Ever since learning how to use the netting technique to wrap a donut, it's been one of my favorite things to do. They work up *fairly* quickly, and are relatively easy to do. I say *fairly* quickly, because counting is very important in this type of project. Count your beads wrong, and you'll have to start again. Luckily I got this one right the first time, but when I was learning years ago I don't think I got anything right the first time! I actually taught myself - and then about a month later got an issue of Bead and Button with what else on the cover but seed-bead wrapped donuts. Funny how that works.
Anyways, the donut I encased is a genuine swarovski crystal. The cut is stunning, with enough precisely cut facets to make it sparkle to the max. At first I was concerned about covering it up too much, but I kept the weave open enough to see plenty of the shimmer - while still holding it securely inside. I'm quite happy with the result.