I'm Deb Weller, former owner of AZ Bead Depot. We retired in December 2012 and closed the store after 10+ years in business.
I've been beading for years, starting with a "genuine Indian beading kit" I got with cereal box tops. When I was a teen, heishi, pukka shell and liquid silver beads were the rage. My brother and sisters and I made a ton of those kinds of necklaces. I probably still have one or two of them in a box somewhere.