General Musings

If you work with polymer clay here in Australia, you'll know that it's been virtually impossible to get a spray sealer that doesn't react with polymer.
I've been trying for years to import PYM II which is a spray sealer that has been known to work perfectly with polymer clay and not react like so many do. Unfortunately I've been unsuccessful due to many reasons.

Like myself, one of my long time students, Laura Yodgee, was extremely frustrated by this and since I just haven't had the time to do any testing myself, she took it upon herself to take on this lengthy task! She's spent the last year or so testing products and keeping me updated on the results. We've had several discussions about these and also discussed our findings from Ginger at The Blue Bottle Tree who does many tests and experimentations with all things polymer related and has previously conducted many tests on various spray sealers (and again many of these just aren't available here in Australia).

Thank you to Laura for all her hard work and sharing her findings with us. I'll have the Helmar's Crystal Kote available here at the studio very soon.
I'm going to turn you over to Laura now who will share her tests and more importantly the conclusions from these with us........
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Today I have some sad news to share with you.

As most of you would know, two years ago I, along with Jo, Kay and Prue, started a wonderful venture called Bead and Buy, with the idea of bringing the community together through their love of creating.

It has been a wonderful few years but unfortunately due to my ongoing health issues that I am sure you’re all aware of, and the stress associated with exhibiting, I have sadly had to resign from Bead and Buy and pull out of future events.

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Have you seen the new Polymer Arts magazine?
It's the Fall 2017 issue, it's entitled 'Texture' and I was lucky enough to be able to work with the amazing Sage and write an article (on my favourite subject!) for my most favourite publication.

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As part of our 10th Birthday Celebrations we are so lucky to have the amazing Christi Friesen here at the studio.

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As part of our 10th Birthday Celebrations, we held a VIP evening event on Monday 12th September.

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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.

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Is your creativity in holiday mode? Has your mojo taken an unwelcome break? This happens to the best of us - usually during the periods when we've actually got time to create! There's nothing worse than sitting down to design and make your next masterpiece only to be drawing a blank.  Perhaps you need some inspiration to rediscover and invigorate your creativity?

Why not try the following??

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I wanted to share with you a blog post I read last week that really struck a chord with me. It is an issue quite close to my heart. 

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Sometimes I think we all get a little too comfortable in our surroundings and with what we are doing and fail to challenge and push ourselves out of our comfort zones.  I know this is true of me at times so when this new challenge presented itself to me, I was excited and petrified all at the same time!

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There has been so many wonderful workshops here at The Whimsical Bead and so many more planned. I have always loved classes and workshops. I guess I am one of those people who have a 'thirst for knowledge'. I am also someone who loves a hearty chat and a good discussion too.

These days it is easy to get caught up in the hype of the internet and social media and we can forget how great it can be to actually physically attend a workshop. There is so much information online now - tutorials, e-books, webinars, pinterest, Facebook, YouTube videos....the list goes on. This is fantastic for those of us who live in remote locations or for whatever reason cannot attend workshops but for those of you who do have the option of a physical workshop does this overload of online media prevent you from attending physical workshops?

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