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Here's a step by step pictoral lesson on how to make Natasha Designs. If there is anything you don't understand, please email me

Kathy Rue, from Polymer Clay Express and I came up with this different way to explain the Natasha bead about 2 in the morning, a couple months ago! Hope you like it!

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1. I've started with two colors, red and blue. I will make a very large bead to help illustrate this process.
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2. I made a log from the blue and I'm going to cover it with the red!
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3.You can see the blue all covered with Red. The example in the rear is used to illustrate what it looks like inside the sample I just made!
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4. Now I'm going to TWIST this log from 3 to 5 times. You can see how this ripples the line made from the meeting of the two colors of clay in the inside example!
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5. Square up this lump of clay, or I should say, rectangle up this lump of clay!
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6. Slice the rectangle in half lengthwise.
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7. Slice it again making 4 equal parts.
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8.I've put X's on the tops of each piece. I'm hoping this will make it easier to see what I"m doing!
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9. Take section 1 and start peeling it back like it was a banana.
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10. Keep peeling!
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11. Keep peeling, remember where the "X" is.
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12. Lift the bottom up so that the "X" side is now on the bottom.
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13.Slide this back into it's original position, but you have turned it inside out and upside down!
Picture 14 14. From the top you can see 3 sections with "X"'s haven't been moved yet, but our first one has been! Picture 15 15. Now turn one quarter turn to the right and start peeling the next piece!
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16. Peel it down!
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17. Slide it back into it's place.
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18. We are actually half done with this, see two "X's" left.
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19. Another quarter turn, start peeling.
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20. Keep peeling down.
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21. Pull up the bottom and slide it into place.
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22. Three down and one to go!
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23. Quarter turn, Peel.
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24. Peel, Lift
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25. Slide back in place
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26. Your basic moves are done!
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27. All the pieces have been moved, don't squeeze too tight yet!
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28. All the edges might not meet up right yet, so we will now straighten up the edges!
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29. Start from the top of each side nad match up the pattern so that it is even on both sides.
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30. Work your way down to the bottom of each side, being sure to hold on to all 4 pieces while your straightening up each seem.
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31. Blend the seams together, I use the needle tool from Kemper for almost everything!
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32. Square up the bead with a brayer, or roll it out like a log if you prefer!
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33.And there is your bead! We'll it's a little big, but I thought it would be easier to see! Look for the Natasha Project sheet comeing soon!

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