My newest creation is a self-supporting beaded bead.
I think this could be my most expensive one yet, based on the materials alone...
The beads used were turquoise, wood, and silver for the base, which I then surface embellished with size 8/0 marble-finish, 11/0 black matte, and 15/0 black opaque.
A self-supporting beaded bead is formed by the size of the larger beads, combined with thread tension, without any base or other bead on the inside. My next issue is how to showcase it. I've already started a tubular Ndebele rope in black opaque 11/0s, and so far so good. I'll have to post it when it's completed. I only had the beaded bead in mind when I purchased these materials, and didn't foresee how I was going to finish the project... I may have to go get more turquoise from the same supplier (which bugs me, 'cause I really don't want to buy retail anymore, and I haven't found an acceptable wholesaler, yet...).
I really like the way this piece turned out, it has a bit of an ethnic flair to it. I can't wait to see it finished!