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Some of you may remember that a little while back one of my students, Laura Yodgee, completed some comprehensive testing on spray sealers for use on polymer clay. What you may not know is that Laura is also a budding writer (and a pretty good one at that!). She has offered to write some tutorials and informative posts for The Whimsical Bead Blog which means only good things - Laura gets to write, you get some fabulous tutorials and projects...

If you work with polymer clay here in Australia, you'll know that it's been virtually impossible to get a spray sealer that doesn't react with polymer. I've been trying for years to import PYM II which is a spray sealer that has been known to work perfectly with polymer clay and not react like so many do. Unfortunately I've been unsuccessful due to many reasons. Like myself, one of my long time students, Laura Yodgee, was extremely frustrated by this and since...

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...

2016 is a very special year for The Whimsical Bead as it marks 10 years of us being in business. Whilst it's been a few months since this special event, the wonderful pieces that were submitted as part of our 10th Birthday Celebrations Competition are very much still cemented in my mind and I'm long overdue in sharing them with you. Our 10th Birthday Celebrations Competition challenged participants to create a piece of wearable or non - wearable art from any one...

As part of our 10th Birthday Celebrations we are so lucky to have the amazing Christi Friesen here at the studio. This is Christi's 5th visit here to The Whimsical Bead and we just love having her here. Whilst I'm certainly not a sculptor I always love pushing my creative skills just that little bit further than I usually would in Christi's workshops. We always have such a lot of fun. I can thoroughly recommend spending time doing a workshops with her. For those...

As part of our 10th Birthday Celebrations, we held a VIP evening event on Monday 12th September. Spaces were limited and the hardest part was only being able to invite a limited number of people. Attendees were those who have been a significant part of The Whimsical Bead's journey and it was so wonderful to have so many of these people in one place all together and I was so incredibly glad that Debbie Crothers and Christi Friesen could be a part...

As part of our 10th Birthday Celebrations we are so lucky to have my beautiful friend and amazing polymer clay artist, Debbie Crothers here at the studio teaching 3 days of wonderful workshops. I've known Debbie for around about 8 years now and she is not only an amazing artist but a great big ball of energetic fun. I always feel so so inspired and energised after a visit from her! We did two different workshops this time around revolving around Disperse Dyes, Pebeo...

 ** UPDATED - EXTENDED DEADLINE. Due to popular demand, I am giving you all an extra weekend to finish and submit your entries. Photo Entries are due by Monday 8th August 2016 by 5pm AEST. The actual pieces still need to be received by 31st August as in the original post. 2016 is a very special year for The Whimsical Bead as it marks 10 years of us being in business. Where did that time go?! Our ‘official’ birthday is 25th September and in...

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...

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...