You asked for it and now I can finally announce that I am teaching at a location closer to inner Melbourne! Boutique Beads is a beautiful little shop located at 179 St.Georges Rd, Fitzroy,Vic (Ph.03 9482 4021). Angela at Boutique Beads specialises in vintage lucite beads which I recently discovered go perfectly with polymer clay beads!!
The Polymer Arts is a brand new magazine for professional and aspiring polymer clay artists. This magazine is a quarterly publication
Each issue will include a rotations of regular articles on the following:
This was the theme for the first annual Aussiepolyclayers Competition and what a competition it turned out to be. I was honoured to be asked to be a judge of this competition and when I happily accepted the position, I had no idea that the standard of entries was going to be so high. There were 21 entries, each unique in it's own right. The creator of each piece was anonymous to the judges and was judged using a framework and scoresheet created by Christine Dumont, founder of Voila. I am so proud to be a member of the Australian polymer clay community and I would like to share with you some of the amazing works that came out of this competition.
Today I held a kaleidoscope cane workshop at our studio in Healesville, Victoria and what great fun it was! Rather than give the participants a specific 'pattern' to follow, we spent some time talking about the principles of kaleidoscope canes and tessellations - what makes up a kaleidoscope cane, colour basics etc - and I encouraged each person to create their own design. This was met with looks of horror!! After some direction and reassurance, everyone was busy conditioning clay, jotting down designs and making basic canes such as jellyrolls, striped canes and checkboards.
Recently I managed to find a new supplier for the watch innards we currently sell in store. I am pleased to announce that not only are our prices now much better on this product, but the watch parts are a better mix too. There is a great range of cogs, pins and stoppers. These watch innards are great for use with polymer clay, resin, mixed media designs, embroidery....the list goes on!
Yesterday was our 'Mica Shift' Clay Play day. Mica shift is an amazing polymer clay technique which creates a 3-dimensional (3D) effect within a flat sheet of clay. It is created with metallic (or sometimes pearlescent) polymer clays which contain mica particles. The technique has to do with the aligning/mis-aligning of the mica particles within the clay. You can use mica shift to create some wonderful pieces.
Recently we have just celebrated Mother's Day and I wanted to share with you an activity we did with the children at the creche where I work part-time. Our Kinder teacher and I did this activity with our Kinder aged children (approx. 4 yrs old) for them to give to their Mum's for Mother's Day. I wish I had of taken photos of them completing their keepsakes as they had a ball.
n. pl. met·a·mor·pho·ses
At the moment I feel this is an appropriate word to describe The Whimsical Bead. In 2006, we started off as a small store selling a selection of beads and findings. 2011 nows finds us selling off the beads and specialising in polymer clay and all that surrounds this wonderful medium. The direction of the business - and myself personally - have done a complete turn-around. Goals have changed and new passions ignited.
Last weekend I held a workshop on combining paints, inks, foils and mica powders with polymer clay. It was a small class but we all had a great time - I even made a few things - what a surprise!! Here are some pics.......