December 19, 2012

Who Am I?

6The Bead Chick is a teaching bead store. The Bead Chick is located at 78B San Marco Avenue, in downtown St. Augustine, FL 32084.  Call Peggy Ward, The Bead Chick, at 904-829-8829, for upcoming beading classes and her latest specials.

The Bead Chick also handles repairs and pearl knotting. Regular hours are Tuesday through Saturday, from 10 am to 6 pm. In addition, classes are scheduled on Tuesday and Thursday nights, from 6:30 to about 8:30, and on Wednesdays (11 to 1, or 2 to 4), and Saturdays (also 11 to 1, or 2 to 4).

The last Saturday of each month, The Bead Chick stays open until 9 pm, to join the rest of the merchants for art openings, featured craftspersons, music, food and more. Join us!


Such a great opportunity for the polymer clay/doll maker/book artists in the North Florida area; drum roll, please! On President’s Day Weekend, February 16, 17 and 18, 2013-


Dayle will be teaching full day classes at the bead chick! Each class will be $65 for the full day, plus you will bring your own supplies (a separate supply list for each day follows the class description below). We will break for an hour for lunch each day, from 1 to 2 pm (you may bring your own lunch, if you desire). Class will start promptly at 10 am each day, and end at 5 pm. Registration is limited to 10 for each class, and there are already a few signed up, so please call the shop right away! (904-829-8829, or email to register. You may take each class separately, or sign up for all 3. There is a $30 registration fee for each class, non-refundable after January 15, 2013.

DAYLE DOROSHOW, whose work with polymer clay has been published and admired since I started working with it, almost 20 years ago.  She is also a collaborator with Cynthia Tinapple, whose newsletter ( reaches hundreds of artists the world over. Their wonderful little book called The Creative Spark, which I bought the second I heard about it, continues to inspire and instruct me every time I pick it up.

The following excerpts are from Dayle’s website, which I encourage you to visit:

Dayle Doroshow

Dayle Doroshow is a Mixed media/ Polymer clay artist and owner of design studio Zingaro, stamp of distinction in California. She trained in traditional ceramics at Riverside Bell Tower Pottery program and the Columbia University Extension program in New York City and sold her pottery in Greenwich Village shops. Her jewelry, home decor, ethnic figures and handcrafted books can be seen at art shows and galleries on the West Coast. Dayle enjoys teaching and sharing her techniques in workshops across the United States and in France.

She says, “I have always been intrigued and excited by the mystery of ancient cultures. Dreams of archaeological ruins and travels to far off places have influenced my artwork from the time of my studies in traditional ceramics in New York City. Upon discovering polymer clay in 1994, I’ve enjoyed creating and learning new techniques with a pioneering medium while still reflecting my passion for the magic of past civilizations and their artisans. I create each piece from hand-mixed colored clays and using a variety of techniques including carving, etching, the intricate Venetian Millefiore cane work and imitative techniques to create ivory, amber, jade and turquoise.

Rattle Beads and Pendants Saturday, February 16, 2013, from 10 am to 5 pm:

We’ll start off this spirited class by looking to ancient cultures as our inspiration to create Rattles, Rattle Pendants and Beads from beautifully designed sheets and balls of polymer clay. Add dimension to your work by adding sound! The rattles can be in many shapes and sizes, from simple forms to more complex. There will be several ways for creating the rattles along with easy variations. Techniques for surface designs will be many and varied- Millefiore, embossing and texture, carved and sculptural elements will adorn the rattles and also serve as bead caps.

Rattles and Rattle Beads Supply List:

Work Surface: a cutting mat, a piece of acrylic, OR a sheet of heavy paper To Roll out the Clay : a pasta machine, an acrylic rolling rod, a brayer, OR a smooth glass jar or bottle Xacto knife Needle tool or long needle Polymer Clay cutting blade Small pack of babywipes for cleaning hands Objects for impressions and molds: jewelry, rubber stamps, buttons, charms, found objects 2 silverware soup spoons- these will not be harmed- we will use them for molds Polymer Clay- FIMO Soft if possible One small block of: 1 Tan (called Champagne or Sahara in FIMO brand) 1 White 1 transparent/translucent: #14 in FIMO Soft 3 colors of your choice.


Messengers and Storytellers Sunday, February 17, 2013, from 10 am to 5 pm:

Expand your design vocabulary in this spirited workshop by making three-dimensional figures. We will create these figures of polymer clay using unique surface designs of millefiore and rich embellishments of beads, fibers and your personal treasures. Our inspiration will come from earlier cultures and also from easy whimsical designs we’ll collage from two-dimensional imagery – a fun way to work to stimulate new ideas! The “Messengers” can have secret places to hide a message or object, the “Storytellers” can house a small book and both can incorporate removable jewelry. This class will give you fresh visions and open new possibilities for your own work!


Work Surface- a cutting mat, a piece of acrylic, OR a sheet of heavy paper, something to roll out the clay, an acrylic rolling rod, acrylic rolling pin, or glass jar or bottle, or Pasta Rolling machine, Xacto knife polymer clay cutting blade, needle tool or long needle, objects for impressions or molds, old and new jewelry, buttons, knickknacks, brass charms, found objects, rubber stamps, etc. scissors, small pack of babywipes for cleaning hands, round nose and flat nose pliers.

I will have a set to share Small beads, charms, personal treasures, wire, fibers to incorporate into/onto the doll Polymer Clay-FIMO Soft if possible 1 block White 1 block Champagne or Sahara (Tan) 1 block black 3 colors of your choice.


Fold Books- 10 Variations on the Theme, Monday, February 18, 2013, from 10 am to 5 pm

Folded papers and books have been around since ancient times. With single sheets of paper, a bone folder, your hands and your imagination come explore a cornucopia of unique folded designs. These pieces of paper will blossom into effective pieces to communicate your message and art. This spirited hands-on workshop will guide you through at least ten fun, folded designs to use for books, cards, altered books and journals, brochures, invitations, and more. The book covers will be made of polymer clay and embellished with an assortment of polymer clay techniques.

Fold Books: 10 Variations on the Theme: Supply List:

Work Surface-a cutting mat, a piece of acrylic, OR a sheet of heavy paper Something to roll out the clay- an acrylic rolling rod, acrylic rolling pin, or glass jar or bottle, or Pasta Rolling machine Xacto Knife Polymer Clay Cutting Blade Cutting Mat Needle Tool or long needle Scissors Bone Folder SoBo glue- small bottle Small pack of baby wipes for cleaning hands 5 envelopes- small standard regular white or decorative 20 sheets of paper (computer paper)- white or colored Polymer Clay- FIMO Soft if possible- we’ll be making at least one set of book covers (more as time allows) so bring clay colors that you like. I would recommend small blocks of: 1 block White 1 block Champagne or Sahara (Tan) 1 block black 3 colors of your choice The Bead Chick has a full line of supplies, from stringing and hemp work to supplies for metal smithing, cold connections, enameling, glass bead making, glass fusing, micro-macrame, bead weaving, and more! You can come in and get help with your projects anytime during regular business hours, or you could schedule a class.