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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...

Micro Mesh is a product created for sanding media such as wood, acrylic and metal however it works wonderfully on polymer clay. It differs from sandpaper as it is made from flexible cloth. This cloth may also be attached to foam pads (on both sides) to allow for cushioning when sanding (resulting in a better finish). These are called ‘Soft Touch’ pads. Although Micro Mesh works similarly to wet/dry sandpaper, there are some definite advantages to using Micro Mesh over sandpaper. Whilst all sandpaper will...

I've always loved the Vintaj Patina range. They are extremely versatile across many mediums, come in a range fabulous colours (which are blendable) and are easy to use. This week I received a shipment of findings and within this, some beautiful large metal alloy rings which are perfect for colouring with Vintaj Patinas. So, I decided to have a play and put together this quick and easy free project for you to try. We stock the full range of Vintaj Patinas in the...

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 ...

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...

These polymer clay rainbow hearts are quick and fun to make! You only need small amounts of clay to create them and they are suitable for all skill levels. Experiment with different colours, impressions and sizes! I'd love to see what you create so please feel free to email me or post your creations on our Facebook page. Click Here to Download The Whimsical Bead Polymer Clay Rainbow Hearts Tutorial ...

Magic Glos™ is one of my favourite products. It produces beautiful results in a short amount of time and it's easy to use also! It’s MAGIC! This one step process is easier than 1-2-3. No additional sealing or cleansing methods are required. Magic-Glos™is a must have to help gloss, seal and protect your polymer clay masterpiece and craft creations. There are many Magic-Glos™ features including: Once applied to baked clay, Magic-Glos™ can be applied and cured over and over again. Non-toxic handling and no odor. Great...

The Sculpey Silkscreening kit has been designed especially for polymer clay and can create some spectacular effects. You need very little materials to use this kit and the kit itself can be used over and over again. It comes with 14 patterns to choose from, a squeegee, gold and silver paint. The silkscreen designs include 2 full size designs and 2 sheets of 6 1.75″ medallions that are perfect for making pendants, rings etc. Click Here to Download The Whimsical Bead Silkscreening...

This free and downloadable polymer clay project is suitable for all skill levels and can be adapted to create many different projects. Whilst this tutorial is to create a pendant, you could also create earrings, bracelets and even veneers to cover items. Click Here to Download The Whimsical Bead Polymer Clay 'Rainbow Bubbles' Tutorial For assistance with this project or for any further information, please do not hesitate to contact Dani at dani@thewhimsicalbead.com.au ...

One of the most-asked questions I get when I'm teaching or demonstrating at shows/classes is 'What's the best thing to use when trying to clean up polymer clay?' Many people make the mistake of trying to clean their pasta machine and tools with soap and water or wipes. This really just doesn't work and often results in your tools getting all rusty. The best thing to use when you want to clean your tools, your work surface (and your hands!) is isopropyl...