For Donna's class we were making what she titles Beadpod Pins.
Then made a cane to cover the smaller pods sticking out from the main pod.
Kathi and I, the two self proclaimed "caners" in the class promptly both made ours "WRONG", LOLOL.
Instead of keeping the black on one side and the white on the other, we both did ours with black on top and white on bottom, making the "design" "flat", rather than rectangular.
See, black on one side, white on the other, LOL.
Then it's cut and combined until a plug of roughly the right size is made. This is used as a veneer, not as a large piece of cane. Narrow slices are cut off of it and placed on the pod/bead.
Wires are placed in the smaller bead pods and they are cured so they are firm enough to not squish when "shoved" into the main pod.
My final 2 bead pods, not quite finished, as they still need the backs, pins, and "antiquing". Mine are also MUCH smaller than Donna makes hers, but that's just my preference.