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Natasha Bead




The Natasha Bead, or pattern, is a wonderful way to use left over clay. The end result is a kaleidoscope pattern that is always a pleasant surprise, and can be used in a variety of ways.

The first thing you want to do is pack the scraps of clay into a tight ball and roll it out into a thick snake with your hands.



Take the snake and begin twisting it back and forth as if you are wringing it out. The more times you do this, the more detail your end result will have.




Take an acrylic roller and flatten out all four sides so that you have a long rectangle.





With a craft knife, slice all the way through the entire length of the rectangle so that you have four equal sections.








Pull one of the quarters away from the rest.




Flip it over and turn it upside down as shown. What was once inside the middle is now the upside down outer edge.



Do the same thing to the other three quarters.


The end result will have its own unique pattern. You can use the entire creation as one large bead, or slice off layers to use as a veneer. Or if you do not like the first result you can also start all over again by twisting the clay like you did before and try again.