Polymer clay is such a wonderfully versatile art material to work with…the beautiful colours and combinations of colours are endless, and there are so many different techniques to experiment with.
I love the millefiori technique…Millefiori is Italian for ‘thousand flowers’ and Venetian glassworkers used this technique many years ago in their decorative glass work. A similar process can be applied when working with polymer clay – a long tube of clay called a ‘cane’ is created, with colours and patterns running through it.
Using a variety of millefiori techniques you can build pictures which can be used in many ways to create different effects.
Here I have started to make a pink flower cane for my Afternoon Tea collection using bullseye canes for the centre of the flower, and skinner blend canes for the petals.
I used translucent white clay with gold leaf to ‘pack’ my pink flower…
…then I reduced it several times so I had canes in the different diameters which I needed for my project.
Here are some of the other canes I created for my Afternoon Tea collection…
…and here they are as beads!
These beautiful colours remind me of lazy summer days, love and laughter!