Recently, I went to a local bead show. Normally, I don’t expect to find any antique beads at this show because most of the beads are for new seed beads for traditional bead work. But I was pleasantly surprised by one stand that carried some older crafting materials. Amongst the bead needles and seed beads were a packet of vintage enameled bead caps. They date back to the late 60s and are still quite vibrant. Others have some enamel loss but I thought they nonetheless added to the charm of the caps.
After much searching in my bead boxes, I finally found some gray pearls to go with these bead caps. These pearls were made in France in th early 50s and have a wonderful shine. I haven’t quite made up my mind if they will turn into a bracelet or necklace but I’m excited!