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Testimonials

Jenny Venn VIC

Hi Danni, I thoroughly enjoyed the workshop yesterday. I have a better grip of the basics now but also look forward to trying the other activities I have done in past workshops. I think you are a wonderful tutor who is very generous with her time and equipment and supplies. It was great seeing the variety of ways the clay could be used .You are very generous with your time helping students, being non judgemental and hepling where it was needed. Thankyou for your advice and expertise. Sincerely, Jenny Venn.

Teigan Kate Melbourne, VIC

Dani is so great! She organised a class especially for us and it was amazing. Could not recommend highly enough! Don’t do the ones in the city, come to Healesville, you won’t find a class better than Dani’s!

Pat & Joan VIC

Hello Dani, Just to say many thanks for your excellent workshop with Leanne on inks and clay. Joan and I came away inspired and excited to have a go at home. I think we were very fortunate to have such a good teacher who put so much into getting everything just right. I have some pendants in the oven right now and then later the resin to make the colours sing. Once again, Thank you for a wonderful day, Pat.

Nicole McCarthy VIC

What can I say I loved this workshop! Leanne is fantastic. She is very helpful and patient and made the class very relaxed while still being informative. I have only started experimenting with polymer clay over the past few months and this workshop opened my eyes to even more mixed media that I can use with clay. I would say to anyone who wants to learn something new or expand on their skills to come along to one of Leanne's classes, you won't be disappointed. Thanks Nicole

Elle Jay VIC

Dani and her team at the Whimsical Bead in Healesville provide a safe and nurturing learning environment. There are wonderful workshops that would suit anyone, no matter what your interest or skill level. Mediums from Polymer Clay to Leather Work to Wire Work to Metal Work to Chain Maille to Bead Weaving and Bead Embroidery. Guest tutors offer such an amazing array of talent and experience. Well worth a visit to feed your creativity.

Leanne Fergeus Wattle Glen, VIC

The Whimsical Bead is my happy place to go to in the beautiful Yarra valley. I have attended many classes and always have a fabulously creative day. Dani and her tutors are extremely knowledgeable and generous, prices are very reasonable and the environment is stimulating. I could not recommend TWB highly enough, do yourself a favour, book a class and experience it for yourself.

Rochelle Rodier QLD

Living in Far North Queensland limits my personal contact with Dani and her Whimsical Bead but for 7 years I have considered The Whimsical Bead my preferred supplier of all things polymer. Indeed Dani instigated my polymer clay journey through her article on honeycomb mokume gane. Dani is an obliging and inspiring person. Her efforts to provide support and to happily supply my needs are exemplary. Whenever anyone shows an interest in polymer clay, I always highly recommend Dani and The Whimsical Bead.

Lorraine Rauert VIC

This is the place to go for getting your mojo back it gets the creativity going, more importantly safe haven to be in. No stress no pressure.

Alex Ehlert VIC

Nothing is too much trouble for the Whimsical Bead people. The workshops have great facilitators. Well worth it.

Tamara Ellis Healesville, VIC

The Whimsical Bead is an amazing place to learn new skills of all sorts. Offering everything from polymer clay tutorials to bead work, metal work and photography. Dani and the tutors are amazing and are always willing to help. Can't wait to book in my next crafty get away.

Katie Laczko VIC

The Whimsical Bead is a total haven for crafters of all sorts. They have a giant range of polymer clay and associated accessories all for better prices than the majority of online retailers, plus Dani is ridiculously talented at clay and always happy to answer questions. They also stock a wide array at jewellery findings, pigments (also a huge range and amazing prices) and jewellery making tools. The guest tutors are amazing and provide a wealth of fun, interesting classes - I just learned how to melt and cast Pewter which I am now enthralled with. Classes are really fun, its a great group of people from a variety of backgrounds and experiences - plus its a great mix of formal teaching and informal coffee and snacks throughout. Also it's important to mention Indi, the gorgeous and super helpful doggy shop assistant. She is also an expert on about bringing her toys to show you and getting belly rubs. A+++ shop, prices and staff. I can't recommend highly enough.

Lynda Ash VIC

Hi Dani, Thanks for a fantastic day. Leanne is a very good tutor and the results were amazing. Learning off everyone else as well gives you so much food for thought as to what you can do with inks and polymer clay.

Sylvia Walton Camperdown, VIC

Dani, a note of thanks for an amazing workshop at The Whimsical Bead studio with you and Leanne Fergues last Sunday. The format of the day where you and Leanne so generously shared your respective expertise in polymer clay and alcoholic ink artistry respectively was a delightful surprise. Having two specialised tutors, high quality workshops notes and kit topped off an experience I am happy to share and recommend. The workshop was shared with a friend as a birthday gift and provided a unique experience for us both in a fun and friendly environment, with the bonus of improved skills. Will be looking out for the new workshops, thank you …

Sue Chittenden VIC

A lovely place to visit, relaxed, helpful and knowledgable. Cannot recommend highly enough!

Margaret Ardley Whittlesea, VIC

A day at The Whimsical Bead is always a day full of great workshops, fabulous instructors and fantastic beading mates. Love my time there. Will continue to go there time after time after time.

Jayne Traegar-Bliss VIC

I attended Kay Lancashire's ring workshop and, as always, it was a perfect weekend! Your studio is right up there on my list of “Happy Places.” It’s not just the excellent classes and instructors, it’s the whole vibe. I always enjoy the connection with classmates and the general bliss that comes from being with like-minded people. I also appreciate the effort you put into organising everything, down to the smallest detail. Thanks Dani. You are a star!

Peta Fowler Gembrook, VIC

Every aspect of The Whimsical Bead is friendly, professional, easy to navigate, and reasonably priced. Dani is not only a lovely person and easy to get along with, she is an amazing artist, facilitator/trainer/teacher. In class you feel at ease immediately, and always take home a new gambit of technical skills. The guest teachers are amazing and also generous with their knowledge and experience. I have learned so much, and gained so much confidence after attending a few classes. It took me a couple of years to make it to a class - don't wait, just get in there! Before that I purchased from the online shop - excellent quality products at very reasonable prices, and of course wonderful customer service. The Whimsical Bead has opened my eyes to a whole new world of creativity. Yay! Thanks Dani!

Sophie Tornatore VIC

Walking into the Whimsical Bead studio for the first time is a treat to the senses. A mingling of art gallery, shop and classroom, its hard to know where to look first. With a lineup of possibilities displayed on every available surface, inspiration is immediately at hand in the varicoloured and gorgeously patterned beads and pieces of jewellery, made with a wide enough variety of techniques to have any level of crafter fizzing with excitement to create. There’s so much to see that one might be excused for repeatedly getting distracted and picking up things to look at (ahem). The rainbow colours of the clay made me feel like a kid in a candy store, distracted by the desire to sample everything from the bold brights to the sheen of the metallics, the muted elegance of the granites and the party pop of the glitters. Thankfully the colour savvy Dani was on hand to guide in complimentary colour choices. From the all important basic steps of conditioning the clay to the more intricate steps to creating masterpieces of colour and pattern, Dani knows just how to give enough instruction to make even the complete beginner at ease with the technique, then to inspire and to encourage each student to experiment and stretch their own creativity. Dani is a wealth of knowledge and full of the little tips and tricks that can only be learned from an experienced artist. I left with a delightful array of beads and a treasure trove of expert advice on tools, techniques and product knowledge. My desire to return for further classes is not promoted by any form of self-promotion on Dani’s part; it’s sparked by the best class I’ve ever attended (and I’m quite the veteran on various crafting classes, as teacher and student both). The ‘Highly Addictive’ warning contained in the information pack is fully warranted. I’m hooked – hook, line and sinker.

Narrena Lindrea VIC

Today I spent happily attending a polymer clay workshop at The Whimsical Bead in Healsville. Dani was so generous with her time and knowledge. The experience has whet my appetite to learn much more....there are so many directions to take the craft. I'll be back to learn more. Thanks Dani.

Valda Miller VIC

I find the atmosphere there to be friendly and helpful. I love the things I have made and the tutors very knowledgeable about their craft. Dani is very caring and understands when people have money problems and by talking to Dani a solution can be found. Dani also does a variety of projects so that you can enlarge on your knowledge of this craft.

Lyn Whitehorn VIC

Workshop 101 Polymer Clay fantastic had a great time and leart so much can't wait to do next one. Thank You Dani a wonderful day.

Michelle Hawking VIC

What a great day at the polymer clay workshop! Dani's instruction is very easy to follow, she follows up to make sure you understand and can work comfortably, she is so helpful. I really enjoyed my day and plan to return...often!! Thanks Dani

Talone Higgins Hornsby, NSW

Dani just completed a wonderful commissioned order for me, no problems at all. Her service is very friendly and her cabs just delightful. I feel comfortable to recommend her to others.

Lyn Ewart VIC

I had a fantastic day with Dani at The Whimiscal Bead doing a polymere clay workshop. I made a variety of pieces & learnt a lot about the process of polymere clay bead making. Dani was very patient & a great teacher. I'm really keen to learn some more from her as her work is inspiring. It was also lovely meeting other like minded ladies.

Donna Muir TAS

Thankyou Dani & Maggie for a fantastic colour workshop Trio of Thorn bracelets. Well worth the trip from Tassie. Enjoyed the day very much, learnt a lot & met some lovely people. Looking forward to attending more workshops in the future.

Sadie Hislop Boronia, VIC

Hi Danni, thank you and Kay for the terrific Combine, Connect, Consolidate workshop on Saturday 12th Sep. I had never attempted this medium before, and was so delighted with what I accomplished with Kay’s tutoring, encouragement (and in my case patience). I enjoyed the day so much, and hope to join more workshops as soon as they are available. I proudly showed the results of my day to all the ladies in my craft group, they are very impressed – it’s so nice when people think you are so clever? See you soon Danni, Sadie

Jenny Church Box Hill, VIC

The Whimsical Bead, in Healesville run the most amazing workshops. I started with polymer clay and now have done, metal clay, metal smithing, and beading. It has everything to get those creative juices going. I have attended many workshops now and have absolutely loved each one, I have learned so much and have grown creatively. The instructors are all such wonderful artisans and so generous with all their tips and extra time. Does not matter if you are a beginner or experienced there are workshops for all levels. The studio is in the most idlic location and the lunch breaks on the back patio are legend. Every visit is full of fun, laughter and creative ideas flowing fast and furiously.. Cannot recommend highly enough!

Natalie Pye Wandin, VIC

have been going to the whimsical bead for a couple of years now and the products I purchase from Dani are of the highest quality. The classes that are held at The Whimsical Bead are very relaxed and fun. If you are ever thinking of giving clay beading a go do it today.

Bronwyn Young Pakenham, VIC

What's not to love? Exceptional customer service, awesomely talented artisan, brilliant motivator. .......and so many other facets to the wondrousness that is Dani and The Whimsical Bead.

Liz Alserda Langwarrin, VIC

Have just spent the weekend at The Whimsical Bead participating in a workshop lead by the amazing Maggie Maggio. Maggie's knowledge and skill with colour was so inspirational and the hospitality shown by Dani was second to none! Thank you ladies for such a memorable weekend.

Penny Jane Kinglake, VIC

There are so many good things to say about the Whimsical Bead, the excellent customer service, the quality of the products, but for me the very best things are the workhops. You immediately feel welcomed and at home and there is never any pressure to rush. As a beginner you are never left to flounder and are always made to feel at ease. Those with more experience are encouraged to fully explore and experiment with the new skills they are being taught. The instructors and quality of the workshops are fabulous and I have made - and learnt - things that I never thought I would be capable of. The beautiful location is just the icing on top of the cake. Cannot recommend highly enough!

Fiona Rack Millicent, SA

Great, friendly, good customer service! Dani Rapinett is lovely to deal with. Very helpful! Love her Polymer clay work!

Rene Hahn Warrandyte, VIC

Excellent service, fantastic array of supplies and a really talented proprietor/artist who will go out of her way to help you. I've learned an amazing number of techniques at The Whimsical Bead, and wouldn't go anywhere else for supplies or workshops.

Annette Manifold VIC

Have done a few workshops at The Whimsical bead over the last year and have loved every single one of them. Great customer service, great tutors and great company in all the classes. Thank you Dani.

Brooke La Grue Croydon, VIC

I attended my first workshop at The Whimsical Bead in January of this year (2014) and I had never worked with Polymer clay before so I went to one of Dani’s “Clay Play” classes. I found it to be an extremely welcoming and relaxed environment which was fantastic because I had never even touched polymer clay before. Dani is amazingly supportive and takes the time to explain things to you so that you leave your class filled with confidence and knowledge as well as the beautiful pieces you made on the day! The Whimsical Bead offers classes in other mediums as well so be sure to check out their website or keep an eye on the Facebook page for updates! The customer service is second to none, the location is amazing and I have met some absolutely lovely people along the way. If you have ever had a inkling to try something new or rekindle an old love with one of the mediums on offer at The Whimsical Bead then check out their site, you will not reg

Sophie Tornatore VIC

Walking into the Whimsical Bead studio for the first time is a treat to the senses. A mingling of art gallery, shop and classroom, its hard to know where to look first. With a lineup of possibilities displayed on every available surface, inspiration is immediately at hand in the varicoloured and gorgeously patterned beads and pieces of jewellery, made with a wide enough variety of techniques to have any level of crafter fizzing with excitement to create. There’s so much to see that one might be excused for repeatedly getting distracted and picking up things to look at (ahem). The rainbow colours of the clay made me feel like a kid in a candy store, distracted by the desire to sample everything from the bold brights to the sheen of the metallics, the muted elegance of the granites and the party pop of the glitters. Thankfully the colour savvy Dani was on hand to guide in complimentary colour choices. From the all important basic steps of conditioning the clay to the more intricate steps to creating masterpieces of colour and pattern, Dani knows just how to give enough instruction to make even the complete beginner at ease with the technique, then to inspire and to encourage each student to experiment and stretch their own creativity. Dani is a wealth of knowledge and full of the little tips and tricks that can only be learned from an experienced artist. I left with a delightful array of beads and a treasure trove of expert advice on tools, techniques and product knowledge. My desire to return for further classes is not promoted by any form of self-promotion on Dani’s part; it’s sparked by the best class I’ve ever attended (and I’m quite the veteran on various crafting classes, as teacher and student both). The ‘Highly Addictive’ warning contained in the information pack is fully warranted. I’m hooked – hook, line and sinker.

Laura Yodgee Box Hill, VIC

Hi Dani and Kay, Thank you both for a wonderful day yesterday. Dani thanks for organising these courses with your talented troupe of tutors. It was great to see new people discovering the studio in amongst us usual suspects. I think we use your studio as some sort of therapy session. The best kind of therapy of course. Kay, you are an exceptional artisan and a very giving trainer. I know you were concentrating on skills but we all managed to finish at least one piece and to be able to put that on with the supplied cord was very satisfying. I have been to many courses where nothing gets completed which can be a little deflating. I can be a little conservative when it comes to design but your sense of fun and play forces me to look at things differently. The idea of using tins and aluminium and embossing them to me is sheer brilliance as well as being a very cheap resource. I worked out materials wise the aluminium and clay cab pendant cost less than $1. I will be looking at what I consider items to get rid of in a new light now. Kind Regards Laura

Laura Yodgee Box Hill, VIC

Hi Dani, My car will go to your studio on autopilot soon I think Ha ha! I had been meaning to get to some of your courses over the last year but now was the right time for me. I’m building my skill set as I decide on the direction I want to take my future creative business idea. So I was overjoyed today to not only learn the Mokume Gane process but to have comfortably squeezed in Mica Shift, the beads and how to glaze them. I like to learn the proper way to do a process then I can bend it to what I want it to do. It was lovely to have others in the class who were at the same level as me (I was expecting to be the only complete novice). One of the most fascinating and enjoyable facets of these classes is how different everyone’s creations were even though we were all using the same techniques. I’m really glad I booked in for this one. My folks were very impressed with my collection of pieces too. Your skill and knowledge and your ability to teach is greatly admired and appreciated. I’m a very shy person by nature and usually feel like a fish out of water in social situations but I feel so comfortable in your classes. It makes the learning process much better. Thanks for another great day of learning. (Sorry I’m not on Facebook otherwise I would put a review on there. I have Tweeted about you before though.) Keep doing what you’re doing. Laura.

Laura Yodgee Box Hill, VIC

Hi Dani and Nick, Just wanted to send a note on how much I enjoyed the Jewellery Photography 101 Course last Sunday. I was extremely frustrated with my camera as no matter what I did I couldn’t make it take as true to real colours when taking shots of my creations. I now understand so much more and will feel brave enough to try and play with the other settings. The course itself was well paced and the notes and especially Nick’s knowledge and great teaching style made the day both invaluable and highly enjoyable. Keeping to the subject of jewellery photography made the concepts easier to take in and the light box set-ups and how to use them properly were useful and more importantly cost effective and easily achievable. Good photographs will be vital as I get my handmade business up and running so for me it was money and time well spent. Thanks, Laura

Beverly Jane USA

I miss being able to “play” with Dani and learn all the new techniques that she offers. She will keep you up to date and learning all the new materials that are available to work with. I miss that very much being over in the USA. Dani is a marvel at making everyone successful at all the new ventures. Every new project is so exciting. I may try it by the very long way of over the oceans. Dani and her crew are so worth it. I love her and all of your willingness you make me and all successful at new things.

Natasha Gauld VIC

Dear Dani, Phoebe and her 4 friends thoroughly enjoyed the kids workshop you ran these school holidays. They were delighted with their Princesses they created and enjoyed just being 'with the girls' on a day out. When we arrived home they played on the trampoline for half an hour then came rushing in asking to open up their kits they purchased. Thanks so much for running this workshop and I am sure that if you run another one next school holidays that all of these girls will jump at the chance to go. You are so great with the kids and their varied ways of learning and responding and I could see it was great for their self confidence too. A great day had by all, thanks Dani. Warm regards, Natasha.

Helen Thompson VIC

Hey Dani, Thanks so much for today I had the best time, as I knew I would. You are truly an ariste. You were so patient and generous with your support and skill sharing our fantastic results were all your doing. The studio set up and gorgeous outdoor setting for lunch provided the perfect environment for creativity, great day. I was absolutely thrilled with my beads etc., had no real expectations for the days outcome, but I really did exceed my wildest dreams. In the words of Karen today “I’m hooked”. Will be booking in for another workshop as soon as finances allow. Look forward to your newsletter and seeing you again soon Cheers and many thanks again.

Sylvia Walton VIC

Ever attended an event on a whim and have it result in an amazing experience? The 2013 Bead Expo was this for me! The diverse products available, the experts wiling to provide their time with advice at such a busy time gave me a window into an environment I wanted to be a part of showed this type of people that make this industry their passion. I left having found something I want to be a part of - and certainly something far from the IT industry which consumes my working life. The event lead me to Dani and the wonderful and numerous services available at the Whimsical Bead. Dani’s eye for detail, strong service ethic and friendly, fun and high quality workshops she both runs and arranges, have enable me to develop my beading skills at a pace that works for me. From complete beginner with little confidence, I now can’t wait for the release of each new workshop relevant to my skills level, while practicing my new found skills in-between. Cant wait to get to those expert classes!!!! Dani and the team of expert tutors available at the Whimsical Bead are definitely where you need to be whether a beginner or an expert - there is something for everyone!

Anthea Dickie VIC

I have attended a number of workshops at The Whimsical Bead, focusing on seed beads and chain maille (with a few metal work classes thrown in for good measure). Every workshop has been relaxed & informal whilst also being informative and supportive. The tutors are knowledgable and very helpful – there seems to be no such thing as a stupid question! The studio is comfortable and I really enjoy working in such a creative environment. Seeing what others in the class are making is also great fun and gives me plenty of new inspiration and ideas to try out. Booking classes and dealing with Dani is a breeze – she is courteous and helpful, nothing is ever too much trouble. Thanks for running such great workshops Dani – I’m looking forward to the next one!

Barbara Chung VIC

I had just started working with polymer clay when I made my first order at The Whimsical Bead and Dani was incredibly helpful. She answers all my queries promptly, never hesitates to give me tips and advice and always goes that extra mile to make shopping at The Whimsical Bead a pleasant and smooth experience. Thank you for all your hard work! Will definitely be back again and again.

Debbie Crothers WA

The service I received from Dani in regard to a past order was exceptional. I had to contact Dani at the very last minute to fill an order for a workshop and her response, eagerness to help and speedy service was impossible to fault. Dani is always incredibly friendly and will do anything she can to help. Thanks Dani.

Natasha Gauld VIC

Hi Dani, Thanks so much for yet another great workshop (metal catch up with Robyn and Julie). I was able to pick up on some techniques I had learnt last year but they don't always sink in 1st time around and this was a perfectly paced workshop giving me plenty of time to really take it all in. It was especially pleasing to not only re learn these techniques and really understand them but to also take home a "finished" piece. I liked the linked steam punk bracelet before but now that I have made a really nice one myself I absolutely love it. I am keeping an eye out on your website for the next workshop I can attend. You always make me feel at home and comfortable to ask questions (even silly ones) and being a working Mum this is definitely my favorite "me" time. Thanks Dani. Kind regards, Natasha

Tamara Ellis VIC

I have been shopping with Dani at the Whimsical Bead for almost two years now. She is always happy to help and accommodate my needs. I have also attended several workshops over this time. These have always been well organised and supportive of all knowledge levels. She is always happy to help during these workshops, even if it's something else that you are working on. It has been fantastic shopping with her and attending workshops, and I will continue to do so in the future! Thanks Dani!

Cathie Cattunar Student and Online Shopper for approx 5 years, VIC

The Whimsical Bead is an enchanting environment, that takes us back to those days when we were kids and it was all about us and our learning. The Artisan, Dani Rapinett, teaches all who attend with respect and enthusiasm. This enables her students to walk out at the end of a class with the elated feeling that they have accomplished something great (even when they don't). I cannot recommend her style and techniques highly enough. Whether you wish to learn a new skill for your own personal purposes or for your own business enhancement, Dani can show you ways to work with clay that you would never consider. A day at The Whimsical Bead studio seriously outdoes any massage or pamper package you would look to for relaxation purposes. I highly recommend you book into one of her classes. Just remember, consistent learning and stretching of the brain can help prevent Alzheimers (and what a wonderful way to do it). In case you haven't figured it out - I think Dani and her business ROCK!!!!

Rhonda McDonald QLD

Hi Dani, Just letting you know I received my order today. Thank you very much. So many yummy colours to play with, I love them!

Noela Shallard VIC

Hi Dani, I have just arrived home from this great day, my head is buzzing.....I have to admire the way you were an island of calm in the middle of our whirlpool, all doing different methods. You attended to our needs and even had time to ask if we had any (more) questions. Thank you so much, Noela

Claudette Wooley TAS

Just got my order Dani, and wanted to let you know that I love the fact that you wrote and drew a smiley face. Personal touch is so nice. I wish I could attend some of your workshops, or wish that we had some here in southern Tas. Sigh. just keep muddling along on my own. Have a fantastic day, and Happy Spring for tomorrow.

Antoinette Auckland, NZ

Dani makes such gorgeous jewellery. I am lucky to have more that my fair share. Just gorgeous. If I was in the country I would do a class. Love the refreshed site! Well done and keep it up!

Beverly Jane USA

Dani's art is exceptional. The feeling when you touch her beads and hold them is like silk in your hands. Taken from Something Robin Atkins said, "Improvisional beading calms the body and aligns the spirit, calming the mind and that allows the heart to heal. My art is a communication from my heart. " Robin Atkins is a wonderful author and I hope you will all read her beading books. Dani's art reminds me of Robin's words every time I hold her beads in my hands. - Beverly Jane to Dani with love

Janet Ball VIC

I have made up the bezels I purchased at the Melb quilt fair. Really happy with them and will order more shortly. I wanted to thank you for having the website products correspond to stock I saw at the fair. So many stallholders don't have the stock they were promoting at the fair on their sites which is very frustrating. So well done! Easy site to navigate too. thanks again Janet

Ingrid Dathe

Dear Dani, I like to let you know, that I think your service is excellent. Your responses' to emails etc always give me a personal feeling, like 'Hi, a friend says hello'. Best regards Ingrid

Cathie Lacey VIC

Hi Dani, I would just like to say THANK YOU so very much - I had the best time on Saturday and loved every minute of it! Truly - I so wanted to chuck a sickie today and stay home and play 🙂 Can't wait til the next class and the next play date I can come to and learn about the different finishes more 🙂 Kindest Regards & Warmest Thanks Cathie Lacey

Penny H VIC

Dear Dani, Just wanted to tell you that I had so much fun today and I am so chuffed with the beads that I made. Thank you! Love Penny

Lilly Baldwin Frenchville, QLD

I am an online customer and still a novice at polymer clay. I have always found Dani very helpful with any question I have ever asked about polymer clay. I have found the web sit easy to navigate and my orders have been handled with the utmost efficiency and care. It is a pleasure to order from The Whimsical Bead because you know your order is in good hands.

Sharyn Dicker VIC

Dear Dani, I just want to say thank you for being an inspiring and knowledgeable tutor. I have enjoyed many of your classes and will definitely be back for more! I especially love the way you encourage us all to tap into our own creativity, no matter how deeply we think it's buried, you have the knack of bringing it out! Thanks! Sharyn.

Kerryn Ladell Funky Lulas Beads, VIC

Since meeting Dani and joining in classes with the Whimsical Bead I have become addicted to Polymer Clay. This is a great medium with loads of variety so you never get bored. Dani's skills in teaching are so caring and well prepared, easy to understand and she is always there if you need an extra prompt. I look forward to every class that she has on offer.

Liz Alserda VIC

Wow, last weekend learning mica shift & folded canes to generate veneers so that I could use them to create cuffs this weekend! Thanks Dani for two fabulous days of fun, laughter & creativity. Love my mica shift cuff! Liz

Sheila Longden NSW

What I love about whimsical Bead is that I’m dealing with a real person who cares , not a faceless corporation . I can buy my beads from a plethora of suppliers but I come back to Dani because of the excellent customer service...and who can resist that friendly note on the bottom of each invoice. It is those little touches that make a difference and whilst some might say that doesn’t mean anything really I disagree...to me it shows that I am important to this person, and I like that ! cheers Sheila from Sheila Longden formerly trading as Bands of Gold

Leanne Stunden Riches and Realms

Hi Dani, I received my order today - and wow!!!! They are all fantastic. I'll definitely be back. Thanks again for your outstanding service and look forward to contacting you again. Kind regards, Leanne

Heidi Hodge Shiny Things of Black Springs, Adelaide

Just a note to say that I received order in the mail today. Thanks for awesome service, much appreciated. We live about 2hrs N of our nearest big city, so online shopping makes my life much easier, particularly when the sites are easy to use like yours. I make & sell beaded jewellery, & rarely get the chance to shop for supplies in Adelaide (tricky with a 3yo in tow!). Am always looking for new suppliers, so consider yourself one of them now! - Heidi -

Yvonne Kennedy

Dear Dani, I have just recieved the polymer clay book Under the Sea and I am inspired. I have lost my 'mojo' so to speak as a painter and needed to look for something else to keep me busy and this book is just what I needed. I will practise with plasticine before splashing out on all needed for the polymer clay, but really look forward to starting a new hobby. Thankyou for getting me back on track and also thanks very much for the free gift, I will save them and give them a try down the track. Thanks again, Yvonne.

Leonie VIC

Hi thank you so so much for the workshop yesterday! I gained so much skill and inspiration from the class and as soon as got home couldn't help but bring out the clay again! I love bead work but felt bored with range of beads to work with and this is an extension of that but an adddictive one at that! I still know I've so much more to learn and will definately be coming to another workshop or clay 'play date'!!! Lol! You're a great teacher and excellent source of inspiration! I promise not to send photos of everything I make but just so exciting finding clay and believing I can actually get good at it and the joy of creating my beads to make jewellery with!! Oh it's all just too exciting!! ~Leonie~

Rochelle Rodier QLD

Dear Dani, I have received my parcel today and I have to say that the polymer clay beads and pendants are beautiful and true to name - delightfully whimsical. Your attention to detail in presentation makes each item a true treasure. Thank you, Rochelle

Amy Ha www.AmyaBeads.com.au, VIC

Dear Dani, Thank you so much for all the gorgeous beads you’ve made for me over the years! I love them all to bits and have kept most of them to myself, despite constantly saying that I have to give some away to friends. You have such enormous talent and the most beautiful personality ever. And now you’ve just got yourself a new “convert” after teaching me to make my own clay beads. I am loving the freedom that this medium can give, and can’t wait to learn more from you, and of course, to stock up on more clay. Thank you a million times! Amy xoxox

Ilona Joyce VIC

Hi Dani, This note is long in coming but still comes from my heart. I would like to thank you for the class I attended at Amya Beads. I had been wanting to take a class in polymer clay beads but only knew of one and that was much further down the coast. I enjoyed the class and had read a little about some of the processes, so once I had learnt a little, I then started to do more. I have made many beads and am loving it. Not loving the time it takes to sand and polish, but love the results. It has given me open slather when it comes to creativity. I have always loved colour and this has been a real buzz. Friends have even asked me to sell them some of my beads. Just imagine what they will think of my beads once I really know what I am doing!! I look forward to learning more and creating new and more interesting beads as well as making some jewellery with the pieces I have already made. You will definitely hear from me a little way down the track when I am ready to learn more, and more, and more…Thanks for starting the ball rolling, Ilona.

Beverly Jane USA

I am from the U.S. and order from Dani's Whimsical Bead as often as I can. I know every item that I purchase will be perfect and the shipping is the fastest imagnineable. Dani answers my questions thoroughly and cheerfully and has helped me into the world of claying which I LOVE. I still purchase beading supplies from her too as this was my first love but claying with Dani's help is awesome fun. She has items to create with that I haven't found anywhere else.

Karen Donald Coldstream, VIC

I love accessing Dani's site as it is so easy to navigate and she has a wonderful array to purchase from. She is always helpful and friendly and her deliveries are quickly despatched. She has the time to spend helping with queries. It is always a positive experience when dealing with her professional approach.

Emily O Bayswater, VIC

I just love The Whimsical Bead! I use every part of Dani's service, including purchasing on the Internet and going to her wide range of workshops. There is not one bad thing I could say about TWB! I find her prices very competitive and I just love the quick and friendly service. The great thing about it is the range covers all areas of jewellery making, whether your a clayer or just like making jewellery from ready made pieces, TWB has it all! I would definitely count this as my favourite online store!

Brony Young VIC

I have been attending classes at the Whimsical Bead for around 12 months now. What started as a little bit of curiosity has now developed into a full blown addiction! Dani makes Polymer Clay so much fun and her classes are structured, yet relaxed and fun! I highly recommend anybody who enjoys crafting on ANY level to come up and give it a whirl!

Penny H VIC

I've just had my first experiment with the Lisa Pavelka Magic Glos and, wow, this stuff is so much fun and so simple. I popped my pc butterfly wings on some paper, squeezed a big blob on each, spread it around with a tooth pick and Bob's your uncle. Domes beautifully, re-levels itself after butterfly wing accidently knocked on the floor wrong-side up, and sets quickly even on a gloomy, overcast, miserable day.

Zarina WA

I have bought jewellery supplies from Dani at The Whimsical Bead many times and found the quality, price and service unbeatable. I would highly recommend it.

Janet Jenkin VIC

I love the Walnut Hollow Clay Extruder Set that I bought from you recently! I’ve been able to make beautifully even snakes/cords to frame pieces, and to divide pieces into sections which I’ve treated differently, and even to make hanging loops on pendants. It seems really well made, is easy to use (important with my arthritic hands) and with a bit of care it cleans up well.

Deb Mahoney www.aussiemaille.com.au, NSW

Dani is one of the nicest people on the internet. Her attention to detail with your orders, her promptness and her general overall attitude is outstanding. I will happily recommend Dani to anyone who asks.

Michelle Cochran Yarrawonga, VIC

Hi Dani My order arrived safe & sound this morning. I'd like to thank you again. Each time I've placed an order with you the service has been absolutely wonderful. In fact in all the years & all the websites I have made purchases from, the service you provide out shines all of them.

Tarsha Gauld VIC

Hi Dani, Thank you for Saturday's workshop. I have been wanting to do that for so long and whilst I knew I'd like it, it exceeded my expectations. I still cant believe we get all of those lovely patterns by stamping the clay that way. I cant wait to cut into the black/silver/white block I made up. Hoping to get time this Thursday to do that. Your instructions/demonstrations were very clear and easy to understand which definitely made things easier for us.

Zoe Maher QLD

Hi Dani! Just letting you know I have received my order. Thank you so much for your wonderful service and speedy delivery. I look forward to buying more.