|Sea-beans on the windward shore of Big Sand Cay|
|My collection of sea-beans from Big Sand Cay|
Sea-beans are quite hard and buoyant, which helps them survive their long-distance voyage.
|The front view of Deana's Lucky Seaheart|
|Back view of Deana's Lucky Seaheart|
We have about 20 sea-beans that we have collected in the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos. I found a sea-bean website that I referenced to write this story. I learned a lot of things about sea-beans.
One thing I wanted to know was how to polish sea-beans. You will need dry sandpaper with varying degrees of "coarseness" and "smoothness." Grit numbers 120, 180, 220, 400, 600 and 1500 are suggested. Cut the large sheets into smaller, easy-to-handle ones. Begin polishing with the coarse grits, progressively using finer and finer grits until a high, polished sheen is developed. Try to select beans free from deep pits, "dents" or other irregularities! The bean can be buffed with the "back" of the 1500 grit sandpaper and then apply light coat of furniture wax. Each bean can take up to five or more hours of sanding, polishing and buffing. So, it remains to be seen how many beans will actually get polished on Genesis!
|LuLu checking out my collection of sea-beans from Big Sand Cay|