Girls: You MUST do this tutorial! I made two last night and they are gorgeous (sadly I have no scanner or digi camera to show my work). The first I made with black faceted glass beads (outside layer), amethyst ghost 4 mm druks (very pale purple with aurora borealis coating on one side) (inside layer), and tiny purple seed pearls. It's gorgeous.
The second is made from 6 mm amber glass faceted beads, 4 mm citrine glass faceted beads, and black iris seed beads, with turquoise chips as the focal center.
Each one takes an hour or less.
As for wire gauge, for both frames I used 18 ga square tinned copper wire (just cause I have it) wrapped around the handle of my rolling pin. For stringing, on the first one I used 26 ga sterling silver, which was a little too hard to work with. So on the second one I used 34 ga art wire, but I fear it's not strong enough. I'm going to look for some 30 ga wire this weekend.