So, out came the polymer clay:
I rolled snakes, chopped then up and combined them into a larger snake:
Into my extrduer they went and voila- long, dull grey tubes:
but ye of little faith- look at the ends of them- how fab are they?!?!?
A bit of playing around and I make some flat and pillow beads to add to my ever growing colelction of beads waiting to be strung.
You can learn how to make these beads in Donna Kato's canes book.