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African Trade Beads- Part 11

Remember this cane

http://mariesegal.blogspot.com/2011/04/african-trade-beads-part-8.html

I am going to share with you how to make this center piece above.

I also use this technique to do these earrings below.

So get some of the cane from African trade beads part 8, I like the canes with stripes on the outside for this technique.

Roll the cane down to 1/4″ in diameter and cut 1/4″ sections.

Separate the sections and place them about 1/8″ apart.

 One in the middle and 6 around the outside.

Take your time and place them all the same distance apart. If you are doing the ring of canes that you see int he earrings about I set the canes right next to each other in a circle.

Look closely there is a piece of Plexiglas over the canes that were set out. Press down evenly and flatten to about 1/8″ thick.

I also have the canes sitting on a work surface or a marble top when I do this.

Peel off of the surface that the canes stick to or run your clay slicing blade under it to remove from the surface.

It is thin, see!

Using a knitting needle poke the hole where you would like it to be!

You can move the point in little circles to widen it.

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