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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...

After the excitement of Christi Friesen coming to visit, we had yet another international artist on their way to the studio. The amazing Melanie Muir. Melanie was due to arrive at the studio on Friday and spend the weekend teaching a very excited group of ladies how to create her rock cuffs and pendants. I had already completed Melanie's online rock cuffs class so I  knew that what we were about to learn was going to be GREAT! And sure enough, it...

After a wonderful day claying with my buddies on Saturday, I spent Sunday preparing for clay guru Christi Friesen to arrive and  left late Sunday afternoon to pick her up from her previous destination. I remember having such a great time with Christi last year when she visited, but I forgot exactly how great Christi is. I've never met a more generous, funny and informative tutor. Christi really is 'the whole package' when it comes to tutors and is an amazing lady personally...

After a lot of persuasion, I have finally put The Whimsical Bead on Facebook!  I am still learning all about how it works but we're there and it's certainly a start. All the latest news from the studio will be posted there - new products, updates, workshops etc. - just give me some time to get into the swing of it all!! You can find us (and like us!) HERE . I hope you come and join us!...