I just started beading recently. My best friend brought me a beautiful pearl necklace from South China last year. It had a twist clasp and I tried to be careful, but it broke in September. I needed to learn how to restring it and wanted to do it right using a different type of clasp, so I looked around on the web for directions, which got me hooked. I started buying beads late in November, and have completed 3 projects so far, with 3 more in the layout stage.