This is a bracelet I made years ago using odds and ends of beads. It is still one of my favorites, but I felt it would benefit from an update using a few balled and paddled head pins, as well as a different toggle. It also was missing a bead on one of the head pins.
While restringing, the silver beads and findings were cleaned up a bit. BUT, that is when I found that many of the beads and findings that I purchased at a street fair as being sterling silver were actually plated base metal. I even went back to the packages where I keep a few of the beads with the labels, and yes, they are labeled "sterling silver." I was upset to lose the six cute little clapper bells, but since there were already Bali spacer beads on the bracelet, small Bali ones made nice replacement dangles. Lesson learned: Purchase from established, reputable dealers.