Do you have some materials that you hesitate to use because you worry you can’t do them justice? I do! But at the same time, those are the things I want to use because it’s the jewelry I want to see and wear. So, I took the plunge with a few things.

I got this fun and interesting four sided animal bead from Andrew Thornton: Project Destash.

I’ve tried it with a few things, but nothing really clicked until I put them with a strand of green vaseline glass beads. I wanted to bring in more metal, so I also used some large, hollow metal bicones. 

I really like it.

One of the things I’ve hesitated using is a short strand of the most beautiful pearls I’ve ever owned.

I also got these from Andrew Thornton’s destash. I finally got some beautiful bali silver beads, some focal sized (also from the destash) that I thought I could use with these.

I also used some faceted labradorite, sterling spacers, and darker pearls. I got the sterling spacers from Famous Vintage Bead Hoard Liquidation Destash. These days when it can be hard to find good sterling supplies – and afford them – I feel lucky to have a little stash.

I wasn’t sure about it at first because I really just wanted more of the gorgeous grey pearls. But I wore it the other day and really thought it looked nice. 

It can be difficult to use our most precious beads because we don’t think we can do them justice. But it’s fun to try, and it’s even more fun when it works out.