Polymer millefiori cane tutorial - DoodlePippin
Polymer millefiori cane tutorial - DoodlePippin
Polymer millefiori cane tutorial - DoodlePippin
Polymer millefiori cane tutorial - DoodlePippin
Polymer millefiori cane tutorial - DoodlePippin
Polymer millefiori cane tutorial - DoodlePippin

Polymer millefiori cane tutorial

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MExplore the creative possibilities of polymer millefiori, in this detailed 19 page A4 tutorial with 60 hand-drawn illustrations and 23 photographs.

No experience necessary! This tutorial will take you from absolute polymer clay beginner, through to making your own amazing and beautiful kaleidoscopic patterns in polymer clay, using the ancient millefiori technique.

You will learn

  • how to choose colours that "go",
  • how to condition the clay,
  • what tools are essential and what are "nice to have".

I'll also share loads of tips and tricks and advice for getting the best results from your millefiori work.

The bulk of this tutorial is made up of highly detailed, illustrated, step-by-step instructions for TWO different millefiori techniques.

Make both, or choose the one that you like the look of best and save the other for later.

Table of contents: 

  • About polymer and millefiori
  • Basic tools required
  • 'Nice to have' tools
  • What brand of clay?
  • Choosing colours for millefiori
  • Some colour combination ideas
  • How much clay should I use?
  • Conditioning clay
  • Cane 1: basic ‘wave’ cane (steps A to S)
  • Cane 2: Basic ‘cut and recombine’ cane (steps A- T)
  • Going hexagonal!
  • Slicing your cane and making a veneered sheet
  • Burnishing
  • Get the most out of your veneered sheet
  • Try this: curved edges
  • Removing your sheet from your worksurface
  • Curing instructions
  • Sanding and buffing
  • Some suppliers and sources of further information

NB 1: Please note this is a tutorial for making the patterns themselves, rather than an item of jewellery - although there are some ideas for what you can make with your pattern included at the end, as well as some tips for getting the most out of your design.

NB 2: Part of the beauty of millefiori is that no pattern is the same. Two people following identical instructions will produce completely different patterns - don't expect your canes to look like mine, or like anyone else's! They'll be completely unique to you.

About me: I'm a millefiori artist based just outside London, England. I'm a member of The Surrey Guild of Craftsmen, a steering group member of the London Polymer Clay Group, and I make a living selling my handmade polymer pieces and millefiori art internationally.

I've been teaching for four years and have taken hundreds of people through their first experience of polymer clay - and watched them make the most amazing and individual patterns using this technique.

Essential tools required to get the most out of this tutorial:

  • a pasta machine
  • a long sharp blade (sometimes called a tissue blade) - look up "Sculpey Super Slicer"
  • an acrylic roller
  • a smooth glass or tile worksurface.
  • a sheet or two of greaseproof paper or silicon baking parchment
  • a normal domestic oven
Most orders are made and ready for shipping within 3-5 days. 
If I know there's a problem or a significant delay, I will contact you via email to let you know.
Domestic / UK shipping
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Since the advent of Covid, the cost of international shipping gone gone up a lot.
If you go through to checkout and put in your location, you should be able to see delivery costs before you order.
Overseas orders usually go via tracked courier.
Worth bearing in mind that overseas orders can be subject to unexpected and sometimes very lengthy delays that are outside of my control.
They may also be subject to customs and import duties that I know nothing about and am not responsible for. 
Please check with your local tax / import duty authorities if you are worried.
Any questions about shipping or delivery, please contact me.
 
 
colour wheel
Colour is very subjective at the best of times. And every PC, phone and tablet screen shows colours differently, too.
So if you’re trying to match a particular fabric or colour scheme, I’d strongly recommend buying a sample before going ‘all in’!
I often include video snippets in listings as I find video in daylight is a better guide to how an item looks “in the flesh". 
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Bear in mind too, that pieces produced in one week may look subtly (or even markedly) different to those produced a month later.  For example, a sample tile ordered in June is unlikely to be identical to a batch I make in September.
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 Specifications, designs, colourways and availability are subject to change without notice. 
However I do hold onto old designs, so if you want something and can't see it listed, please contact me.