Aren’t these great?! These are the beads from the Bead around the world swap, in which I participated at the beginning of the year. All of the beaders except Sylvia are in Europe (mostly Germany). I made the bead at the lower left, specified my colors and finished size (I was pretty flexible), and the other beaders surprised me with a bead to complement my starter bead.
Now I get to make them into a necklace. I purchased some Chinese crystal when I was bead shopping in Los Angeles with Sylvia — I think I bought some that will work.