Oh happy day! I have my favorite keyring bead again. Years ago I wired it to my keyring to see if the bead would survive. It is about 2 1/4" long and thin, and it survived just fine. The wire has broken several times where it wraps around the keyring, but not the bead. I had been making a lot of long, thin beads then, and was asked all the time how strong they were. I think I proved they are not fragile at all! Over a year ago, it disappeared. Last weekend, a friend saw it on the floor of my car! (We won't say anything about how often I clean my car.) Once again, the wire had broken. This time I used two lengths of wire to attach it- we will see if that works any better. I always liked how 'clean' the bead is, and how the cane wraps around it. I was not trying to wind it evenly; I wanted it to look like a natural vine. I had grown attached to it, and really missed it. I am happy that it came back to me!
While I was sorting all my stone beads and pearls, I found these black pearls and immediately thought they would look good with my black hollow boro beads. I like the contrast between the rough, jagged pearls and smooth beads. So after taking a color theory class and sorting all my beads by color, I ended up making a black necklace!
Ok, I give up! I bought another drawer unit for my stone beads. I now have 9 drawers full, each color in its own drawer. The pearls are in their own drawer unit, and another unit is full of seed beads. I discovered I have too many green stone beads. Why, I have no idea. That is not one of my favorite colors, so I don't know why I bought so many. Now I need to figure out a way to sort them by shades. Will this never end?
The cases on top are full of silver beads, silver findings, copper findings, etc. I could spend days and days sorting and organizing!