For as long as I can remember I have loved to ‘create’. I began beading and creating jewellery in 2004 after attending a short 2 hour class. Soon my beads were over the house and I had enough to start a small shop……literally! In 2006 The Whimsical Bead was born.
Somewhere during that time I discovered Beading Forum.com.au and was introduced to a wonderful medium that I had not heard much about – Polymer Clay. It did not take long before this enticing medium – particularly a technique called Mokume Gane - captured my full attention and I was hooked! I just love the versatility of polymer clay. It never ceases to amaze me and, for me, it never becomes boring – there is always something new to learn.
Whilst polymer clay is our passion, you are sure to find something that suits the medium you work in - metal clay, resin, beading, mixed media - we've got a range of products to suit.
Along with our full range of Premo polymer clay, we also specialise in blanks and bezels and stock a large variety of other products such as stamps, texture mats, cutters, inks and paints, jewellery findings and lots more.
Here at The Whimsical Bead our focus is on high quality products and good, old fashioned customer service. We pride ourselves on our high level of customer service and attention to detail, which means you receive a pleasant, hassle-free shopping experience. We're not interested in stocking products "just for the sake of having them". We only stock quality products – products that we would use ourselves, so you can buy with confidence.
We also run classes in a variety of mediums from our relaxed studio environment in the beautiful Yarra Valley, Victoria, (only an hour from Melbourne) as well as other various locations.
I've had the privilege of meeting a lot of wonderful people over the last few years and as a result, as well as making some great friends, I have access to highly experienced, professional tutors in mediums such as polymer clay, precious metal clay, lampworking, chainmaille/wirework and seed beading.
I love to pass on my knowledge of polymer clay and I feel very lucky that people want to learn from me.
There is nothing like empowering someone with knowledge and watching that knowledge grow as their enthusiasm does.
Many of my students are amazed by what they have been able to achieve in class and leave with such a huge smile on their face and an eagerness to keep creating.
It is a wonderful feeling to know that I’ve helped create that happiness and enthusiasm.
All workshops run through The Whimsical Bead are listed on our website. You can also book online if desired.