Anna Jour's hollow bead - use paper tissues for the base - make a tight paper ball , then cover with clay, make holes and bake. After baking soak the beads in water and remove the paper using a skewer or a needle, or a crochet hook.
DIY: Faux Stone Bracelets from Salt Dough Tutorial...I can't believe how real the "turquoise" bracelet looks. Great craft to do with your kids!
Polymer Clay Beads
Alma Stoller: how to make polymer clay beads. Different technique, no cane
Nice idea with lots of threads! Love it
DIY Clay Bead Necklace
Learn to make your own clay beads with this step by step tutorial!
Faux stone beads are an interesting way to preserve dried flowers given or bought on special occasions-- births, weddings, romantic dates, anniversaries, graduations, "coming of age" parties, prom nights, or (on a sadder note) funerals.