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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...

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,...