These just seem right for the piece I am working on. They are made of steel, muslin, and embroidery thread. Here’s how the wire core looks.
Seems all innocent in this photo. I tear strips of the muslin; I love that it is a humble fabric. I wind it around the wire pieces. Twisting the fabric when working near the center of the wires creates the hump in the center of the finished beads.
Then I stitched and wound embroidery floss and sealed them with fray check. They are going with one of the pendants in this post. Still don’t know what is next.