So many times I find myself crawling around examining every square inch of floor and counter space with no success in finding that one little piece. All the while the gremlins are laughing because they are hiding the piece. Then weeks later while I'm down again looking for another dropped piece, a piece from long ago will be there right under my chair where I'd looked and looked for it in vain.
Annette, You are not alone. This head-down, posterior-up posture is
called “The Jeweler’s Position” and it is well-known to anyone who
solders, sets stones, or otherwise tempts Murphy. I long ago gave up
on finding dropped pieces immediately unless they were cooperative
enough to start a small and unobtrusive fire. I know that in a day
or two those “lost” items will appear magically in plain sight. A
year or two ago on Orchid I put forth the theory that there is a
"Jewelers’ Dimension," as yet unexplained by science, where small
items like you describe hide until some unknown force rolls them out
into clear view. Anyone have a better explanation?