A great selection of prong bails and briolette caps in various finishes (silver, gunmetal, etc.)
Which, of course, meant that I needed a selection of crystals to go with them. Swarovski De-Art pendants in two different sizes and 3 colors: crystal AB, silver shade and Montana blue.
And one really whopping silver shade De-Art crystal pendant. It may be a bit bigger in real life than I thought it was - I seem to have a size perception problem when I order beads on-line. It doesn't matter if I have a chart handy and the sizes are listed, I'm continually surprised by bead being either larger or smaller in real life than I had imagined from their photos. It's something wonky with my brain-eye connection, I'm sure.
So, why did I pick these items to order when I could've gotten anything in the catalog? I kinda sorta have an idea based on a vague memory of an illustration from a Hans Christian Andersen book I had as a child.
That's all the hint you get - we'll see if I can make this come to life.