Previous Workshops

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.

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As I wrote about previously, I particpated in the COPPRClay workshop which was run here at the studio last month. Because I don't have a kiln.....(yet!)...all our pieces, including mine, were taken by Lara to be fired in her kiln.  I came home the other day to a package which contained our beautiful copper treasures. They didn't look like much straight out of the kiln - quite dirty in fact - but once I'd finished brushing, sanding, burnishing and polishing, my clasp looked beautiful. Because I was so pleased with it, I thought I'd share it with you!

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I haven't had a chance to post until today, but last Sunday The Whimsical Bead held a second COPPRClay workshop taught by talented artist Lara LeReveur

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Last Saturday, 1st August, I hosted a COPPRclay workshop taught by Lara LeReveur. COPPRclay was released in 2009 and is made up of pure copper, water and non-toxic binding materials. The binding materials vaporise during the kiln-firing process leaving you with a solid copper piece with a density over 95% that of cast copper.  COPPRclay has a pleasant consistency, is forgiving to hand at the leather hard stage, fires consistently well and has a large shrinkage rate (approx. 30%) which makes for good details of texture.

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Today in the studio we had a Metal Clay Play day with Lara Le Reveur.  These days are held every 6 weeks or so and are becoming very popular.  You can come and use our tools and equipment to create your own metal clay piece/s.   The great thing about this day is that you have a highly experienced tutor/artist on hand to help you with your designs plus you can interact with other metal clay artists, and get some ideas for future projects. 

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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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