The Art of Polymer Clay Millefiori Techniques : Projects and Inspiration for Creative Canework, Paperback

The Art of Polymer Clay Millefiori Techniques : Projects and Inspiration for Creative Canework Paperback

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In Venetian glassmaking, slender rods of molten glass (canes) are shaped, then cut to reveal amazingly detailed patterns: flowers, geometric shapes, dancing colours.

These slices are called millefiori, 'thousand flowers', because they form a carpet of flowers when placed side by side.

Now celebrity author Donna Kato shows how to re-create these intricate, fascinating designs in polymer clay.

She reveals the entire process: how to work with polymer clay, the basics of planning and creating a cane and using colour effectively.

Dozens of examples are included and everything is clearly explained and illustrated with full-colour photographs.

This work also includes examples of stunning work by such noted millefiori artists as Kathy Amt, Pier Voulkos and Kathleen Dustin.

Donna Kato is a teacher, product designer & artist. She served as a representative for Sculpey and Fimo and has partnered with the art-materials manufacturer Van Aken to design her own line, Kato Poly Clay.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 176 pages, full colour throughout, 400 colour photographs
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill Publications
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  • Category: Carving & modelling, moulding & casting
  • ISBN: 9780823099184



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I consider myself a beginner in polymer clay even after working with it for several years. This book had projects that were easy for me to do, and they helped clean up a good deal of the scrap clay that I have accumulated over time. The pictures of Donna Kato's work as well as that of other artists are very inspiring as well.