For my first few years of experimenting with polymer clay, I didn't even try to make millefiori canes. Then again, I refused to use a pasta machine too, go figure... Once I did start caning, that was all I wanted to do! I soon got to a place where I had created loads of canes and wanted some way to archive my progress. In an earlier blog, "Clay Collecting", I featured a piece by Pier Voulkos which was made up of hundreds of cane slices. I thought it was the perfect way to archive a series of cane slices so I started with that idea.
Creating Chains of Cane Clay Projects
I began keeping a slice from every cane that I made. Some of the slices were strung together by the year they were made in. Sometimes I strung together just a series of slices that went together like all face canes or all square canes. The result is a library of cane slices that I've been able to look back at from time to time with fond memories. Sometimes I drag out a chain of slices to encourage or inspire new students. At other times it's fun just to look back and see all the different methods I've used to make a flower. The chains are easy to store, don't take up a lot of room, and help me remember that I have actually made quite a few designs through the years.
Having fun rolling clay,