Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Blast from the past- 1st installment BPCanes

It is way too hot to take pictures. I was thinking that some of my content in the beginning of my blogging adventure was pretty cool, so sort of like summer re-runs on TV, I am going to re-post some of these babies that I really like.
Silence on a radio, no picture and sound on a TV, and no words on a blog are always a little disconcerting.
May your summer be cool.
May your drinks be cooler,
and may your heart be content.
Blessings all over all ya all!!

Just a note: Bead Space is no longer a viable link, but bead patterns are readily available all over the web!
Click on the title header below to take you to the full blog post!!

Extruder Canes with Bead Patterns as a guide
I put up the color mixing chart yesterday for this project!

Millefiori is the glass technique of bundling or layering colored rods of glass together to form images and then cutting the cross section of the bundled or layered glass to get a little tile of an image. These colored rods of glass are called canes. I have seen this technique duplicated in many mediums, ceramic, candy, food, and polymer clay, and it can sometimes seem almost impossible to achieve, but if you start with basic design, bulls eye canes, open spirals and checkerboards just to name a few, you can combine those to make more intricate pictures or images, called advanced caning. Anytime two or more simple patterns are combined it becomes advanced. I have found a way to make intricate canes that is so easy to do, yet gives the impression of intricacy and complication. Bead patterns and a Makin’s Clay extruder are great for attempting this.


  1. Hey you. I have missed you.
    That is a great idea doing reruns. I just might follow your lead since I have not been beading much this year. Is that OK with you?
    If you want cool come see me in Florence,OR. We have had one day of warm here. I so miss summer.
    Have a wonderful week

  2. Oh Marie!!! Do you know how happy you made me! Logging on and seeing you have a new post up! Yes, reruns in the summer are a good thing. Ever so happy to see you back here. **blows no germ-filled kisses** Deb

  3. I miss you too Nicole, I just do not have any day left half way through all of my work.
    You are so welcome to follow my lead. It is ok!!!
    Hugs my friend.

  4. HI DEB!! Sorry to yell I was just so excited to see you too!! LOL!!
    You made my day, thank you!!

  5. here you are, marie! not reruns to me: that's my prize for being a late comer.

    i'm thinking of renee tonight.



  6. Marie,

    How lovely to see you post again! Re-runs are perfectly okay -- they are new to me anyway. Hah! :)

    I hope it's a bit cooler in your part of the world now. We have a hot summer day -- one of the last ones, so I really enjoy it.

    Of course, I would love to welcome you back to my blog. Currently, I even have two giveaways -- details are on the left sidebar of my blog.

    Sunny greetings from Munich,

  7. What a fantastic technique - I had no idea about this. I so want to learn more now!

  8. Thanks Martiel. There is lots more here and all over the web. You can search polymer clay canes, polymer clay, millefiori, and polyclay. You will open u-p a big wide world f ideas and all kinds of tutorials.


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