I really love Judith Bertolgio-Giffin's instructional booklets. They have great diagrams, clear step by step pictures and inspiring galleries. I've had the pleasure of working with Judith on the Bead Cruise and seeing some of her work in person. I have both of Judith's books and highly recommend them. (Lariat necklace by Judith)
Janice Abarbanel offers a bead crochet DVD on her website along with findings for your bead crochet creations, like the end caps shown here. (Necklace and art bead pendant by Janice Abarbanel.)
Try the EZ Bead Changer, pictured above, to feature your favorite art beads on a crocheted rope! (Bead and necklace from Janice.)
You can use art beads that are called sliders, they feature very large holes and are more like rings. The one pictured above is from BluHealer Glass, bracelet by Beverly Herman. Any bead with a larger hole will work as a focal bead, you just need to be able to pass the needle and thread through the bead several times. For bracelets you don't need a clasp. They are a little stretchy and will roll over your wrist.
"Tiny seed beads, are you kidding?" I can hear you already! Use the larger size 8 seed beads to get started. They are easier to work with and take less time to crochet.