I just discovered that making tube beads can be fun and very simple. Covered toothpicks with scrap clay and covered it with rectangular slices of canes. Used slices from kaleidoscope canes that I made some time back. Pulled out the toothpicks using gentle turning movements and curved the pieces by holding them at the ends and baked to make the slightly curved pendants. Added the hooks and strings along with a bead here and a bead there. Here are the pictures of some such beads that I made yesterday.