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It's time once again for our annual Christmas Open Studio here at The Whimsical Bead

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If you work with polymer clay here in Australia, you'll know that it's been virtually impossible to get a spray sealer that doesn't react with polymer.
I've been trying for years to import PYM II which is a spray sealer that has been known to work perfectly with polymer clay and not react like so many do. Unfortunately I've been unsuccessful due to many reasons.

Like myself, one of my long time students, Laura Yodgee, was extremely frustrated by this and since I just haven't had the time to do any testing myself, she took it upon herself to take on this lengthy task! She's spent the last year or so testing products and keeping me updated on the results. We've had several discussions about these and also discussed our findings from Ginger at The Blue Bottle Tree who does many tests and experimentations with all things polymer related and has previously conducted many tests on various spray sealers (and again many of these just aren't available here in Australia).

Thank you to Laura for all her hard work and sharing her findings with us. I'll have the Helmar's Crystal Kote available here at the studio very soon.
I'm going to turn you over to Laura now who will share her tests and more importantly the conclusions from these with us........
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Today I have some sad news to share with you.

As most of you would know, two years ago I, along with Jo, Kay and Prue, started a wonderful venture called Bead and Buy, with the idea of bringing the community together through their love of creating.

It has been a wonderful few years but unfortunately due to my ongoing health issues that I am sure you’re all aware of, and the stress associated with exhibiting, I have sadly had to resign from Bead and Buy and pull out of future events.

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Sunday 24th September (2017) was the first of our Creative Fun Day's and it was a great day!

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I love these new silicone beads and I love having them in the studio as they're so bright and happy.
Now you really can be like a kid in a candy store!

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Once again, we had a busy month here at the studio in August. Lots of wonderful things were created and lots of fun had!

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Have you seen the new Polymer Arts magazine?
It's the Fall 2017 issue, it's entitled 'Texture' and I was lucky enough to be able to work with the amazing Sage and write an article (on my favourite subject!) for my most favourite publication.

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July was a busy month here at the studio with workshops in a variety of mediums taking place. From Polymer Clay to Resin, Metal Work to Precious Metal Clay with some beading thrown in too!
Here's a little sneak peek.......

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On Sunday 30th July (2017) we were so pleased to welcome Leanne & Simon from Oraco Resin Arts to our team of tutors.

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You are invited to our very first Whimsical Bead Fun Day! It's going to be just that - fun, plus a whole lot more too.

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