* Note, I didn't follow the instructions exactly as Rebekah gave in her tutorial. Like I said, her technique gave me an idea of my own to try. This is what I did.
I picked out some colors that I thought would look good together; royal blue, purple, yellow, orange and dusty pink. I don't have a clay dedicated food processor as suggested in the original post so I used my clay blade to chop it all up into small chunks, mixing the colors all together. (All of this clay had been previously conditioned)
Next, I added some white acrylic paint and mixed it all up, covering all the pieces. I set them aside for a few minutes to dry.
Once the paint was dry, I picked up small amounts of clay and pressed it firmly together. I formed my beads into small cubes by pushing it against my work surface on all sides. After I was pleased with the shape, I pierced a small hole through the bead using a needle.
Then they went into the oven for an hour. I wasn't sure of the brand of clay, Premo or Fimo, it may have been a combination of both. Since both of these brands have different curing temps and times, I decided to bake them at 275 degrees Fahrenheit. I tented the beads with a piece of foil to prevent burning.
Once the beads cooled, I wet sanded them with a very course grit sandpaper. After I had removed all the paint I could, I switched to a finer course paper. This is the result. Some of the white paint remained in between the different pieces of clay, resulting in a mosaic look.
If you work with polymer and have a stash of old, hard clay then why not give this (or one of Rebekah's techniques) a try for yourself? You could even use old canes that have become dry and brittle. The results just may surprise you!