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Barbara Briggs Designs · 2d ago

Faux Amber, Coral, and Turquoise Revisited…

I spent time this past week replenishing the polymer clay faux amber, coral, and turquoise beads that are included in my “Tibetan Inspired Beaded Rope Necklace” kit. After finishing my task ...
Barbara Briggs Designs · 6d ago

Lucky Me!

Richard Salley is teaching the Ketoh Bracelet (shown above) workshop in Mineral Point , Wisconsin at Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts on July 22-23 and I’ve signed up for his class! This ...
Barbara Briggs Designs · 1W ago

As Usual…

What I liked best about the Bead & Button Show was a class taught by Susan Lenart Kazmer. Over the past years I’ve taken several of her classes and they always inspire me to get back in the ...
Barbara Briggs Designs · 2W ago

Report from the Show…

It was a whirlwind trip to the Bead&Button Show…a four hour drive to Milwaukee on Thursday and a repeat back home on Friday.  I solely went to just do some floor show shopping and to take a ...
Barbara Briggs Designs · 3W ago

Gotta’ Bead!

It’s just too beautiful outdoors to stay inside today! I’ve gathered up a selection of Delica beads, needle, thread, and beading mat and am sitting under a fan blowing soft breezes on our sc...
Barbara Briggs Designs · 3W ago

I’m Goin’ Shoppin’…

My contest entries have just been returned and thanks to Fire Mountain Gems & Beads and a $150 gift certificate (the silver medal award for the bracelet I entered in the 2017 Metal Jewelry C...
Barbara Briggs Designs · 1M ago

A New Tutorial!

I’ve received so many inquiries from fellow polymer clay enthusiasts who love my “Matisse Inspired Cutouts” Earrings  as to whether a tutorial for making them is available and here it is! Th...
Barbara Briggs Designs · 1M ago

Charmed…

Woohoo!  The results of the 2017 Fire Mountain Gems and Beads Jewelry-making Contest featuring Metal have finally been announced! I’m delighted that my “Charmed” bracelet has won a Grand Pri...
Barbara Briggs Designs · 1M ago

You May be Wondering…

Have I abandoned beadwork? Absolutely not!  And I promise to get back to beading eventually, but my creative muse has the upper hand and at the moment she is dictating that I continue design...
Barbara Briggs Designs · 1M ago

Back in Working Order…

My hydraulic press has been out of service for several months. After 26 years of service, the ram was leaking oil like mad and the pressure gauge had “given up the ghost”.  A new Bonny Doon ...