Oh how I love making beaded beads! They can be almost soothing to make. Once you know how to make them, all you have to do is pick colors. Follow the instructions, until you know the structure of the bead (and maybe the math behind it), and then do what you want (of course you don't have to follow all the instructions.......).
And the cool thing is, if you use the right colors and sizes of beads, they don't have to look "vintage." You can even bead a bead that looks a little like lampwork glass. For anyone who wants instructions for the dodecahedron beads, go here: www.rightangleweave.com.
The instructions are practically foolproof!