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metamorphosis  met·a·mor·pho·sis n. pl. met·a·mor·pho·ses  A marked change in appearance, character, condition, or function. Also called 'transformation' At the moment I feel this is an appropriate word to describe The Whimsical Bead.   In 2006, we started off as a small store selling a selection of beads and findings. 2011 nows finds us selling off the beads and specialising in polymer clay and all that surrounds this wonderful medium. The direction of the business - and myself personally - have done a complete turn-around. Goals have changed...

Last weekend I held a workshop on combining paints, inks, foils and mica powders with polymer clay. It was a small class but we all had a great time - I even made a few things - what a surprise!! Here are some pics...

I haven't had a chance to post until today, but last Sunday The Whimsical Bead held a second COPPRClay workshop taught by talented artist Lara LeReveur. This workshop was all about not only creating and forming the pieces from COPPRClay but also how to refine them before they were fired. We had a lovely small class which I also joined in with. We had a fabulous day and all created some beautiful copper pieces.  I am thinking I really need to hurry up and get myself...

As some of you may know, I recently ran a promotion where all proceeds from the sale of any Artisan Polymer Clay item would go directly to the Red Cross Victorian Floods Appeal 2011.  With your support we managed to raise and donate $350 to this worthy cause so thankyou! I had not yet sent off the money and was debating the best way to do this (cheque, credit card, etc) and this morning I decided the quickest and easiest way would...

Today I spent the day at Funky Lula's Beads & Baubles in Mornington, Victoria teaching a workshop on creating canes. Each student created a leaf cane and a flower cane using colours of their choice. They then spent a few hours creating their own special beads. We had a great day and I encourage those who are located near the Mornington Peninsula to visit Kerryn's shop. It's a lovely little place filled with a great variety of beads, findings and stringing materials. I will be teaching more workshops at...

Only 2 years after the devastating bushfires, Victoria is facing more destruction as floods wash through the state.  Queensland and NSW are also victims of these horrific floods. Help us to help those affected by the recent Floods. Any proceeds from the sale of any Artisan polymer clay item purchased up until 13th February 2011 will go directly to the Red Cross Flood Appeal. PLUS, if you're ordering one of these items, simply enter the codeword  FLOOD  during checkout and you will receive free shipping on these items...

Aluminium cuff blanks have been very hard to find here in Australia for quite some time now and I am pleased to announce that The Whimsical Bead will now be stocking them!  We've got 4 different widths which can all be pulled out to fit many different sized wrists. Cuff blanks are extremely versatile. You can use them as bases for polymer clay cuffs - see below for some of my creations. You can also use them for stamping on which...

Each year I take the time to create something small for each of the girls that I work with. I think it's a nice way to end the year, especially during that last week or so before Christmas when the time starts to drag before we all go on holidays for a week.  Most of them look forward to it and love opening their Christmas cards which have a little something extra inside them. With all thats been happening around here,...

As many of you would know, I recently exhibited at the Melbourne Bead Expo here in Victoria. Thank you to those of you who came past the stand and visited. It was lovely to see some 'old' faces and to also put new faces to names. I haven't written about the Expo before now as, silly me forgot to take photos. I didn't forget the camera - oh no, that was safely packed in my bag but unfortunately I didn't remember to get...

Last weekend was the weekend of the Lilydale Annual Spring Show.  Each year I try to enter a few pieces into their juried exhibition and this year was no exception.  This year I entered into the Advanced Beadwork category.  I decided to move away from polymer clay as this medium is not very well understood at this event (I need to do some more educating in this area!!).  Because of this, I thought it was the perfect time to challenge myself...