The "Rings and Things" bead show comes to town twice a year and I always go when I can. Admittedly, I have beads I have bought from them 3 years ago that I still haven't used, but it doesn't stop me from buying more. This year I REALLY held back and only bought 3 strands ... but these I HAD to have. The red skulls are dyed Magnesite. I plan to use those for bead work that will dangle from the spine of handmade books.
The beads above are Fired Agate with Black Matrix, 16mm. Yes, they do look rather like dirty little golf balls, but they way the light hits the irregular faucets is beautiful ... had to have them.