I was in Chicago, and spent some time visiting with Jan, a beading friend. We went to Ayla’s Originals, and Ayla has some beautiful things. If you like pearls, hers look especially lovely. Seeing Clasmeyer’s clasps in person was a treat. I did buy a couple of things, with this Bob Burkett bead just capturing my attention. He carves insects or animals in wax, and casts these creatures. This is an alloy with some copper in it, I believe, but he works in silver too. This frog is about 15 mm nose to tail, and the hole (created by the frog’s limbs) is slightly less than 4 mm in diameter.