Join Sue Fisher for a one day introduction to the world of polymer clay canes. 

Canework, also known as millefiori, is one of the most recognisable decorative techniques in polymer clay. Originating from traditional glassmaking, designs are constructed as rods (canes) which can be reduced to any size and then sliced to reveal the pattern for use. 

Learn a variety of component canes and see how they can be combined with colour and construction techniques to create more complex designs: the possibilities are endless! 

Specific canes demonstrated in this class will include a geometric design, a flower cane, an "electric shock" pattern, a retro cane, and a kaleidoscope cane. 

You'll also learn how to use your polymer clay canes directly and in veneers, tips to ensure great results...and even what to do with the leftovers! 

This is a skill and technique class, not a completed piece of jewellery class


  • Clay selection 
  • Colour selection 
  • Controlling clay consisitency
  • Common component canes 
  • Colour gradients and colour effects
  • Creating complex canes from basic canes
  • Various construction technqiues (additive, symmetry, cut-and-insert, etc.)
  • Packing shaped canes for easy reduction
  • Reducing canes of various shapes, including tips for minimising wastage
  • Tips for slicing canes evenly and with minimal distortion
  • Using extruders for canework 
  • A variety of ideas and methods for using canes
  • Uses for cane scraps 
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Class Schedule

Duration: 6.5 hours

What you will learn
  • Clay selection
  • Colour selection
  • Controlling clay consisitency
What you will get
  • All materials, incuding a generous allocation of polymer clay (additional clay will be available for purchase if required).
  • Tuition
  • The loan of a school polymer clay tool kit if required during the class
  • Comprehensive notes
  • Additional clay, tools and equipment will be available on the day for purchase from the studio.

What to bring
  • There is no materials fee for this class. Materials are included in your class price
  • PLEASE BRING: * A plastic takeaway container to take home your completed canes and any leftover clay. Canes will not be baked, so will need to be transported in their 'unbaked' state.
  • You are welcome to bring your own pasta machine and polymer clay toolkit if you have these and would like to use these instead of the school loan equipment. Please ensure your equipment is clearly marked with your name.
What to wear

OH&S protocols at SJS require all students to wear CLOSED IN shoes and for long hair to be tied back. We recommend wearng glasses instead of contact lenses and to wear minimal jewellery in a studio environment.

Appropriate for

Whilst no prior experience is necessary for this class, we do recommend a minimum of Polymer Clay Fundamentals if possible to enhance your learning experience.


Sydney Jewellery School

Vendor since 2015

Sydney Jewellery School (SJS) is Australia's leading independent contemporary jewellery facility for students wishing to learn the art of jewellery making, multi-media creative arts techniques and object 'd art creation.

The school operates from our own premises and dedicated studio space in Rosebery, an inner South/East suburb of Sydney. Housed in the Heritage Listed Leda Building our air-conditioned studio is flooded with natural light and is equipped with the latest tools and equipment.

SJS also provides space for people wishing to access bench space on a casual or daily basis.

We cater for both the beginner through to the accomplished artisan with a range of classes and techniques: Beginner classes; Class modules to build your skill level; Specialist techniques; Master classes; Visiting artists program; International teachers program.

Many of our classes and the equipment needed to participate are only available within the framework of formal University/TAFE training, SJS is proud to be able to offer short courses in these techniques to all.

Our classes are surprisingly affordable and extremely competitive. Compare for yourself.

The studio has a fully equipped kitchenette and a substantial library with a large selection of books and DVDs on Jewelry and Craft.

Our Director Menaka Cooke and Studio Manager Jae Brown and the wonderful teaching faculty at the school look forward to welcoming you to the studio and to helping you turn your creative dreams into reality.

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