Of course, my studio is not set up for stringing, so I have to hunt through bins looking for wire, crimps, hooks, etc. Can find them all except the crimps. So off to the friendly local bead store ... another MISTAKE. It is their anniversary and everything in the store is 20% off. I tried to be good, really I did, but I found these lovely abalone beads in all sorts of shiny colors ..., they are kinda like potato chips to me.
Got the crimps and was finally able to finish the necklace and earrings to match. I had found another set of beads that I also made up. Now, I am no great shakes at design, so these are rather simple, but I am pleased none the less.