Pierrick takes us through the process of modeling a bead necklace in this four-part tutorial.
After a question posted on community cookie by Knuckle Head, I found the answer was a good theme to create a tutorial serie. This little "course" is opened to beginers and will allow you to create an average shader with Cycles.
I wish you could join the community cookie and post your result in this topic.
Community cookie is a great place if you have any question or want to forward ideas you got from blendernation for exemple.
Source files are available in the topic and in the videos' descriptions.
Have fun with it, looking forward for plenty of nice necklace artwork!