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To Bead or Not To Bead?

We all know what beads are. Or do we? I have my own definition of beads. I have not only published it a few times, but have been paid (well) to serve as an expert witness in a legal case over what does and does not constitute a bead.

However, my definition is not the only one possible or even the only one to be admitted. Here in graphic form I am presenting another definition, this one of Deborah Zinn (yes, of the Zinn Award). Send me your feedback on this question.

Some of these are found objects, while other ones were made. I don't agree with all of them being classified as beads, but it is an interesting selection. The largest one she sent me (a James Taylor LP with double holes) is displayed in the Center's Library.

I say buttons are buttons, though they might function as beads.
Deborah says, "I don't collect beads. I collect holes."

She made these for the Colorado State Button Society Show in 1998.

Made up your mind yet?

Try some others.

We can agree on these.
These are Deborah's Denim Porcelain beads.

A larger version of this is on display in the Museum of Modern Art,
New York.

Keys have been recorded being
used as beads in New Guinea.

This "pendant" is movable.

Is this a high-tech bead
or something to discard?

My vote for least likely to be a bead. All I can say is "ouch."


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