How to Catalog Your Millefiori Canes

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Polymer Clay Millefiori Cane Library Help by KatersAcres

Unique Millefiori Cane Library Solution

The Art of Millefiori Canes

As anyone who has created one of more millefiori canes, you know that there are some really awesome canes and some really not so awesome canes that you have made.  One of the things that I like to do is create a “library” for my canes.  This idea is not my own, but evolved from a discussion in one of the FaceBook groups I am in.  Many people talked about how they store, collect, and display their canes for future reference or use.

My Cataloging Millefiori Cane System

There are lots of ways that you can store baked samples of your canes … here’s a few:

  • Notebook
  • Scrapbook
  • Journal Entry with “mini-tute” tips so you an recreate the cane
  • Composition Books
  • 3 Ring Binder

Gesso on Composition BookI was going to make my “library catalog” of millefiori canes using a composition book where I had made multiple “white” pages using Gesso … alas, once I began to put my canes onto the pages, after just 2 categories of tabs, my notebook was so thick, I actually hated it.  So … I had to think and come up with something that I would like, would be easy to use, & not in notebook form.

Polymer Clay Millefiori Cane Library Help by KatersAcresSo … here it is, my super easy millefiori cane cataloging system. I took a standard index card box and blank index cards, handmade my own tabs using card stock & a few staples, and made an indexed system of cards that I can easily add, remove, or write “notes” on any of my millefiori cane cards.

Deciding how to separate my baked millefiori cane slices was more of a problem, and perhaps took the longest amount of time. Here’s just a few of the categories represented in my box:

  • Leaf Canes
  • Petal Canes (example index card shown at right)
  • Flower Canes
  • Retro Canes (more for color reference than anything)
  • Picture Canes
  • Doodle Canes
  • Kaleidoscope Canes
  • Miscellaneous Canes

Thanks for joining me today, I hope you make one of these for yourself!

Happy Claying,

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2 thoughts on “How to Catalog Your Millefiori Canes

  1. Hi! Thank you for posting the Cane Library Solution. I enjoy tips on storage as it’s one of the biggest issues I face being new to Polymer Clay.

    1. Not a problem Janelle! I’m so glad you enjoyed it and can use it as well.

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