Here is another bead crochet experiment, and I think it turned out pretty well. I used size 10 gold-colored thread (which I think I got at Michael’s), a D crochet hook (3.25mm), and 17 - 10mm lampwork beads (these were made by DD Hess) in shades of purples and garnet. I formed the hook with some brass wire too. This was actually pretty easy to do, so here is a quickie tutorial for you.
Since the holes in these beads are fairly large, just thread the crochet thread through all 17 beads, and push them way down onto the spool of thread.
Row 1: Do the chain stitch until you have about 21 inches worth.
Row 2: Single crochet down the entire chain.
Row 3: Do 10 single crochets, then slide one bead down and up against the last stitch. *Do 5 single crochets, and moved a bead, and repeat from * until you’ve pushed all the beads down. Finish with about 10 (or so) single crochet stitches until you get to the end.
At this point, you should have a few inches on either end that has no beads on it. Fold these over, and stitch the ends against the crocheted material you’ve just made by using a sewing needle threaded with more of the crochet thread.
You can either purchase a prefabricated hook or you can make your own using a little wire. I used 21-gauge brass dead-soft wire to make my hook.