I think that crimping may be the perfect way to "crimp" on beads! By crimping and leaving space...you save....and still get a great look:
I used one of my dichroic glass beads as thefocal point and added star of david charms in the first crimped section
love the use of swarovsky beads with other beads
For my second one, I used an old patera setting that I made quite some time ago - metal clay over polymer clay. Love the vintage glass beads in this one.
Have a few more ideas in mind for crimping. Thinking a pair of crimped earrings would go great as well!