I've been wanting to try more metalsmithing of sterling jewelry, but my beads keep getting in my way. Beads are easy, readily available (I have tons), and are just comfortable to work with because I've worked with them for so long. I'm still accumulating my metalsmithing tools. I don't feel comfortable yet with the soldering. I'm afraid of ruining even more sterling, and I don't have a lot of metal to work with because of the expense.