The hemp is a material that can be tensioned into a four yarn lay rope as in this example and it holds a nice firm shape. The hemp is ordinary craft store variety stock that comes on those 20 yard balls. Lays up on the rope machine to form a 60" length of stock about 3.5 mm diameter.
Beads have to be reamed out with a drill to accommodate this heavier cord.
Being polymer clay the center holes can be made as large as necessary. Texture is made with a de-husked black walnut.
Poly beads are cut with a plastic core from a dental floss dispenser and cored with a straw.
design and photographs copyright 2016