Jan Geisen wrote an article for the December 2011 issue of Polymer Cafe magazine called An Introduction to the Principles of Design. Included with the article were templates and excercises for artists to try. Jill Palumbo sent Jan the above photo showing her experimentation with the templates.
From victoriajamesart.com - "This large (3 inches) bead was done using a Helen Breil technique that was published in September-October 2006 issue of Step-by-Step Beads. A textured sheet of clay is folded over a cord and cut with a curved blade. The bead, still on the cord, can be gently shaped."