Cut the sausage in to equal sized pieces. This will help your beads to be roughly the same size.
Roll each piece in to a ball and flatten.
I do this by squashing the ball in the centre and then gently squeezing around the edge to level the clay. This will give you a square edge.
Press the tool in to the clay at the edge and then roll the tip towards the centre of the bead to make an indent.
Do this at opposite sides around the edge until you have petals.
Flip the bead and putting your tool in the groove from the first side, roll around to the centre again to create petals on the second side.
Take a skewer or your favourite hole making implement. Pierce centrally in between two petals through to the other side so that the point just pokes through the clay. (I find it’s easier to look at the bead edge on while doing this to make sure the skewer goes through level.
Take out the skewer and pierce from the opposite side to join the first hole and push all the way through. Working like this gives you a neater hole, and also gives you the chance to correct any lining up mistakes from the first poke.
With the bead still on the skewer, take a ball stylus tool and poke a ring of dots in the centre of the flower. Poke another ring inside that, and continue until the centre is filled.
Leave the clay to harden a little and then if there are any cracks around the hole, you can clean these up with a damp paintbrush before leaving to dry completely.
When they are dry, these go in to the kiln for a bisque firing. Next they are glazed, the glaze is wiped from the front surfaces to create a nice contrast and highlight the centres, and they are fired again to full temperature.
If you’re trying this in polymer, I think you could get some great effects with inks and pastes, and I’d love to see what you create if you try!