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Those of you who receive our newsletter will know that we held a competition in February. Each person that made an order online during the month of February received an entry to win a copy of the latest The Polymer Arts magazine due to arrive in store any day now. 

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Well......in this case it was 'not so little' flowers to start with!!  Yesterday I held a polymer clay flower caning workshop here at the studio. Everyone spent the afternoon creating their own pretty flower canes which started off quite large and then were reduced down to an appropriate size for bead making.  I was amazing by the variation in each student's cane - each was beautiful in it's own way.  Each student had a variety of experience - from 'almost' beginners to students who have been claying for a few years now. No matter what skill level, each student finished the lesson with their own gorgeous flower cane.

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I thought I would share with you some great new products that have made their way into our store. Something completely different........Stamps!!  I have purchased a range of Kaiser Craft clear, acrylic, unmounted stamps which are a high quality brand of stamp with a beautiful range of designs.

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Yesterday we had our fortnightly 'Clay Play' here at the Healesville studio. We had a full class which was great - everyone was able to feed off and encourage each other. We had those who had been claying for awhile and some who are just starting out.

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I am so excited to finally announce that the very talented and highly sought after Christi Friesen will be visiting Australia on a teaching tour in March 2012 and the  The Whimsical Bead will be one of her stopping points.

Christi works in mixed media, combining polymer clay, glass, acrylic, found objects, gemstones and semi-precious stones, glass beads, pearls, precious metals, and pigments to make her unique sculptures and art jewellery.

Christi‚Äôs pieces are all little works of art and her unique style is known throughout the world.  You can see more of her work at www.cforiginals.net .

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Here at The Whimsical Bead we would like to wish all our customers and students a safe and joyous festive season.

We hope that your Christmas is filled wtih love and laughter and the year to follow brings happiness, good health and of course, lots of creativity!

We would like to thank you for your business this year. Without your support and loyalty, The Whimsical Bead woud not be where it is today. We really do appreciate your custom and hope that you will return in 2012!

We look forward to helping inspire your inner artist and fuel your creative spirit!

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Not to be confused with 'The Polymer Arts', 'From Polymer to Art' is a new, glossy print publication edited in the Netherlands and written in English.  It has been launched by Marjon Donker and Saskia Veltenaar of the Dutch Polymer Clay Guild who proclaim it is an 'international, arty, fashionable magazine all about polymer clay!'.

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After months of preparation, a hectic day of travelling and setting up and 3 long days trading (plus the workshop I taught!) , the 2011 Melbourne Bead Expo is over.  The Expo was held at the Kingston Town Hall in Moorabbin over 3 days. Like last year we traded next to good friends and fellow traders, Kay from Kay's Artycles and Jo from Cranberry Beads, however this year The Whimsical Bead had three tables rather than the two we had last year. This extra table served as a demonstration space so that we could show customers and potential students what the medium of polymer clay was all about. It was received well and most of the time drew a reasonably sized crowd.

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Last weekend I taught a workshop for a wonderful group of ladies in Langwarrin. These ladies all used to attend workshops at Funky Lula's in Mornington until the doors closed a few months ago.  One lady offered her home as a studio and so we all travelled there.  The day was spent creating basic canes which were later turned into more complex kaleidscope canes. I thought I would show you all what can be achieved by attentive listening and a little patience!

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I thought I would share with you a piece that I created a few weeks ago specifically for the Melbourne Bead Expo Showcase.  It is made from polymer clay using imprint mokume gane techniques. Each bead has two tubes at the back, also created from polymer clay, which is how the piece is strung together (I apologise as I completely forgot to take a photo of the back before I submitted it!). Each polymer clay bead was sanded and then buffed - both by hand. A painstakingly tedious job but for me it was completely worthwhile!

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