Luke stayed home sick from school today and he helped me go through my ugly box to see if there were any beads to salvage with etching. We found a few, even some that made me wonder why I put them in the ugly box in the first place. The ugliest one (in my opinion) was certainly made nicer, so much so that Luke asked me if he could keep it. I think he was just enchanted with the transformation. Of course I let him keep it. Etching does sometimes change the personality of a bead, not always for the better, but often enough. So far, I've only ruined a couple of beads that were nicer before etching, and have only had a few that were still too ugly for words after etching.
Here are some of the ones we saved today: