Cane : A term borrowed from glassworking referring to glass rods either plain or with a pattern running through them, to be used as an addition to glass pieces. Canes were used to make millefiori beads.
Definition used with Permission, from
The New Clay : Techniques and Approaches to Jewelry Making
by Nan Roche, Chris Roche (Photographer), Sue Roche (Illustrator), Seymour Bress (Editor)
Paperback - 144 pages Reprint edition (March 1992)
Flower Valley Press, Inc.; ISBN: 0962054348