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I have now finished my polymer clay focal beads for week 39 of my Spectrum Year (see the WIP in my previous post). The beads are thick slices of stylised flower cane. I drilled two parallel holes so they could either be used double stranded in something like a bracelet, or if only one hole was used for a necklace it would be off centre so the beads would not flip over.

Flower cane bead by Cate van Alphen

Flower cane bead by Cate van Alphen

They are a bit clumsy in comparison to what I had imagined. My slicing is still not very accurate – the lines framing the picture are wobbly and the bead slices themselves are not very straight or even. I think I could do with a cane slicer šŸ˜‰

Flower cane beads by Cate van Alphen

Flower cane beads by Cate van Alphen

I suspect they would be improved with some sanding, but it will probably be ages before I get round to doing that. They are an inch square so they count as focal beads by my definition šŸ™‚

Polymer clay focal bead by Cate van Alphen

Polymer clay focal bead by Cate van Alphen

P.S. The flower background is actually pale dove grey, not just poorly exposed photography.

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