After drooling over the instructions for months and then worrying about how long it was going to take, and if I could actually do it, I finally made a "conch" shell bead today. Actually, I made two! I was surprised that it didn't take too long. They're in the kiln now, so I don't know if they will be all right, but I think so. It was so much fun!
Now...on to goddess beads...LOL!