Here are the wonderful glass beads I received from javastain. Thanks so much, I love all of them. They are a lot brighter than what the picture shows. (Here is a scanned picture, I'm too lazy to get out the digital camera)
I got a glass bead kit from Hobby Lobby a while ago. They are $170, I think, but you can get a 40% off tichet on thier website. I think it was perfect for a beginner, and a reasonable price. The glass rods are expensive, but so are glass beads, so it all evens out.