I've been making jewelry for a good portion of my life, ever since I received a jewelry-making kit for Christmas when I was about 10 years old. I've since moved on to working with nicer beads, such as Swarovski crystals, semi-precious stones, and pearls, and sterling silver and gold chains and findings. Even using the better supplies, I can make unique jewelry for a fraction of the cost of what's sold in stores.
I also make my own lampworked beads (heating glass rods with a torch). Some time later in my podcast series I'll share information on lampworking, and show you some of my beads.