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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?'

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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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This cute little brooch/pendant is suitable for all skill levels. There are a number of techniques in this tutorial that could be adapted to suit other projects also.

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This easy tutorial makes beautiful beads just by slciing up the cane or you can apply its slices to base beads to create wonderful beads!

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This free tutorial is downloadable and can be adapted to a great variety of projects.

This fun and funky technique can also be used to create things other than earrings - learn the technique then create pendants, cabochons even veneers for covering items such as cuffs etc.

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Did you know that we run semi-regular chainmaille workshops from The Whimsical Bead studio??

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Kay Lancashire - of Kay's Artycles' - Pocket Full of Posy workshop is a fabulous workshop for so many students as it covers such a wide range of techniques.

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Over the past twelve months I've been lucky enough to book some fabulous workshops with some amazing tutors but every so often one comes along that I simply MUST attend myself.  This was one of those workshops - Introduction to Foldforming with Robyn Wilson.

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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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Those of you who have been to one of Kay Lancashire's workshops will know that they are always a treat!

Kay is the owner of Kay's Artycles, an online store and gallery stocking unique findings and supplies for all your jewellery and beading creations. Lucky for us, Kay is also a seriously talented artist who loves to pass on her knowledge to willing students and we had a whole group of them here on the 2nd March 2014, just waiting to learn!

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