Two years ago I was fortunate to take a class from Beverly Gilbert at the Art & Soul retreat in Portland, Oregon. Beads on Metal was a fun class where we learned so much: cutting metal, stamping it with letters, aging it with liver of sulphur, sandwiching pieces with hand-made rivets, and finally, decorating them with interwoven strands of beads. Beverly was a thorough and patient teacher, and a real talent. We used many types and sizes of seed beads in different colors.
Beverly has started her own line of what she calls "Bead Soups." She's done the mixing of beads and colors in such a yummy way. You can see her collection here, on her website. I bought a few of her soups, and have made a couple multi-strand necklaces with them. Here's my latest creation. This one uses her Silver Sand bead soup.