DIY Clay Beads ~ made over a paper clip! - Roll polymer clay around wire then impress images with rubber stamps. After baking, fill in the stamped areas with paint and wipe away the excess. When the paint is dry apply Distress Inks and heat set.
Many different tutorials Polymer clay Tutorials for canes. Take a peak to get the basics. Difference between the glass beads I make and poly-clay is that it's more forgiving, and everything doesn't happen in 5 seconds at over a degree torch.