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Sometimes I think we all get a little too comfortable in our surroundings and with what we are doing and fail to challenge and push ourselves out of our comfort zones.  I know this is true of me at times so when this new challenge presented itself to me, I was excited and petrified all at the same time! So, what am I talking about you may be asking yourselves?! Well, about 6 weeks or so ago, by recommendation of Lara...

Those of you who have been to one of Kay Lancashire's workshops will know that they are always a treat! Kay is the owner of Kay's Artycles, an online store and gallery stocking unique findings and supplies for all your jewellery and beading creations. Lucky for us, Kay is also a seriously talented artist who loves to pass on her knowledge to willing students and we had a whole group of them here on the 2nd March 2014, just waiting to learn! Kay...

On the 1st of March I held a brand new polymer clay workshop, 'Alluring Layering'.  On first glance the project featured in this workshop looks rather easy but it's all about being precise in your technique. Students learned not only about layering their polymer clay components but also how to add rings to the back of the components for easy stringing and how to put them all together to make some unique pieces of jewellery.   As with all the workshops we run...

My 'Ancient Organic' polymer clay workshop is one that I have taught twice now. Once in 2013 and once only a few weeks ago. I try not to repeat my workshops too often however when the demand is there I'm only too happy to do so. I'm so glad I did in this instance as I had a lovely group of ladies up here at the studio. The weather wasn't exactly ideal - it was mid to high 30's and rather...

The first of our metal workshops was held here at the studio last Sunday and we had a wonderful day with Robyn and Jules from Deegan Designs. The studio was a buzz early on with everyone eager to get started and by the end of the day we had a room full of very happy students with their beautiful creations. Robyn and Jules will be back at the studio approximately every 8 weeks to teach more exciting...

These bamboo tile beads are effective and you will learn/use quite a number of techniques when creating them so they are great for beginners. Experiment with different colours and textures!      Supplies List: 2 x blocks Polymer Clay (I have used Sculpey Premo in Gold & Burnt Umber 56gram) Bamboo Tiles (I got mine from www.kaysartycles.com.au) Liquid Polymer Clay (I used Liquid Sculpey) Acrylic Paint (I used Jo Sonja's brand in Carbon Black) Renaissance Wax or Varnish Tools List: Tissue Blade Pasta Machine Smooth Work Surface (glass, perspex etc) Acrylic Roller Needle Tool Texture Sheet (I have used Studio by Sculpey...

The ‘Skinner’ Blend was developed by artist Judith Skinner. It is a simple way of creating sheets of graded colour. The Skinner Blend is an essential part of claying and has numerous uses.  It is also a great way to incorporate fantastic shading and contrasts into your work.  It is a ‘must learn’ technique but don’t worry – it’s not hard at all!   Supplies List : 2 x blocks Polymer Clay (I have used Gold & Burnt Umber Premo 56gram) Tools List: Tissue Blade Pasta Machine Smooth...

Mica Shift is a wonderful polymer clay technique that involves aligning the mica particles within metallic/pearl polymer clay and then misaligning (or disturbing them) when imprinting the clay with texture sheets/stamps. The raised areas of the clay are sliced off, leaving a seemingly 3D image trapped within the clay! The best thing about this technique is that it is relatively easy to achieve.  Click here to Download The Whimsical Bead 'Mica Shift' Tutorial For assistance with this project or for any further...

There has been so many wonderful workshops here at The Whimsical Bead and so many more planned. I have always loved classes and workshops. I guess I am one of those people who have a 'thirst for knowledge'. I am also someone who loves a hearty chat and a good discussion too. These days it is easy to get caught up in the hype of the internet and social media and we can forget how great it can be to actually physically attend...

Many of my students have been on Pinterest for quite awhile and many of them regularly bring their iPads and tablets to show me images and share inspiring images with their peers. As many people will know I'm not a huge fan of social media! Whilst I enjoy being able to make contact with my customers and interact with them regularly, I believe that in some ways social media is taking over and is affecting our personal relationships. As with everything...