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Only 2 years after the devastating bushfires, Victoria is facing more destruction as floods wash through the state.  Queensland and NSW are also victims of these horrific floods. Help us to help those affected by the recent Floods. Any proceeds from the sale of any Artisan polymer clay item purchased up until 13th February 2011 will go directly to the Red Cross Flood Appeal. PLUS, if you're ordering one of these items, simply enter the codeword  FLOOD  during checkout and you will receive free shipping on these items...

Aluminium cuff blanks have been very hard to find here in Australia for quite some time now and I am pleased to announce that The Whimsical Bead will now be stocking them!  We've got 4 different widths which can all be pulled out to fit many different sized wrists. Cuff blanks are extremely versatile. You can use them as bases for polymer clay cuffs - see below for some of my creations. You can also use them for stamping on which...

Each year I take the time to create something small for each of the girls that I work with. I think it's a nice way to end the year, especially during that last week or so before Christmas when the time starts to drag before we all go on holidays for a week.  Most of them look forward to it and love opening their Christmas cards which have a little something extra inside them. With all thats been happening around here,...

As many of you would know, I recently exhibited at the Melbourne Bead Expo here in Victoria. Thank you to those of you who came past the stand and visited. It was lovely to see some 'old' faces and to also put new faces to names. I haven't written about the Expo before now as, silly me forgot to take photos. I didn't forget the camera - oh no, that was safely packed in my bag but unfortunately I didn't remember to get...

Last weekend was the weekend of the Lilydale Annual Spring Show.  Each year I try to enter a few pieces into their juried exhibition and this year was no exception.  This year I entered into the Advanced Beadwork category.  I decided to move away from polymer clay as this medium is not very well understood at this event (I need to do some more educating in this area!!).  Because of this, I thought it was the perfect time to challenge myself...

These past few weeks have been super busy with quite a few shipments of stock arriving.  I am busily preparing for the next few months when I will be teaching at various locations - Amya Beads, Funky Lulas and Chicky Babes Beads. We will also be having a stand again at the Melbourne Bead Expo in November so I've been collecting stock for that too - I feel like a squirrel, hoarding things away for the winter!! Here is just a few of the boxes that arrived...

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...

Yesterday morning we held a chainmaille workshop at the studio. Students were to create a bracelet with Japanese 12 in 2 weave. This is one of my favourite chainmaille weaves as it has quite a bit of weight to it (with approx. 400 rings) and looks very classy when finished with a beautiful clasp. The workshop was taught by the talented Karen Donald who is also a polymer clay artist and a seedbeader - yes she does it all! Our kits were...