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As with any craft, art form, occupation etc. there are terms used that are like a foreign language. To help you intemperate my pages and posts I’m going to put a glossary of terms here on this home page so you’ll know what I’m talking about.

Polymer Clay:   Polymer clay is a sculptable material based on the polymer polyvinyl chloride (PVC). It usually contains no clay minerals, and is only called “clay” because its texture and working properties resemble those of mineral clay.

Millefiori: Millefiori is a glass work technique which produces distinctive decorative patterns on glassware. The term millefiori is a combination of the Italian words “mille” (thousand) and “fiori” (flowers). While the use of this technique long precedes the term millefiori, it is now often associated with Venetian glassware.  More recently, the millefiori technique has been applied to polymer clays and other materials. Because polymer clay is quite pliable and does not need to be heated and reheated to fuse it, it is much easier to produce millefiori patterns than with glass.

Base Metal:  Base Metal Non-precious metals used as a core for plating and gold-filled items. Brassnickel and pewter are common base metals in jewelry.


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