This is one of my first pieces posted. One day a noticed beads on the floor in my office. It was falling apart. Since then I have found there are several places that it is broken. Why? I didn't reinforce this piece at all. Why not? Because none of my beading books have emphasized the need to reinforce your pieces. Recently I've been investing in classes and the pay-off has been marked. I just wish I'd learned to do this before I lost pieces I really loved.