I was recently in a supply swap with Heather Kelly Marston of Hehebeads. She sent me a wonderful selection of copper findings, enamelled beads, and a fantastic hammered copper swirl with a turquoise flower attached.
The moment I took it out of the package I knew what I would be using it for. We all have our stash of "someday" beads, and when you work in polymer clay, it seems that someday is longer than most "When is he going to be potty trained" periods.
I had several different styles of faux turquoise beads made quite a while ago, and not sure if I was hoarding them, just because I liked how they turned out, or if they were just waiting for the perfect compliment (well, maybe a little of both.). Another time I was playing with my extruder and made some copper and green strings, ropes, tubes (or what ever you want to call them), which turned into swirl beads. Again waiting for the right moment.
They all came together for this necklace. Was thinking of adding some Sari Silk, (also in the hoard section of one of my shelves.), but decided to finish it off with additional swirl beads and copper connectors.
Please consider checking out Heather's site. She has some amazing things available, and at very reasonable prices.