Sorry Theresa, just making sure!
I bet you could come up with a design that works by experimenting with cheap wire. I think you'd probably need to use pretty small gauge (24 gauge, maybe?) and then use the standard ring technique, but experiment with wrapping in several small beads to see what works.
I'm really busy right now trying to finish a book, but by May I should be free again to do some experimenting of my own, and I'll see what I can come up with, too. If I do figure something out, I'll post it as a project.