wear - literally and figuratively. Usually at least one of your professions is tied to the outdoors, whether it is in the woods, on the land or on the sea.

There is no better place to go to work than on the stony Maine beach with the fresh wind in your face! As in the tradition I mentioned above, it is truly a profession ruled by the seasons and the weather. Some days are good for collecting sea glass on the shore; some days are better inside by the fire at the jewelry bench.

All the sea glass I use is true sea glass collected off the shore. The only alterations made to the glass has been a good cleaning with fresh water and a tiny hole drilled in just the right spot. Not all of the sea glass I use is collected from Maine nor is it all collected by me. In order to get a good selection of colors and enough inventory to come up with earring matches, I buy and trade with other sea glass collectors. Most of the sea glass is from the northern Atlantic ocean.

The other components in my work are also nature inspired. I use real silver ( at least partially or completely from recycled sources) real leather, real stone, real glass etc. I also use recycled fine silver/fair trade beads, recycled glass beads and vintage charms found at various places like a Maine yard sale or auction. You will never see plastic, plastic coated metal, silver plated things, or laboratory created components in my work.

My jewelry is made to last and stand the test of time, but if it ever got discarded, it would blend right back into the land from whence it came.

So please enjoy my work, whether you are just looking or if you would like to make a purchase. Either way, you are getting a glimpse of the beauty and the way of life in Maine and of a true Mainer. Like my forefathers, I use the resources that are available to me according to the seasons.


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