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Author: Dani Rapinett

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,...

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...

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. This workshop is available by request. Contact me about coming to my studio to learn it...

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. We made each child a heart from polymer clay...

Sunday I spent a long, but great, day at Funky Lula's Beads in Mornington, Victoria. I have been teaching there quite regularly and now have a talented group of ladies who come regularly. They started off as beginners but are now becoming quite the 'clayers', producing some wonderful works. I thought I'd share some photos of everyone busily working away. Don't forget, I am happy to travel for teaching so why not contact me for more details. This could be the year...

metamorphosis  met·a·mor·pho·sis n. pl. met·a·mor·pho·ses  A marked change in appearance, character, condition, or function. Also called 'transformation' 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...

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...

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. This workshop was all about not only creating and forming the pieces from COPPRClay but also how to refine them before they were fired. We had a lovely small class which I also joined in with. We had a fabulous day and all created some beautiful copper pieces.  I am thinking I really need to hurry up and get myself...

As some of you may know, I recently ran a promotion where all proceeds from the sale of any Artisan Polymer Clay item would go directly to the Red Cross Victorian Floods Appeal 2011.  With your support we managed to raise and donate $350 to this worthy cause so thankyou! I had not yet sent off the money and was debating the best way to do this (cheque, credit card, etc) and this morning I decided the quickest and easiest way would...

Today I spent the day at Funky Lula's Beads & Baubles in Mornington, Victoria teaching a workshop on creating canes. Each student created a leaf cane and a flower cane using colours of their choice. They then spent a few hours creating their own special beads. We had a great day and I encourage those who are located near the Mornington Peninsula to visit Kerryn's shop. It's a lovely little place filled with a great variety of beads, findings and stringing materials. I will be teaching more workshops at...