My name is Dani and I own and run The Whimsical Bead. For as long as I can remember I have loved to ‘create’. I began beading and creating jewellery in 2004 after attending a short 2 hour class. Soon my beads were over the house and I had enough to start a small shop……literally! In 2006 The Whimsical Bead was born.
Somewhere during that time I discovered a wonderful medium that I had not heard much about – Polymer Clay. It did not take long before this enticing medium captured my full attention and I was hooked! I just love the versatility of polymer clay. It never ceases to amaze me and, for me, it never becomes boring – there is always something new to learn.
Whilst polymer clay is our passion, you are sure to find something that suits the medium you work in - metal clay, resin, beading, mixed media - we've got a range of products to suit. Along with our full range of Premo polymer clay, we also specialise in blanks and bezels and stock a large variety of other products such as stamps, texture mats, cutters, stringing materials, inks and paints, jewellery findings and lots more.
Here at The Whimsical Bead our focus is on high quality products and good, old fashioned customer service. We pride ourselves on our high level of customer service and attention to detail, which means you receive a pleasant, hassle-free shopping experience. We're not interested in stocking products "just for the sake of having them". We only stock quality products – products that we would use ourselves, so you can buy with confidence.
We also run classes in a variety of mediums from our relaxed studio environment in the beautiful Yarra Valley, Victoria, (only an hour from Melbourne) as well as other various locations. All workshops run through The Whimsical Bead are listed on our website where you can view details of the workshop and place availability plus you can also book online if desired.
We pride ourselves on our relaxed yet, professional workshop space where you can feel comfortable no matter what your personality or skill level.
We understand that each student has individual expectations and needs and we are more than happy to work with you and any issues you may have when attending our workshops - from food intolerances to anxiety disorders - please feel free to contact us with any queries you may have.
I’ve had the privilege of meeting a lot of wonderful people since opening The Whimsical Bead and as a result, as well as making some great friends, I have access to highly experienced, professional tutors in mediums such as polymer clay, precious metal clay, lampworking, chainmaille/wirework, metal work, seed beading and enamelling. Our tutors are friendly, approachable and experts in their medium/s.
I love to pass on my knowledge of polymer clay and I feel very lucky that people want to learn from me. There is nothing like empowering someone with knowledge and watching that knowledge grow as their enthusiasm does. Many of my students are amazed by what they have been able to achieve in class and leave with such a huge smile on their face and an eagerness to keep creating. It is a wonderful feeling to know that I’ve helped create that happiness and enthusiasm.
We are always happy to receive feedback – positive or negative - and will take on board what you have to say, so please do not hesitate to contact us.
The Whimsical Bead Studio and Classroom
We are fortunate enough to have a beautiful outdoor area right outside the studio for students to take advantage of.
We often sit out here to have lunch and occasionally move our classroom out here when it's too nice to be inside!
Our resident Goldie Indi Mae is always happy to greet those who want a pat or a cuddle!