Diane that is EXACTLY what I meant. I want to make the flower canes so I can smooth them over beads and have flowered beads.
...you can make flower canes and put slices all over a bead without actually doing the "millefiori technique
." Again, there may be semantic differences between the way people use the term millefiori, but I just wanted to point out that if you make a flower cane, you can do lots of different things with it.
For example, you can cut slices from it and place them on a raw bead of any shape and color, leaving spaces in between so that the background color shows through (...or if the background color of the slice is the same color as the bead, then the slice background will disappear and the flowers will look like they're floating on the bead).
...Or you can cut slices from it and cover the whole raw bead with them (overlapping or butting the slices).
But to do the millefiori technique
, you'd make a flower cane (or any other cane), lengthen it by "reducing" (rolling and/or pulling), then cut it into several equal lengths (usually 3-6) and place those next to each other, finally rolling those into a new final cane which has multiple images. Those steps can be repeated as often as you want and the images will just get smaller and smaller.
(This technique will result in just one cane too, but it won't be a cane of one flower as above ... it'll be a cane with many flowers.)
Flower canes are also popular to do with "translucent and opaque" clays in the same cane, so when slices are cut really
thin and applied to a base bead, any translucent areas of the slices will "disappear" and the background color of the base bead will show through. Then the images (usually created with opaque clay) really
look like they're floating!
If you want to check out some lessons and examples of flower canes, look on this page:http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/canes--instructions.htm
(... click on Flowers
...And if you want to make the flower canes as translucent-opaque canes, look under the subcategory called Translucent Canes
Info on various ways to apply cane slices to beads can be found on this page, if you're interested:http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/beads.htm
...and more on millefiori as a pattern and as a technique on this page:http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/Canes--general.htm
(... click on Millefiori
HTH, and have fun with them!
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