Get Ready for Spring with this Color Changing Millefiori Cane
- 3-5 colors of Premo! polymer clay in your choice of colors
- Flower Cutter
- Round Cutter
- Pasta machine
- Needle Tool
- Small Ball Tool
- Your hands
- Polymer Clay Oven
- Varnish (Optional)
- Baby Wipes
- Instant Hand Sanitizer or Rubbing Alcohol
- Polymer Clay Hand Scrub – Get My Recipe Here
Flower Doodle Cane Tutorial
Step 1: Create the Main Flower Components
- Choose your flower cutter.
- Choose a round cutter larger than your flower cutter.
- Pick 5 colors of Premo! clay.
- Roll them out on the 2nd largest setting of your pasta machine.
- Cut out 2 rounds of each color.
- Stack the like colors together to make 5 stacks.
- Place a flower cutter in the middle of the rounds and cut through.
- Gently remove the edges of the rounds, be very careful not to pinch them.
- Use a smaller flower cutter and cut out the center of each flower.
- Replace the centers of the flowers with a different colored center.
Step 2: Make the Doodles!
- Gently squeeze the flowers and seal them back up to remove the air pockets and space in the flower.
- VERY IMPORTANT: Use a dotting tool to mark the flower where the cuts need to meet. If you miss this step, your parts may not line up & your flowers will be askew.
- Now place the same flower cutter over the flower, angled at a different plane than the previous cut.
- Cut the flower out and remove from the original flower.
- Take an accent color of your choice and make a ribbon & outline your star.
- Make a single cut through the remaining flower to help you reinsert the smaller flower.
- Line up your “dots” and wrap the large flower around the matching portion of your smaller flower.
- Pick another color of edging that you previously cut off and add it back to your flower.
- Repeat these steps for all the remaining rounds.
Step 3: Finishing the Doodle Cane
- Finish all of your rounds the same as you did the first one explained above.
- When all of your rounds are finished, gently squeeze them to remove the air, but be careful not to altar their shape.
- Now take all of your rounds and stack them on top of each other, you choose the order you would like them to be in.
- Optional: Cut 2 rounds of scrap clay, place them on the top & bottom to help reduce distortion.
- Reduce the cane in a standard manner.
- When you are content with the size of the cane, cut off the ends of the cane & add them back into your scrap pile.
- Now cut the cane.
- Each & every slice will be a little bit different.
HINT: DO NOT let this cane rest before reducing. The colors will blend & combine better if you do not let it rest.
HINT 2: If you do let your cane rest, you will be using Meg Newberg’s technique of getting 4-5 canes from one reduction as the colors will not combine.
Thanks for joining me today,