Millefiori is a technique that produces patterns on glass, but instead of using glass, artist Layl McDill uses polymer clay to make her millefiori-inspired beads. She wraps and stacks pieces of clay together to create an animal's face and then stretches the 6- to 8-inch-tall sculpture into an hourglass shape. She makes an incision at the center and then continues to stretch the polymer clay cane and cut it into the perfect size for charms. Once the beads are cut, she adds holes in each one so they can be used for jewelry or other crafts.
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