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Barbara Briggs Designs · 5d 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 · 1W 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 · 2W 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 ...
Barbara Briggs Designs · 3W ago

It Started in March…

After months of winter gray and white I needed some color in my life! Polymer clay came to the rescue as I made colorful flowers and used them in a bead-embroidered collar, which I entered i...
Barbara Briggs Designs · 1M ago

Channeling Matisse…

In the 1940’s during the later years of his life, Henri Matisse began to create with paper cutouts almost exclusively. He described these works as “drawing with scissors”. Using large sheets...
Barbara Briggs Designs · 1M ago

The Tutorial and Kits are Ready!

I’ve just finished the tutorial for my “Fleurs et Papillons” Cuff!  While proofreading the tutorial it occurred to me that there are so many possibilities for making the cuff! Although I use...
Barbara Briggs Designs · 1M ago

More Flowers and Butterflies!

I’m having a spring fling! I’ve just finished my “Fleurs et Papillons” mixed-media cuff incorporating polymer clay and bead embroidery! Was this fun to make? Delightful! And it worked up rap...
Barbara Briggs Designs · 1M ago

In a Blue Mood…

Presently I am loving the color blue…everything from Twilight to Powder. Perhaps the profusion of beautiful bluebells sprouting along our woodland path contributes to my wanting to work with...
Barbara Briggs Designs · 1M ago

Finished!

Remember all those polymer clay flowers I made last week? Were you wondering what I would make with them? I had several ideas in mind, but bead embroidery was the technique I chose. Until no...
Barbara Briggs Designs · 2M ago

Form and Function…

Flowers in your hair, flowers everywhere…for all you flower children, here’s a sneak peek of a new project I’ve just begun! I’ve just made dozens of polymer clay cut-outs.  In the above phot...