Favecraft link here http://mariesegal.blogspot.com/2011/03/fave-crafts-blog-hop-march-15th.html I messed up and posted the wrong link :-(
You will need:
Clay slicing blade
The ball of red clay is about 3/4" or a little smaller.
Roll a 2" length of the cane you made in to a 3/8" coil and slice off little pieces. These are about 1/16" in thickness.
The ball will pretty much be covered with slices.
I like to leave the lines in the beads between the slices and the backgrounds, it looks more like the real African trade beads made out of glass.
Pierce with a bamboo skewer by drilling through one side and when the tip shows a little, drill it out of the bead.
Then drill through the other side and the same hole.
Using the same size slices add two at a time to the bead and then add two right next to that row but in the spaces between the other slices.
I leave the bead on the skewer so I do not distort the hole or the bead.
Cardboard is the same texture as the baked clay.
Place the slices all over the surface of the red ball and then gently roll the bead at first and then roll a little faster and with more pressure from your palms.
I roll this bead until the surface is smooth with no lines from the slices showing.
Roll this ball in to a teardrop.
Here are the beads so far, I have one more to show you.
Slice the cane slices as thick as the diameter of the cane rod.
Bake all of the beads on a piece of cardboard in a 275 degree F. pre-heated oven for 30 minutes. Shut off the oven and let the beads cool in the oven until you can touch them or place them hot out of the oven in other to a bowl of ice water to cool.
Next, a cane pattern???
Part 3 http://mariesegal.blogspot.com/2011/03/african-trade-beads-part-3.html