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Polymer Clay Millefiori

Originally an Italian glasswork technique, millefiori means “thousand flowers”. Luckily, this technique can be replicated using polymer clay. Clay canes are made by combining 2 or more colours of Fimo or Sculpey and a pattern is revealed in the cross section when the cane is cut. Once you master the basics of shaping polymer clay canes, you can easily cut and place your pieces to form a motif and make one-of-a-kind jewellery and accessories.

Instructions:

How to make a polymer mosaic

Step 1: Warm the clay by rolling and kneading it until it is malleable. Chose 4 colours of clay or mix your clay to create 4 different hues. Roll each of your colours into individual 3-inch-long rolls. Make sure the rolls are roughly the same size, trim them with a clay cutter or craft knife if necessary.

 

Step 2: Lay your 4 rolls side by side and cut them all into 4 segments.

 

Step 3: Use your fingers or a ruler to press the sides of the rolls until they are squared.

 

Step 4: Alternating the colour alignment, stack all 4 rows of your squared rolls together into a checked clay cane.

 

Step 5: Press 2 opposing corners of the clay cane inwards to deform it and create a diamond shape. Do this with the other 2 opposing corners. Reform the clay into a square again. This will rotate the colours 45 degrees.

 

Step 6: With a craft knife or clay cutter, slice your cane into thin segments and arrange them in a grid. New patterns will emerge depending on what colours you place next to each other. Gently roll over your assembled mosaic with a roller to even out the segments and stick them together.

You will need:

  • Fimo or Sculpey clay
  • Modelling tools
  • Acrylic clay roller
  • Clay blade or craft knife
  • Chill your clay for a few minutes in the fridge before slicing them
  • Wash your hands and work surface between colours
  • Bake as per packaged instructions

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