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Author: Dani Rapinett

I love these new silicone beads and I love having them in the studio as they're so bright and happy. Now you really can be like a kid in a candy store! With a 2mm hole, they fit on our buna cord and also the ball chain we stock. They'll look great one their own or with polymer clay, resin...

Once again, we had a busy month here at the studio in August. Lots of wonderful things were created and lots of fun had! One of the first workshops we held this month was Polymer Clay Brilliant Bezels. This is always a popular workshop and we'll likely run it again next semester so if you're interested, let me know by commenting here. If we get enough interest we will definitely offer this again. Here's a few photos from the day including student...

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. This issue features cover art by the amazing Nikolina Otrzan and there's also some wonderful articles on hand tooled texture, tactile jewellery, talking with texture and so much more. Our friend Christi Friesen also has a wonderful article inside. Being invited to...

July was a busy month here at the studio with workshops in a variety of mediums taking place. From Polymer Clay to Resin, Metal Work to Precious Metal Clay with some beading thrown in too! Here's a little sneak peek...

On Sunday 30th July (2017) we were so pleased to welcome Leanne & Simon from Oraco Resin Arts to our team of tutors. Leanne & Simon taught our two sell-out classes of excited students how to create their very own piece of amazing resin art (and how to do this again at home if they wished). These workshops will only ever run with 6 students so you receive personalised attention from tutors (2 tutors : 6 students). We'll be running more in the...

You are invited to our very first Whimsical Bead Fun Day! It's going to be just that - fun, plus a whole lot more too. Come for a quick visit or stay for a few hours - the choice is yours. There will be demonstrations of particular techniques and products from some of our tutors, door prizes and studio-only specials. This is a great opportunity for you to come and see where we are and what we do here at the studio. It's...

Micro Mesh is a product created for sanding media such as wood, acrylic and metal however it works wonderfully on polymer clay. It differs from sandpaper as it is made from flexible cloth. This cloth may also be attached to foam pads (on both sides) to allow for cushioning when sanding (resulting in a better finish). These are called ‘Soft Touch’ pads. Although Micro Mesh works similarly to wet/dry sandpaper, there are some definite advantages to using Micro Mesh over sandpaper. Whilst all sandpaper will...

Whilst our online supply store may be closed for the time being, make no mistake we're still open for business, are receiving new stock every day and not going anywhere! As many of you would know, especially those who have visited the studio and attended our 10th Birthday Celebrations last September, the last few years have been quite difficult for me health wise. I've suffered from chronic health issues for the past 20 or so years and have numerous conditions that make...

With Bead and Buy , a public holiday long weekend and us finalising the new workshop schedule for semester 2, we've been pretty busy so June was a relatively quiet month for workshops. The ones we held were good ones though and very popular. Without a doubt the most popular workshop this month was our Maille Mania : Focus on Chainmaille Bezels workshop. This was an intermediate workshop and booked out last year within only a few days of us listing it. Each student managed to...

I've always loved the Vintaj Patina range. They are extremely versatile across many mediums, come in a range fabulous colours (which are blendable) and are easy to use. This week I received a shipment of findings and within this, some beautiful large metal alloy rings which are perfect for colouring with Vintaj Patinas. So, I decided to have a play and put together this quick and easy free project for you to try. We stock the full range of Vintaj Patinas in the...