In 1996 I discovered polymer clay and the
millefiore caning technique. This process was explained to me to be the same one that glass blowers have used since 300 BC. A common
form of millefiore caning can be seen in the glass paper weights with lots of colorful little flowers inside. Those
flowers are millefiore canes.
a polymer artist my main focus was on creating Portrait Beads ™ from photographs.
Each facial feature is sculpted from the center out by layering thin sheets of
clay on top of each other.
Face cane of Rosie O'Donnel
"As a polymer
artist my main focus was on creating Portrait Beads ™.."
Designs are sculpted in tubes and run the entire length of the tube or cane.
Then slices are taken off the ends of the tubes. Shown above are slices from the cane ends of Portrait Beads TM at various stages.
began making signs for my displays. This entailed creating the entire alphabet of 26 canes.
words and sayings on beads and pins were the end result.
Click on a link below to see some
of the beads I have made.