Polymer Clay Blooms Before Your Very Eyes!
During the 1850's Venetian glass makers developed a technique
called Millefiori, which literally means 1000 flowers. Today's
clay artisans borrow that technique to create Millefiori canes,
whereby a one dimensional image runs lengthwise through a
rod of clay.
In "Advanced Millefiori Techniques Volume I", the
latest addition to The Master Artisans Of Polymer Clay Video
Series from Mindstorm Productions, you'll learn the art of
Millefiori from clay artisan Marie Segal. In this video, Marie
simplifies the process of making Millefiori canes using techniques
she's mastered during the past 20 years.
Using a potpourri of colored clays, she'll teach you how
to make a Face Cane, Butterfly Cane, Woven Cane, Cathedral
Glass Cane, Sunflower Cane, and a Rose & Leaf Cane. In
addition, you'll learn how to use your finished canes to create
an "Angel Vessel" and decorative beads.
Before you begin, you'll need to gather a series of tools
and materials, all of which are outlined at the outset of
the video. These include: Polymer Clay, measuring and cutting
tools, oven, timer, a pasta machine to roll and condition
your clay, and perhaps the most important tool of all... your
"You have to find certain places on your own hands where
the tools that you have naturally work best for you",
The first thing you'll learn is how to create a Skinner Shade.
This is a method invented by Judith Skinner to shade clay
from light to dark or from one color to another. Then it's
on to your first project... the Woven Cane. Using five sheets
of different colored clay, Marie demonstrates how to cut the
clay into squares, and position these squares to create the
cane. After lengthening and cutting the cane, the weave comes
Next it's on to the beautiful Cathedral Glass Cane. "The
reason I call it this", says Marie, "is because
it reminds me of the round windows in old churches and cathedrals."
Orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, red, and black clay are
combined to create a stained glass window effect. Once you
finish this cane, you'll swear you can hear a choir in the
For the Rose & Leaf cane you'll use the Skinner method
you learned earlier. This project is a little more complicated
than the previous ones on this video, but with Marie's expert
instruction and a little practice, you're guaranteed to master
it in no time at all.
In fact, it's important for you to realize how easy Millefiori
is once you've mastered the basics of pressing, cutting, and
rolling the clay. Furthermore, the video's easy to follow
instructions, coupled with camera closeups, simplify the process
Each project builds on the skills you learned in the preceding
project until you're ready to create the Sunflower and Butterfly
Canes...the most intricate cane on this video.
Once your canes are completed, Marie will show you how to
create decorative beads from them. And you'll learn how to
cover a glass vessel with the Rose & Leaf Cane, and make
a clay angel to sit on the ridge of the glass.
The instructional portion of the video ends with a series
of examples of what you can do with Millefiori canes if you
use a little imagination. But don't hit the "stop"
button on your VRC just yet! You'll want to stick around for
a series of hysterical outtakes featuring Marie's contagious