Today I ran a polymer clay class using the millifiori technique. Millifiori means “thousand flowers”and stems from the Italian glass makers.
A web definition of millifiori, a type of Murano glass that has been incorporated with various layers of colors to create beautiful flower-like patterns. Millefiori, which literally means “a thousand flowers”, is the denomination of a type of cylindrical, long glass rod which contains a specific pattern along its entire length, so that when cut into slices from one end, the particular pattern will be revealed.
The same technique of making rods (called “Canes” in polymer clay) are made in bright colours and as the pattern goes through the whole length of the cane, slices can be cut off and appliqued to a core bead.