My friend Sally is making Kumihimo and was talking about how hard it is to get focal beads with a hole big enough to put all the cords through. I made her a couple samples out of scrap clay to try. The holes only have to be a little bigger than what I make in the Pandora style polymer clay beads. I'll probably make some more only making them a little better if she thinks they would suit.
I'm working on making a figurine of a cat. I have a dvd with a demo of making one. Hope I can make mine half as cute as theirs. I know I'll have to make a few of them so they look good.