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Author: Dani Rapinett

February was jam packed of workshops - so many exciting things on! In February,  award winning artist, Catriona Starpins (who is also a pretty awesome person!) made her Whimsical Bead teaching debut with this amazing new workshop - Dimensional Bead Embroidery. I was so thrilled to join in on this workshop myself, I learned so much. Every student in the class managed to design some wonderful components and with Cat's help, were well on their way to creating some fabulous dimensional embroidered...

As promised I have put together an easy to read calendar for our Semester 1 workshops - March through to June. Calendar is subject to change and we may add a few extra Tutored Access sessions as the semester goes on. All workshops listed can be found in our Workshop section of the website. If you have any queries please don't hesitate to contact Dani. MARCH 2017 APRIL 2017 MAY 2017 JUNE 2017 ...

2016 is a very special year for The Whimsical Bead as it marks 10 years of us being in business. Whilst it's been a few months since this special event, the wonderful pieces that were submitted as part of our 10th Birthday Celebrations Competition are very much still cemented in my mind and I'm long overdue in sharing them with you. Our 10th Birthday Celebrations Competition challenged participants to create a piece of wearable or non - wearable art from any one...

As part of our 10th Birthday Celebrations we are so lucky to have the amazing Christi Friesen here at the studio. This is Christi's 5th visit here to The Whimsical Bead and we just love having her here. Whilst I'm certainly not a sculptor I always love pushing my creative skills just that little bit further than I usually would in Christi's workshops. We always have such a lot of fun. I can thoroughly recommend spending time doing a workshops with her. For those...

As part of our 10th Birthday Celebrations, we held a VIP evening event on Monday 12th September. Spaces were limited and the hardest part was only being able to invite a limited number of people. Attendees were those who have been a significant part of The Whimsical Bead's journey and it was so wonderful to have so many of these people in one place all together and I was so incredibly glad that Debbie Crothers and Christi Friesen could be a part...

As part of our 10th Birthday Celebrations we are so lucky to have my beautiful friend and amazing polymer clay artist, Debbie Crothers here at the studio teaching 3 days of wonderful workshops. I've known Debbie for around about 8 years now and she is not only an amazing artist but a great big ball of energetic fun. I always feel so so inspired and energised after a visit from her! We did two different workshops this time around revolving around Disperse Dyes, Pebeo...

These fun polymer clay beads combine a few basic canes with some composition leafing to create beads that will brighten up your clay table and add a bit of 'Bling' to your clay table. The best part is that they are suitable for all skill levels and can be created in lots of different variations so you'll never get bored. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE WHIMSICAL BEAD 'JAZZY BEADS' POLYMER CLAY TUTORIAL ...

 ** UPDATED - EXTENDED DEADLINE. Due to popular demand, I am giving you all an extra weekend to finish and submit your entries. Photo Entries are due by Monday 8th August 2016 by 5pm AEST. The actual pieces still need to be received by 31st August as in the original post. 2016 is a very special year for The Whimsical Bead as it marks 10 years of us being in business. Where did that time go?! Our ‘official’ birthday is 25th September and in...

This is an easy yet effective little project that uses up all those small pieces of left over clay or cane slices that you have lyng around and best of all it's suitable for clayers of all skill levels! All the tools and equipment you need to create these pendants you can find in store. If you need any assistance please don't hesitate to contact me. I'd love to see anything you make using this tutorials so please send any photos through to...