Traditionally millefiori slices were made from glass canes, but recently polymer clay has become a common substitute for glass because of the availability and ease of use of the material. Millefiori slices are used to make buttons, beads and mosaics. Flowers are among the easiest shapes to produce in a polymer clay cane, because of its inherent symmetry and because flowers may be made exclusively from circles or ovals.
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Things you need
- Polymer clay (various colours)
Draw a circle 4 to 6 inches in diameter on a piece of paper.
Draw a flower within the confines of the circle. The easiest design for a flower starts with a circle in the middle (representing the centre of the flower). Next, draw circles for petals, lining the centre of the flower. This flower design should fill up the entire outer circle.
Roll out long snakes of polymer clay, and stand them on end over the design, so they fill up the shapes you drew on the paper. Compress the snakes into a rod (the cane).
Squeeze, stretch and pinch the cane in the middle until the cane is distorted into an hourglass shape.
Cut the hourglass shaped cane in half with a polymer clay slicer, forming two cone-shapes.
Choose one of the cones and begin to stretch, pinch and pull the thinner end of the cone until you have a long, thin cane. Cut off the thin end of the cone (any length you desire) and continue to stretch and mould it into the desired width. Return to the cone and continue to pull and stretch the end of it, and repeat the process until the entire cone has been used.
Repeat step 6 with the other cone.
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