It gets expensive and life consuming from there on out...but oh, how many hours of creative enjoyment it's brought. As the latecomer to beading/jewelry making, I had missed out on every free-form beading class imaginable by then, but Colleen (aka The Boss...aka The Bead Metaler) re-taught a class just for me a few years back. Sadly (but actually SO lucky for me), I was the ONLY one to sign up to bead a rock that day - not a little rock, either, but a 4" X 3" X 1-1/2" rock...a throwing rock! What a wonderful canvas it provided and, should I ever really need to launch it at someone's head, the beads should soften the blow...at least aesthetically speaking!
"Bead", she said, so bead I did! Lots and lots of free-form techniques were learned that day - PROBABLY the best class I've taken because, in a "7 degrees of separation way", it all relates back to this very rock. GREAT teacher, my Boss....great FRIEND, my Colleen!