I'm back in Margo Knights class at Spruill Center for the Arts for the spring term. For our first class, Margo demoed raked star beads. The concept is simple: start making a disc bead with two or three layers of class. instead of continuing to add layers, add dots around the edge of the disc. Build up as many layers of complimentary colors as desired. When you are satisfied with the layers, heat just the area to be moved, then rake towards the center of the bead with a metal rake or the end of a stringer. It sounds simple, but the placement of the dots is critical. Also, the dots must be uniform in amount of class used. My attempts are shown below. I didn't try anything more adventurous than 6 pointed stars.
For a more complete tutorial on raked star beads, see the thread on WetCanvas.