Single-Strand Necklace with Silver-Plated Coin Purse and Kato Polyclay™
I was fascinated with the word millefiori and spent almost as much time researching the origins of the word and art form as I did building my first cane. Millefiori means "thousand flowers" in Italian. The process of combining rods of glass into specific patterns, such as the petals of a flower, heating the rods and then drawing or stretching them out to form the cane is the basis of the term. The cane can be sliced and combined to form the "thousand flowers" or other patterns, and then used to decorate beads or other glass objects. Millefiori cane work lends itself very well to polymer clay. The cane is formed by piecing the clay together like a puzzle, and carefully compressing the outside of the cane to reduce the image. The resulting cane can be sliced to form beads or to be used as a decorative layer for other objects.
Preparing the Skinner Blend: Use this technique to quickly and easily create sheets of graded color needed to make the leaf cane. The Skinner Blend method works when using two or more colors of clay.
Assembling the purse:
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