Forward 20 years and we have now available to us, PERMANENT GALVANIZED BEADS!!! I have a few tubes but I find myself holding back because of experiences passed.... So as I gathered beads to make netted pumpkin earrings I grabbed galvanized ORANGE and knowing I would need to stiffen it with fingernail polish, one of the very worst ways to see a bead lose it's color, I beaded them up first. They are a little smaller than a 50 cent piece and so shiney!
The pattern is available in my Etsy shop here:
I will get over the fear by using them. It's nice to have such a cool bead shop here in Redding to teach at. The Beadman carries so many of the newest colors and styles of seed beads, and they get more all the time.