I got this idea from Kelli, who has become a friend (even though we've never met) :O) I've written about her before. She lives in Indianna and our online friendship started through etsy. Anyhow...You can see more of her work at my website. With that said, I started making beads by tracing beach stones. My husband is like, "Why don't you just make a ball and press it into shape?" Never thought of that I guess ;o) Actually, I'm liking my method because they are imperfect and have an edge to them more than they would if I started with a ball. Here's a few pics of them incomplete, one that I made for a customer and one that Kelli put into a necklace.... What'd'ya think?