Preciosa Ornela pellet beads are perhaps off putting to some beaders. Their drum-like shapes requires some creative thinking.  The best approach is to take advantage of their narrow waists. You can see some of my designs using pellet beads here and here (blue earrings).

One good tip is to show off their outer flat sides like they were round discs. This easy soutache and pellet bead bracelet tutorial by one of Preciosa-Ornela's designers is a wonderful example. The tutorial link to their site is a dead one but the instructions I linked to are on the Fire Mountain Gems site.

Also great start to soutache if you are not familiar with it.

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