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Author: Dani Rapinett

Robyn and Julie Wilson from Deegan Designs are regulars here at The Whimsical Bead studio these days.  We are holding metal workshops approximately every 8 weeks which I just love! Most of them I join in on as a student and I've made some wonderful pieces and learned some fabulous techniques. In June 2014, we held a 'Catch Up' workshop for students who had missed Robyn's previous workshops. Students could choose from 4 projects; Copper Rose; Linked Up Bracelet; Steampunk Cuff; or Basketweave Bracelet. These...

Is your creativity in holiday mode? Has your mojo taken an unwelcome break? This happens to the best of us - usually during the periods when we've actually got time to create! There's nothing worse than sitting down to design and make your next masterpiece only to be drawing a blank.  Perhaps you need some inspiration to rediscover and invigorate your creativity? Why not try the following?? 1. Take a Walk in the Great Outdoors! Nature can be a great inspiration. Visit your...

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?' Many people make the mistake of trying to clean their pasta machine and tools with soap and water or wipes. This really just doesn't work and often results in your tools getting all rusty. The best thing to use when you want to clean your tools, your work surface (and your hands!) is isopropyl...

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. I have been following US artist Nicole Hanna for some time now both on her Blog and on her Facebook page and was surprised to read her recent Blog post titled 'Creativity and Chronic Illness'. Nicole has been battling an undiagnosed illness for a number of years and has been on the emotional rollercoaster that comes with this...

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. Click Here to Download The Whimsical Bead Antique Flower Brooch Tutorial For assistance with this project or for any further information, please do not hesitate to contact Dani at dani@thewhimsicalbead.com.au ...

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! Click Here to Download The Whimsical Bead Rainbow Spiral Cane Tutorial For assistance with this project or for any further information, please do not hesitate to contact Dani at dani@thewhimsicalbead.com.au ...

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. Click Here to Download The Whimsical Bead Polymer Clay Dotty Earrings Tutorial For assistance with this project or for any further information, please do not hesitate to contact Dani at dani@thewhimsicalbead.com.au ...

Did you know that we run semi-regular chainmaille workshops from The Whimsical Bead studio?? Our resident 'mailler' Karen Donald is always coming up with new and exciting workshops to run from the studio. We offer these approximately every 8-10 weeks depending on demand. All the rings used in our chainmaille workshops are hand wound and cut by chainmailler extraordinaire Deb Mahoney of Aussie Maille. Here are some of the previous projects that have been taught here at the studio. ...

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. In this mixed media workshop, students used pre-fabricated components, 'odds and ends' and bead soup to create stunning feature neckpieces using techniques such as riveting, eyeletting and wire wrapping. These pieces were coloured with many different products such as Vintaj, Lumiere, Pinata paints and plain ol' simple nail varnish! This workshop was so...

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. This was held on Sunday 13th Apri in the Healesville studio and I must say, it is one of the most interesting, fun techniques I have tried in quite some time. I can certainly see the potential...