Remind me, in the future, when they tell you you can use small beads or chips, use the small beads. Stringing the chips on the necklace part was a huge pita. But they did match the agate slice the best. And they were cheap! Inexpensive, this was an inexpensive necklace to make. I didn't think it was going to be because the pendant was $6.95. I thought everything was going to go up from there, but that really was the main cost.
The first, or maybe second, time I took Beading Boot Camp, I made the most expensive piece in the class. Every week. The problem is that I love color so much, I am often unwilling to compromise on a good match. I don't know what's happened in the intervening years. Maybe my classmates just don't compare prices?
I hope the recipient likes it!