Anyway, I'm a glutton for punishment I guess and I separated all my beads and started again. This time I used 6 lb Fireline DOUBLED for the entire piece. I figured better safe then sorry. It came out really pretty and much chuckier than I had imaged. I typically wear simple pieces so on Christmas Eve I wore this with a simple white blouse and black slacks. Boy did it stand out. I received many compliments and no one could believe I made it. I even had someone place an order for two bracelets I made - thanks Nikki!!
I'm not sure I will ever make this again. It was very time consuming and used tons of beads which add up after a while. However, it's a special "statement" piece that I will always cherish!