But I really cannot get a knack for the invisible join. Authors Bert and Dana Reed have perfectly clear instructions in their book Bead Crochet Jewelry but I end up with this:
My next stop for advice will be Marion Jewels in Fiber. They seem to have lots of resources on tubular bead crochet.
In the mean time, if any of you out there have mastered the invisible join, feel free to share your tips! Does my tension suck? My first row too tight? Ugh.