Vintage Nail Heads.

Q: I finally have gotten around to creating a web page to show off my collection of nail heads. I know they are not truly beads, but they do have holes so it counts in my book.

A: Hmmm, wondered what you meant by this? Then, I started to write the definition of a bead, and realized it included buttons, and then sequins. When I show my relatives a 'Mavis' lampworked mermaid, they agree, "That is not a bead!" To me, it is, and nailheads count in my book, too. Guess what's a bead is in the eye of the beadholder. Say, I have some of green lustre-ish ones. I wonder if we got them from the same guy. Stone Mountain Colorado? I have some of the smaller blackish ones, too, and even a few flowers (Carol, if we ever meet up, do not leave me alone with your nailheads. I try to be good...but...well, I have certain weaknesses). Do you think the larger ones were used in jewelry (e.g., the watches. I've seen them, but never considered them nailheads until now, I guess those double holed flowers and leaves would count too)? I think she got most of the small ones and the green lusterish-ones from me, and I got them from my local bead store (who got them from a client). Such is the history of beads. Agreed. Yesterday, I was playing around with my kiln and successfully made holes in some fused glass pieces. Granted, they are flat on the back, but they do have the required hole to qualify as a bead by my definition. Ain't that the truth! Many of my "beady buddies" have sent me "mini-bead" presents. Right now, I have 3 tiny tubes of tiny beads in front of my monitor which came from a friend who thought of me when she saw them at 'Embellishment'. Not long before the shows, Joan sent me the tiniest lampwork I've yet seen: flowers, buds, and leaves made by her. Quite recently, Mavis sent me two beautiful minis she made: a mermaid, and a fairy each just a bit over an inch in size. Though I think each has been busy with other projects, y'all have quite a treat in store when they start bringing these to auction.