I thought it would be fun to cut some copper tubing from the hardware store into short lengths and use them as a base for beads. If you want to try this at home, I really suggest you get a tube cutting jig. Makes it so much easier to saw without fear of servering of a finger. ; - )
Full disclosure alert: The idea for using hardware store supplies was inspired by Vicki Cook's fabulous bracelets. I own two of her bangles and a charm made for the 2006 conference swap which I wear on my finger.
Some of the students wanted to put holes in the clay to let the copper show through. I'm hoping they all turn out beautifully. I'll take pics after the firing and let you see.