I have recently learned how much time and effort goes into weaving seed beads (especially if you are left handed and just don't learn the weaves easily). And I have learned that if I am going to put this much time an effort into something, I don't want to use cheap or even average beads. I want something special, something really beautiful, and for me, that means the matte metallic (or Raku) Toho beads.
The picture did not do these beads justice! They are beautiful. I am working on freeform beading right now and I plan to purchase more so that I can incorporate them with the Czech Picasso 4mm rounds that I purchased.