Thread is dcm metallic gold 282, beads are superduo opaque red capri gold 2.5x5mm, rocaille miyuki 15/0 metallic bronze, seed beads 9/0 col.9250 metallic green gold.
I used to use a tiny wire as an helper to pass the thread into beads' holes, but it's often breaking and I also had difficulties passing the hook in the same teeny place of the wire, often resulted in wearing the metallic thread. Last spring I bought a teeny-weeny knit-picker, here at Tombolo e Disegni di Gianfranca Tolloi, the Italian name is "rimagliatore", but really I didn't need it, I was just curious how -if- it could have been useful in tatting, just because my friends use it in bobbin lace.
I must say it's great! I have rings with long picots that have to pass through 2 superduo holes and one seed bead, so I first needed to try them out, guess a measure and then find the right gauge,
I've already tatted one matching earring.
( http://etiquette.wanderbat.com/l/5/China - interesting travel site)