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Author: Dani Rapinett

These past few weeks have been super busy with quite a few shipments of stock arriving.  I am busily preparing for the next few months when I will be teaching at various locations - Amya Beads, Funky Lulas and Chicky Babes Beads. We will also be having a stand again at the Melbourne Bead Expo in November so I've been collecting stock for that too - I feel like a squirrel, hoarding things away for the winter!! Here is just a few of the boxes that arrived...

Last Saturday, 1st August, I hosted a COPPRclay workshop taught by Lara LeReveur. COPPRclay was released in 2009 and is made up of pure copper, water and non-toxic binding materials. The binding materials vaporise during the kiln-firing process leaving you with a solid copper piece with a density over 95% that of cast copper.  COPPRclay has a pleasant consistency, is forgiving to hand at the leather hard stage, fires consistently well and has a large shrinkage rate (approx. 30%) which makes...

Yesterday morning we held a chainmaille workshop at the studio. Students were to create a bracelet with Japanese 12 in 2 weave. This is one of my favourite chainmaille weaves as it has quite a bit of weight to it (with approx. 400 rings) and looks very classy when finished with a beautiful clasp. The workshop was taught by the talented Karen Donald who is also a polymer clay artist and a seedbeader - yes she does it all! Our kits were...

Many people have asked me for a basic guide to working with polymer clay and more importantly, how to get started with polymer clay. I wrote this small information tutorial in 2009 and although it has had many upgrades over the years, and I still give it to all my beginner students in workshops. You can download this instantly by clicking the link below however if you would like this emailed to you please don't hesitate to contact us. We ask that you...

Last weekend (20th June), I taught another beginner's polymer clay workshop at Amya Beads .  We have now held 2 beginner's workshops at Amya Beads and both have been a great success. Whilst it is great teaching more advanced workshops, I do have a soft spot for beginner's. People say to me, 'Don't you find it boring to be teaching so many beginner workshops?'.  My answer is always the same...

Business-wise, the last few months, actually most of this year, have been a whirlwind for me.  Everything seems to be happening at once. Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't have it any other way - this is what I've been aiming towards for 4 years - however every time another day goes by without me spending any time at my workstation 'creating', I feel a little sad too. Running a business, any business, drains so much of your time and energy and whilst I knew this when I started out,...