Nailheads were originally used in the construction of furniture. Primarily, they were used to attach upholstery to the wooden frame. As time went on, they became more decorative. Today, nailheads can still be used in furniture as my friend, Julie, from Project Vintage shows in her re-imagined desk. To attach the nailheads to the desk, she simply tapped them in using a hammer. And while nailheads are still used as a decorative touch in furniture, they are also used to embellish clothing.
What Are Nailheads?
Imagine a shiny decorative metal head with prongs underneath. The number of prongs varies from 2 to 8 based on the size, shape and manufacturer of the nailhead. In addition, the length of the prongs or legs varies as well from 1/16 to 3/16 of an inch. When you are bedazzling a thick material such as denim, or using the nailheads for furniture, you will want the longer leg (prong). You can use the shorter leg nai heads on thinner fabrics.
Also, the size of the decorative head varies in size as well and is available in many different shapes. Browse the internet to find round flat, pearl (cone), star, square, dome, bar, flower or diamond shaped nailheads. Some of the colors are available are black, bronze, silver, gold, gunmetal, copper and antique finishes. You can mix and match shapes, sizes and colors to create your own unique look.
How are Nail heads Used in Clothing
Denim looks especially fresh when embellished with nailheads. Try adding nailheads to jeans jacket for a bold fashion statement. Application of nailheads is easy. If you plan on applying a lot of nailheads, you may want to invest in a bedazzler. Prices start at about $20. However, nailheads can easily be applied by hand as well. Simply insert the prongs into the fabric. Using the flat end of a scissor, bend all the prongs to lay flat against the material. It’s that simple.
So, what are you waiting for to get started? How about free shipping on your first purchase of nail heads from Rhinestones Etc?
Rhinestones Etc has discount pricing on all embellishments and fantastic customer service! Browse the store for the finest selection.
I have been adding bling for over 20 years. Through my projects, I hope you find inspiration.