This is a beaded ball, or squareish, not-particularly round thing...done with 15mm paua shell cabs, bronze-color Delicas, and size 15 seed beads in black and silver lined turquoise, and 3m Swarovski bicones.
These are the cabs I wrote about a few blogs ago. The ones that decided that they would make a break for it. As I was forming the beaded cabs into the "ball", one popped out, then his neighbor decided to join him. Then I swore heartily at them. Then I ripped apart half the smiling damned thing and stitched them back into place.
Worth the trouble? Totally :)