I don't think that I really fell in love with pit firing until I strung my first bracelet with pit fired beads from that original firing and saw how lovely the grays and blacks looked with silver spacers and findings. Once that first bracelet was strung together, those beads took on a new life that continues to charm and inspire me. I am pleased to say that that very first pit fired bead bracelet belongs now to a good friend of mine who truly loves it as well. I don't think I could have parted with it otherwise. I have since made more but that first one stands out in my mind as a sentinel and a peak experience in my journey of making clay beads.