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Author: Dani Rapinett

Some of you may remember that a little while back one of my students, Laura Yodgee, completed some comprehensive testing on spray sealers for use on polymer clay. What you may not know is that Laura is also a budding writer (and a pretty good one at that!). She has offered to write some tutorials and informative posts for The Whimsical Bead Blog which means only good things - Laura gets to write, you get some fabulous tutorials and projects...

For those of you wanting a list of Workshops for July - December 2018, here it is. You can also download your own copy -  Workshop and Classes July - December 2018 Remember workshops/classes can be added and some may be subject to change so it's always best to visit the website listings for accurate details. Since printing, we have made the following changes to this document: NEW WORKSHOP ADDED : 'Polymer Clay Jewellery : From the Beginning' - Sunday 9th September NEW...

This post has been a few months coming and I apologise for that but our brand new website is now in full swing! I hope you have been enjoying it.  It is user friendly and has so much more content than our last website. Huge thanks to Leanne at Oraco Marketing for all her hard work in making this happen. We now have many different sections where you can read all about what we're doing here at the studio (and what's been happening...

Thank you so much to everyone who attended The Whimsical Bead Creative Fun Day : June 2018. We had an amazing turn out with some familiar faces and a lot of new faces too which was great. Our Make & Take and demonstration sessions were a huge hit and it was wonderful to see many people take advantage of these and create some beautiful pieces to take home. We gave away around $400 worth of goodies in our raffle and raised around...

It’s that time of year again! We’re excited to announce that our workshops for July - December are now LIVE. Thank you to those of you who got in quickly to secure your places. It’s going to be a fabulous semester of workshops and I’m so pleased that they have already been so well received. We’ve still got a few sessions to finalise and add to the website so please make sure you check back regularly. We will also be adding sessions as...

Our workshops for January - June 2018 are now LIVE and available for booking. Thank you to those of you who got in quickly to secure your places. It's going to be a fabulous semester of workshops and It takes a lot of hard work and organisation from both myself and our team of tutors, and I'm so pleased that our line-up has been so popular. We've got a huge range of workshops next semester and we've tried to include something for...

It's time once again for our annual Christmas Open Studio here at The Whimsical Bead Browse a great variety of locally made handmade art, jewellery and gifts created by Dani and guest artists, including Karen Donald and Brooke La Grue. We will also have example for our Semester 1 2018 workshops on display and available for booking. This only happens on this scale once a year so don't miss out. We're even opening on a Friday night this year so if you are busy...

If you work with polymer clay here in Australia, you'll know that it's been virtually impossible to get a spray sealer that doesn't react with polymer. I've been trying for years to import PYM II which is a spray sealer that has been known to work perfectly with polymer clay and not react like so many do. Unfortunately I've been unsuccessful due to many reasons. Like myself, one of my long time students, Laura Yodgee, was extremely frustrated by this and since...

Today I have some sad news to share with you. As most of you would know, two years ago I, along with Jo, Kay and Prue, started a wonderful venture called Bead and Buy, with the idea of bringing the community together through their love of creating. It has been a wonderful few years but unfortunately due to my ongoing health issues that I am sure you’re all aware of, and the stress associated with exhibiting, I have sadly had to resign...

Sunday 24th September (2017) was the first of our Creative Fun Day's and it was a great day! We had demonstrations from some of our tutors, freebies and giveaways to the value of around $250. Plus we had a sausage sizzle to raise money for Beyond Blue. We raised $92.50 and I rounded it up to $150 which was donated to Beyond Blue a week or so after the event. It was a wonderful day and as a result we will be planning...