The Art of Polymer Clay Millefiori Techniques

The Art of Polymer Clay Millefiori Techniques : Projects and Inspiration for Creative Canework

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In Venetian glassmaking, slender rods of molten glass (canes) are shaped, then cut to reveal amazingly detailed patterns: flowers, geometric shapes, dancing colours. These slices are called millefiori, 'thousand flowers', because they form a carpet of flowers when placed side by side. Now celebrity author Donna Kato shows how to re-create these intricate, fascinating designs in polymer clay. She reveals the entire process: how to work with polymer clay, the basics of planning and creating a cane and using colour effectively. Dozens of examples are included and everything is clearly explained and illustrated with full-colour photographs. This work also includes examples of stunning work by such noted millefiori artists as Kathy Amt, Pier Voulkos and Kathleen Dustin. Donna Kato is a teacher, product designer & artist. She served as a representative for Sculpey and Fimo and has partnered with the art-materials manufacturer Van Aken to design her own line, Kato Poly Clay.

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  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 190 x 246 x 14mm | 521.63g
  • Watson-Guptill Publications
  • Watson-Guptill Publications Inc.,U.S.
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • full colour throughout, 400 colour photographs
  • 0823099180
  • 9780823099184
  • 12,084

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About Donna Kato

Donna Kato is one of the world's best-selling authors on polymer clay crafts. Her books "The Art of Polymer Clay" and "The Art of Polymer Clay Creative Surface Effects" have sold more than 110,000 copies. Her Kato Polyclay is available across the country. She and her husband, photographer Vernon Ezell, live in Florissant, CO. Visit her on the web at

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Customer reviews

This is my third Donna Kato book and it does not disappoint. It is a fabulous book - so inspiring - I did not know I could get that excited by polymer clay. Brilliantly detailed photography and instructions, I just cannot wait to try out all the techniques. The project ideas are really interesting and as usual, Donna's work is executed to the highest standard. It is also nice to see examples of other artists' work to illustrate certain techniques. If you want to make canes and learn millefiori techniques - this is the more
by Claire Fairweather