This is another variation on the round Natasha bead. Again as the bead gets turned inside out, this is all about making an interesting middle. This method uses an extruded string, but I am sure it will work equally well with a bullseye cane reduced so that it is long and thin. I’d also like to try this method with a jellyroll cane (send me your results if you try it!)
First a note about what to expect when extruding clay.
This diagram illustrates what happens when a stack of different coloured disks are extruded: each colour forms a layer around the whole snake so the end of the snake will have concentric circles made from all the colours. This is why the whole extruded string has the first colour that comes out of the extruder (i.e. the bottom of the stack when loading the extruder). If you have a large stack, the outer circles at the end of the snake will be really thin and the colours will blend together.
(See my previous post about how to make a round Natasha bead.)
Now you can pierce the bead, bake and finish it as you choose. I sanded and polished mine to a high shine. Incidentally the finished beads have been posted to my Zibbet shop where there are more pictures.