I like to use Ultra Light clay to make the inside (core) of my beads to cut down on the weight of my big beads and big necklace. So, here it is. I slide a thick slab out of about 1/2" thick.
I cut the slab in half then cut into pieces like so. I do not measure them. If you want a perfectly uniform beads, you can measure and then cut.
Roll each piece into a ball between the palm of you hand, set aside.
Roll a sheet of black clay, or any color clay that you want. I roll it fairly thin.Wrap the black clay around the Ultra Light balls. Roll the beads between the palm of your hands till all the seams disappear.
I then slice the cane into very thin slices, arrange them around the black beads. Roll the bead till the cane slices embedded into the surface. Let the beads set for a while before make a hole through it, then bake accordingly.
All of the tutorials are free. Some were my own idea, some were inspired by other Artists. If you want to put them somewhere else, please let me know, or just credit me in some way. Thanks. I will start putting more tutorials on my blog. I am still taking care of my daughter but got more time to clay and play. The Polymer Clay community had been given me all the supports I need so I can get through my day. Enjoy the tutorail and there will be more to come.
I started making Polymer clay beads in 2005. I sold my first batch and started sending them out to the bead stores and bead shows. I started a blog to share my experieces with polymer clay and started a tutorial blog to show how I make some of my beads.