Barbara Briggs Designs Kits and Tutorials

Shown here is the step-by-step tutorial for my “Mermaid” Cuff design. The photo at the left side of the tutorial is 4″ x 6″, which will give you an idea of the size of the instruction photos. All tutorial instructions are accompanied by large full-color photos showing every step in the creation of the piece. Tutorials included in kits are provided in hardcopy format. Tutorials purchased without kits are offered in digital format…please contact me if you would like to purchase a digital tutorial(s). *Please visit my Etsy shop for kits as well as design components. You can also read feedback I’ve received from customers there!
I welcome feedback – below are several comments regarding my kits:
“The tutorials that you write are mind-boggling…I am in awe with how you keep track of everything. Besides graphing out the project…Colors, amounts of beads, number of stitches…and on and on. AND then everything comes out perfectly!” Verda 
“Barbara, I love the beading kit I ordered from you! The directions are so easy to follow and the photos really help. I’ll be ordering again when I finish this project!” Diane T
“Hi Barbara!  The kits are here and they are incredible.  I just love the colors. I am just starting the “Shells” cuff, but I am so impressed with your kits (and I love to have a substantial beading backlog), that I just thought I would order a couple more!” Holly M.
“I just wanted you to know I’m thrilled with the materials in the two kits I ordered from you. The beads and Swarovski crystals are gorgeous! Making these is the fun part, but I can’t wait to wear my new bracelet and necklace when they are finished!” Anne J.
“I love the colors.  I am very excited to get started on it. The directions are really easy to read and follow.” Gail L.
For more reviews, please see the review page in my Etsy shop!

One-of-a-Kind “Sea Garden” Bead Embroidered Brooch Kit – $95 to $125 or Digital Tutorial – $14

Sea Garden Brooch - Beauty Shot_closeup_edited-1Each kit is unique and priced according to the size cabochon and amount of beads included.  The beautiful jewel-like resin focal cabochons I create differ in size from 20mm to 25mm round and some are symmetrical in shape, which will ultimately determine your finished bead embroidered design.  In each kit one resin cabochon is included along with color-coordinated embellishment beads…an assortment of pearls, crystals, Delica, Magatama, dagger, and seed beads, and others.  A bead embroidery tutorial, beading foundation, leather backing, a pin back and E6000 is also included. All are tucked into a handy 5″x3.5″ travel tin! *Please note: I do not include needles or thread in my kits as most beaders have personal preferences regarding these materials.  To see a current selection of kits available, please visit  my Etsy shop!

 

The “Tibetan Inspired Beaded Rope” Beading Kit – $168 or Digital Tutorial – $19

I love my “Tibetan Inspired Beaded Rope Necklace”!  This mixed-media project features beading, polymer clay, and metalwork…a bit of something for everyone! nspired by the colorful adornment and jewelry of Tibet, this single strand rope is long enough to wear doubled (as shown) for a full, lush look. Hone your skills in Ndebele Weave (Tubular Herringbone) while stitching a stunning rope necklace accented with geometric beaded charms worked in Peyote stitch. Learn how to create beautiful faux amber, coral, and turquoise beads from polymer clay and finish your rope with a textured sterling silver heart-shaped charm to wear as a talisman for luck and love! Colorful and versatile, this rope is such fun to make that you may want to make a wardrobe of these in other colors! The kit contains twenty colors of Delica, seed, and Magatama beads as well as twelve of my one-of-a-kind handmade faux amber, coral, and turquoise accent beads (four of each) plus a handmade sterling silver textured heart talisman (to bring luck and love to the wearer!). The step-by-step tutorial included with the kit shows how to create the tubular Ndebele stitched rope and Peyote stitched geometric charms as well as the creation of the polymer clay gemstone beads and “how to” instruction for sawing, texturing, and finishing a sterling silver heart talisman. *Please note: I do not include needles or thread in my kits as most beaders have personal preferences regarding these materials.

 

The “Fire Dragon” Wrap Beading Kit – $149 or Digital Tutorial – $18 (inspired by ContemporaryGeometricBeadwork)

This listing is for the “Fire Dragon” Wrap beading kit. From head to tail and every Wing and Horn in between, this collar is quite the showpiece! Inspired by Contemporary Geometric Beadwork, it is my latest Dragon design and joins its predecessors, the “Sea Dragon”, “Sea Dragon Variation”, and “Loch Ness Sea Dragon” designs, also available in my Etsy shop. One-hundred-eleven flame-colored Horns dot the surface of the flaring Wings, which are composed of Delica beads in twelve vivid shades of red and a tiny dragon’s head made of epoxy resin clay covers one end of memory wire while the dragon’s tail is comprised of accent beads and an epoxy resin “tail” at the opposite end. The easy to follow step-by-step tutorial is accompanied by large color photos and a 4″ x 6″ color photo of the finished piece. Directions for creating the dragon’s head are included, but each kit contains a ready-made silicone dragon’s head mold to save you the trouble of sculpting your own dragon’s head! And, of course, you have the option of finishing the ends of the memory wire anyway you choose! Shown as a collar in the above photo, the kit is also offered as a Wrist Wrap…just be sure to check the Wrist Wrap Kit option when checking out if that’s the kit you prefer as it will contain a smaller diameter of memory wire and Delicas used in the Foundation and neckband will be substituted with 15/0 seed beads. The “Fire Dragon” Wrap is a stunning and dramatic piece! This project is recommended for the intermediate to advanced beader. The kit contains: Delicas in twelve shades of red plus orange, metallic bronze, steel, gunmetal, and grey 11/0 and 15/0 seed beads Miyuki Rocaille beads Magatamas memory wire A flexible dragon’s head mold An easy to follow step-by-step tutorial accompanied by process photos A separate 4x6 inch color photo. *Please note: I do not include needles or thread in my kits as most beaders have personal preferences regarding these materials. *This kit also does not contain epoxy resin clay, as it has a limited shelf life. The clay is available at many craft shops, hardware stores, as well as on-line. Resources are listed in the pattern.

The “Fantasy Flora” Cuff Beading Kit – $149 or Digital Tutorial – $18 (inspired by www.ContemoraryGeometricBeadwork.com)

Far away Polynesian islands, dense jungle, and waterfalls come to mind when I wear this cuff. I love flowers, especially exotic orchids and lilies! Offset by leaves in various shades of green, the colorful petals in this slip-on cuff make me think “Tropical”! I love this cuff…it fits like a dream! I’m enamored with the vivid colors as well as the substantial feel of the geometric architecture. Inspired by Kate McKinnon’s book, Contemporary Geometric Beadwork, the winged petals support tiny horned “seed pods” accented with Japanese Drop beads and Magatama bead “seeds” grace the outer edge of the elegant guide row on the band! Comprised of almost 60 grams of beads using 26 colors of Delica beads, this beaded cuff is truly Art Jewelry! This Kit contains almost 60 grams of beads including: *26 different colors of Delica Beads *15/0 Seed Beads *4mm Japanese Drop Beads *3mm Japanese Magatama Beads *15/0 Metallic Czech Charlotte Beads *15/0 Toho Metallic Charlotte Beads *An easy to follow, step-by-step tutorial accompanied by over 50 large color photos and colored charts. *4x6 inch color photo *Please note: I do not include needles and thread in my kits, as most beaders have a personal preference as to which brand and types of needles/thread they like to use.

The “Mermaid Cuff” Beading Kit – $149 or Digital Tutorial – $18 (inspired by www.ContemporaryGeometricBeadwork.com)

The “Mermaid Cuff”…my most ambitious project to date! Inspired by Contemporary Geometric Beadwork, and adorned with crystals, pearls, and glittering Delica Cut beads, this cuff is definitely mermaid worthy! Tiny metallic bronze horns accented with Charlottes and drop beads dance around the circumference, accenting the lime and lavender fish scale pattern that comprises this aquatic themed cuff. I loved creating this project! The “Mermaid Cuff” beading kit contains twenty-four colors and over 75 grams of Delica and seed beads, Charlottes, drop beads, crystals, and pearls in various shades of teal, mauve, lime, blue, and green with finishes in metallic luster, matte, opaque, iris, silver-lined, and crystal AB. The step-by-step tutorial for this exquiste and comfortable to wear slip-on Cuff has directions for small, medium, and large sizes. The seventeen page step-by-step instructions are accompanied by over fifty large color photos plus a pattern chart that will guide you through the color changes. This tutorial is recommended for the experienced intermediate and advanced beader. This Kit contains over 75 grams of beads including: *20 different colors of Delica Beads *15/0 Seed Beads *3.4mm Japanese Drop Beads *13/0 and 15/0 Metallic Charlotte Beads *Swarovski Crystals and glass pearls *A seventeen page easy to follow, step-by-step tutorial accompanied by large color photos and color charts. *4x6 inch color photo *Please note: I do not include needles and thread in my kits, as most beaders have a personal preference as to which brand and types of needles/thread they like to use.

The “Empress Ming” Cuff Beading Kit – $125 or Digital Tutorial – $18 (inspired by www.ContemporaryGeometricBeadwork.com)

Do you remember the Flash Gordon Series and Planet Mongo? If so you will no doubt remember his nemesis, Ming the Merciless, who wore a flowing robe with an incredibly high pointed color. Although this geometric beaded cuff was not conceived with Ming in mind, upon completion it reminded me of his cloak. As far as I know there was no Empress Ming, but if there had been, surely she would have worn this cuff! If you haven’t guessed by now, the title of this design is the “Empress Ming Cuff”. It is study in geometrically beaded Wings and Horns inspired by the book, Contemporary Geometric Beadwork. The kit contains over 40 grams of Delica, seed, and drop beads and is available in colorways of Royal Blue and Brilliant Red – please specify your desired colorway when ordering. The easy to understand step-by-step tutorial is accompanied by full color photos. If you wish different colorways please contact me. This project is recommended for the intermediate to advanced beader. The kit contains: *Over 40 grams of Delica, seed, and drop beads *An easy to follow clear and concise fourteen page step-by-step tutorial accompanied by full-color photos and color charts for both blue and red colorways. *4x6 inch color photo. *Please note that I do not include needles and thread in my kits as most beaders have preferences regarding these materials.

The “Parrot Fish Cuff” Beading Kit – $145 or Digital Tutorial – $18 (inspired by www.ContemporaryGeometricBeadwork.com)

Have you ever seen Parrot Fish up close? If you have snorkeled or Scuba dived in Hawaii or other tropical waters and have had the good fortune to swim with them, you know they are incredibly colorful and that being enveloped in a school of darting, brilliant hued Parrot Fish is almost magical! This wide slip-on cuff encompasses all the beautiful colors and patterns of Parrot Fish I’ve had the pleasure to observe! This cuff is a challenging project that consists of ten different colored and patterned sections guaranteed to hold your interest! The “Parrot Fish Cuff” beading kit contains twenty-four colors and almost 60 grams of Delica and seed beads in various shades of teal, mauve, lime, coral, blue, and green, bordered by deep hematite and rich blue-greens with finishes in metallic luster, matte, opaque, iris, silver-lined, and crystal AB. The step-by-step tutorial for this comfortable and lightweight slip-on Cuff has directions for small, medium, and large sizes. Color photos accompany each step and colorful charts show color placement of each bead. An exciting project to make, the “Parrot Fish Cuff” is art to wear that is sure go garner comments and compliments! This project is recommended for the intermediate to advanced beader. This Kit contains almost 60 grams of beads including: *23 different colors of Delica Beads *15/0 Seed Beads *4mm Japanese Drop Beads *15/0 Metallic Charlotte Beads *A seventeen page easy to follow, step-by-step tutorial accompanied by large color photos and colored charts. *4x6 inch color photo.

The “Safari Cuff” Beading Kit – $140 or Digital Tutorial – $18 (inspired by www.ContemporaryGeometricBeadwork.com)

I love animal prints and the “Safari Cuff” is one of my new favorites! Designing Cheetah, Zebra, Giraffe, Tiger, and Crocodile patterns made this project all the more fun! You may have seen the progress of this geometric zigzag cuff from reading my WordPress blog posts. Well good news – the pattern and kit is now available! The “Safari Cuff” beading kit contains almost 50 grams of Delica beads in various shades of rust, brown, black, tan, ivory, and grey, bordered by deep red and rich bronze with finishes in metallic luster, matte, opaque, iris, silver-lined, and crystal AB. The step-by-step tutorial for this comfortable and lightweight slip-on Cuff has directions for small, medium, and large sizes. Color photos accompany each step and colorful charts show color placement of each bead. An exciting project to make, the “Safari Cuff” is art to wear that is sure go garner comments and compliments! The kit contains: Forty-eight grams of Delica beads 11/0 and 15/0 Japanese Toho seed beads 4mm Japanese Drop beads An eleven page step-by-step tutorial accompanied by process photos A separate 4x6 inch color photo. *Please note: I do not include needles or thread in my kits as most beaders have personal preferences regarding these materials. You may sell items made from this tutorial but only on the condition that you credit me as the designer. This pattern is protected under copyright law and must not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, published, or taught without my express written permission.

The “Creative Components” Wrap – kit $88 or Digital Tutorial – $14 (inspired by www.ContemporaryGeometricBeadwork.com)

When I only have a free hour or two, beaded components are my “go to” project. They work up quickly and offer immediate gratification, which is something I truly appreciate. Inspired by Wings in Contemporary Geometric Beadwork, I really love the mini-winged tube beads in this neck wrap, which by the way, can be made as a wrist wrap by substituting 2.25″ memory wire for the 3.75″ necklace memory wire. They play nicely against the stacked sequins, and small brass gear beads. Faux seashells made of epoxy resin clay finish the ends of the memory wire and miniature faux seashell bead caps add panache to the vintage Czech pressed glass accent beads. The tutorial contains easy to follow step-by-step instructions accompanied by full color photos. As a bonus I’ve also included directions for a tri-fold beaded bead, which is not used in this project. It’s just a little something extra for you to have fun with! The Wrap works up rapidly so it makes a perfect weekend project! The wrap is available in color shown, but you may request your favorite colors and I’ll put a kit together especially for you! Just check the Custom Color Request box in the shopping cart and include a note listing the colors you prefer. The “Creative Component Wrap” kit contains: *Delica beads in five colors *15/0 and 11/0 seed beads *An assortment of vintage Czech Glass beads, brass gear beads, and sequins *Seventeen inches of 3.25″ necklace memory wire and 2.25 bracelet memory wire *Three reusable silicone molds *Pearlescent Powder *Easy to follow step by step pattern accompanied by full color photos *4x6 inch color photo *Please note: I do not include needles or thread in my kits as most beaders have personal preferences regarding these materials. *This kit also does not contain epoxy resin clay, as it has a limited shelf life. The clay is available at many craft shops, hardware stores, as well as on-line. Resources are listed in the pattern.

“The Loch Ness Sea Dragon’ Wrist Wrap – Kit $148 or Digital Tutorial – $18 (inspired by www.ContemporaryGeometricBeadwork.com)

Of the three Sea Dragons I’ve made thus far (all inspired by the Sea Serpent in CGB), this one possesses the most texture with its seventy mini Horns jutting out from the ten Winged sections of the wrist wrap. The bracelet can also be worn as a choker doubling the fashion mileage of this sculptural wearable art! I’ve titled this Sea Dragon design “Loch Ness” for two reasons, the first being that the colors remind me of a Black Watch plaid, although this pattern work runs on the diagonal. The second is for Nessie, the famed monster that has supposedly been sighted on several occasions since 1934 when a couple spotted Nessie while driving by the lake, which might have a Sea Dragon as well…who knows? The kit contains: * over 50 grams of Delicas and seed beads *memory wire * a seashell mold *pearlescent powder *easy to understand step-by-step instructions accompanied by large color photos and a chart. *two 4x6 inch color photos The bracelet is shown in sixteen glorious shades of blue, green. black, and gold! Of course, if you’d rather have different colors, I’ll be happy to put together a kit especially for you – just select “Custom Colors” when you place your order and include a note letting me know the colors you prefer or send me an email or convo telling me your favorite shades! *Please note: I do not include needles or thread in my kits as most beaders have personal preferences regarding these materials. *This kit also does not contain epoxy resin clay, as it has a limited shelf life. The clay is available at many craft shops, hardware stores, as well as on-line. Resources are listed in the pattern.

The “Sea Dragon Variation” Wrist Wrap – kit $148 or Digital Tutorial – $18 (inspired by www.ContemporaryGeometricBeadwork.com)

You may have seen my “Sea Dragon Variation” wrist wrap (inspired by Contemporary Geometric Beadwork) in my WordPress blog posts. Well good news – the pattern and kit is now available! This Sea Dragon makes me think of all kinds of creatures that dwell in the sea – spiny seashells, crustaceans, and Lion fish to mention a few! This Variation of the original Sea Dragon wrist wrap is patterned in various shades of chocolate, praline, and mocha meant to resemble the skin or scales that might cover the body of such a creature. Tiny faux seashells made of epoxy resin clay cover the coils of memory wire at each end. Shown in Earth (orange/pinks/golds/browns), you can request Jungle (greens/bronze/teal), Ocean (blues/greens/purples), OR you may request your favorite colors and I’ll put together a custom kit especially for you! Be sure to include a note letting me know the colors you would like if you choose Custom Request. The kit contains: Over 60 grams of Delicas 11/0 and 15/0 seed beads Magatamas Charlottes Sterling silver plated memory wire A flexible seashell mold Pearlescent powder An eighteen page step-by-step tutorial accompanied by process photos A separate 4x6 inch color photo. *Please note: I do not include needles or thread in my kits as most beaders have personal preferences regarding these materials. *This kit also does not contain epoxy resin clay, as it has a limited shelf life. The clay is available at many craft shops, hardware stores, as well as on-line. Resources are listed in the pattern.

The “Sea Dragon” Wrist Wrap – Kit $145 or Digital Tutorial – $18 (inspired by www.ContemporaryGeometricBeadwork.com)

Imagine going for a swim and coming across this life form floating toward you! By design, a cross between reptile and amphibian, my Sea Dragon wrist wrap is patterned in various shades of green meant to resemble the skin or scales that might cover the body of such a creature. Tiny faux seashells made of epoxy resin clay cover the coils of memory wire at each end. You may have seen my “Sea Dragon” wrist wrap (inspired by Contemporary Geometric Beadwork) in my WordPress blog posts. Well good news – the pattern and kit is now available in my Etsy shop! The kit is shown in the colors I used for the wrap I made, but you can request your favorite colors and I’ll put together a custom kit especially for you! Be sure to include a note letting me know the colors you would like if you choose Color Custom Request. The kit contains: Over 60 grams of Delicas (including costly matte metallics!) 11/0 and 15/0 seed beads Magatamas Charlottes Sterling silver plated memory wire A flexible seashell mold Pearlescent powder A twelve page step-by-step tutorial accompanied by process photos A separate 4x6 inch color photo. *Please note: I do not include needles or thread in my kits as most beaders have personal preferences regarding these materials. This kit also does not contain epoxy resin clay, as it has a limited shelf life. The clay is available at many craft shops and on-line.

The “Belles Fleurs” Bracelet – Kit $110 or Digital Tutorial – $16

This is the kit for my original design, the “Belles Fleurs” bracelet. This charming mixed media bracelet is inspired by the opulent jewelry of an era (1890–1910) when Art Nouveau was the rage. Beaded sections in checkerboard pattern worked in herringbone stitch attach to a length of supple anodized niobium chain maille. Petite flower bud charms of polymer clay nestle inside bronze metal clay caps and a beaded toggle and clasp closure embellished with tiny brass cogged disks finish this piece. You will learn how to create metal clay bead caps (although finished bead caps will be included in your kit), make polymer clay flower buds, work a very easy chain maille pattern, and stitch beaded sections in herringbone and ladder stitch following my clear, concise directions. This is a fun, easy and quick to make project suitable for all levels of beading skills. The kit is offered in seven lush colourways: The finished bracelet is shown in “Café Latte”, a lovely mix of metallic bronze, matte ivory and metallic steel iris Delica beads, purple/blue aurora borealis seed beads, metallic burgundy Charlotte beads and a blend of rich coffee, mocha, and platinum colored anodized niobium jump rings. Other colourways offered are: “April Showers” ( subtle blues/greens/lavender), “Tropic” (teal,coral, lime), “Tumeric” (spice/orange/lime), “Midnight” (deep blues/purples/burgundies), “Faded Denim” (pale blues, lavender), “Mardigras” (a mixture of bright blues/fuchsia/gold). Be sure to list your color preference upon checking out or email me if you would like to request a color combination that is different than those listed. Please see my Etsy shop to view the above colorways. The “Belles Fleurs” bracelet kit contains: Delica beads in three different sizes and colors Seed Beads 250 colorful anodized niobium jump rings Charlotte beads 4mm brass cogged embellishment disks Six beautiful handmade (by me) bronze metal clay bead caps Six 20 gauge argentium sterling silver ball tipped headpins Custom blended polymer clay Step by step directions accompanied by full color photos 4″x6″ color photo of the finished bracelet *Please note: I do not include needles or thread in my kits as most beaders have personal preferences regarding these materials.

The “Belles Fleurs Bracelet Version II” – Kit – (Currently Unavailable) Digital Tutorial – $16

This is the kit for the “Belles Fleurs Bracelet Version II, my original design. This latest variation is primarily bead woven and does not have the chain maille section that the first version has. Instead, the beadwoven section comprises the entire length of the bracelet and two petite flower buds now dangle at the toggle end of the bracelet. In addition, embellishment disks now frame both edges lengthwise. I designed this bracelet for those of you who do not wish to work in chain maille. The two versions of the bracelet complement each other so well and actually look wonderful worn together! If one were so inclined to extend the beaded portion, I think this design would look wonderful as a choker…I just may make one for myself! The kit is offered in several lush colourways: The finished bracelet is shown in “Spice” (a blend of bronze, saffron, and metallic black pepper, and persimmon). Other colourways offered are: “Ocean” (a blend of blues and sea green), “Midnight” (deep blues/purples/burgundies), “Forest” (a blend of greens, moss, bark), “Jewels” (a blend of ruby, topaz, amethyst, and peridot). Or email me with your favorite colors and I’ll custom blend shades for you! Be sure to list your color preference upon checking out or email me if you would like to request a color combination that is different than those listed. The “Belles Fleurs” bracelet kit contains: Delica beads in three different sizes Seed Beads Charlotte beads 4mm brass cogged embellishment disks Two beautiful handmade (by me) bronze metal clay bead caps Two 20 gauge argentium sterling silver ball tipped headpins Custom blended polymer clay 6 jumprings Step by step directions for both bracelet versions accompanied by full color photos 4″x6″ color photo of the finished bracelet *Please note: I do not include needles or thread in my kits as most beaders have personal preferences regarding these materials.

 

 

The “Rain Forest Flora” Bracelet – (Currently Unavailable) Digital Tutorial – $14

Take an imaginary trek through an Amazonian jungle and you’ll see the most interesting species of fauna and flora.  The beaded portion of this bracelet reminds me of thick, heavy vines growing in abundance.  And one look at these colorful polymer clay tropical buds nestling inside bronze metal clay blossoms and I’m almost there!  If you’d like a project that works up really fast, this is the one for you. Although this kit comes with components that I have made for this kit (three bronze metal clay blossoms, Argentium 930 Silver wireworked jumprings and headpins, as well as a unique toggle/clasp), the directions show you how to make these items with step-by-step directions as well! The easy to follow step-by-step instructions are accompanied by large full color photos. The beaded portion is worked in Ndeble stitch with added beaded embellishment and is recommened for all levels of beading experience. The “Rain Forest Flora” bracelet kit includes: *Size 11/0 Japanese seed beads *Size 15/0 Japanese seed beads *Five colors of polymer clay *Three beautiful bronze metal clay “blossoms” *Argentium 930 Silver handmade jumprings *Argentium 930 Silver handmade headpins *Argentium 930 Silver handmade toggle and clasp *Clear and concise step-by-step instructions accompanied by large full-color photos *A 4x6 inch color photo *Please note: I do not include needles or thread in my kits as most beaders have personal preferences regarding these materials.

The “Modular Concept” Cuff Beading Kit – (Currently Unavailable) Ditigal Tutorial – $14

I love this bracelet! The colorful little rectangular blocks and the petite patchwork embellishments that make up this design. Jewel-like Swarovski crystal Lochrosen rhinestones secure tiny textured polymer clay squares to various areas of the cuff. The materials combine to produce somewhat of a mosaic effect which makes me think of a magic carpet! I’ve even made a custom clasp of bronze metal clay to accompany the beaded toggle. This comfortable mixed media cuff measures 1 1/4″ in width and has lovely weight and drape. Available in my Etsy shop! The “Modular Concept” Cuff beading kit contains: *Japanese seed beads in two sizes and seventeen colors *A beautiful large metal clay clasp handmade by me *Swarovski crystal Lochrosen and crystal pearls *Tiny lustrous polymer clay square “sequin” embellishments also made by me *Clear and concise step-by-step instructions accompanied by large full color photos *A 4″x 6″ color photo *Please note: I do not include needles or thread in my kits as most beaders have personal preferences regarding these materials.

” Bollywood Bling” Beaded Ruffle Cuff kit – $120 or Digital Tutorial – $14

Bollywood is the  term popularly used for the Hindi-language film industry – a playful version of Hollywood done Indian style!   Many of these films feature dancers attired in brightly colored clothing accented with beads of dazzling brilliance.  Gold, saffron, garnet, hot pink, purple, and vivid blues and greens – these are the vibrant colors that I associate with Bollywood. I think this bracelet would fit perfectly with those costumes!  I’ve aptly titled this piece the “Bollywood Bling” Beaded Ruffle Cuff.  It sparkles with a beautiful Swarovski crystal rivoli and tiny crystals that line the cuff’s undulating seed beaded ruffled edges.   More crystals sit atop handmade satin finished flower disks which I’ve made from bronze metal clay and sewn along the center length of the cuff.  This piece just makes me happy!   Imagine this piece  in shades of turquoise or lapis lazuli or emerald.   Yum…I want one in every color! The pattern directions show how to make the bronze metal clay flower disks, but I’m including finished flower disks in the kit for you. This beading kit contains: *Miyuki Delica Beads *Japanese seed beads *Charlotte Beads *One Swarovski crystal rivoli *Eighty 3mm Swarovski bicone crystals *Ten handmade bronze flower disks *Easy to follow step-by-step instructions with full color photos *4″ x 6″ color photo *Please note that I do not include thread or needles with my kits as most beaders have personal preferences regarding these materials.

The “Tide Pool” Cuff kit – $145 or Digital Tutorial – $16

This isn’t a tropical vacation, but it may be the next best thing.  Think of a walk along a beach, waves crashing over a rocky coastline, and flowing back out to sea leaving swirling tide pools behind, exposing barnacles and tiny seashells. With this free-form design, you’ll choose the colors and number of seed beads used for each barnacle, creating your very own one-of-a-kind piece of art jewelry! My pattern includes instructions for making bronze metal clay shells, but I’m also including the bronze button and bronze embellishment seashells with the kit so you’ll be ready to start stitching your cuff right away! I offer several colorways on my BigCartel page, but if you’d prefer a special color mix, feel free to email me with your request! The “Tide Pool” kit contains: *Japanese Seed Beads – 11/0 in nine colors *Japanese Seed Beads – 15/0 *One handmade Bronze Metal Clay Button *Fourteen handmade Bronze Metal Clay Seashells for embellishment *Freshwater pearls in a variety of sizes and colors *Clear and concise step-by-step instructions including full color step-by-step photos *4″ x 6″ color photo *Please note that I do not include needles or thread in the kit as most beaders have preferences regarding these materials.  Currently unavailable.

The “Tide Pool” Cuff kit – Wide Version – $150 or Digital Tutorial – $16

Everything the above cuff has and more! Twenty bronze seashells and two buttons are included in this kit. The finished cuff measures about one and one-half inches in width.

Currently unavailable.

 

The “Bedazzled Spiral Cuff” kit – $128 or Digital Tutorial – $16

Luscious! I love this undulating spiral and the bold colors. This bracelet is sure to get noticed! And, because different techniques and mediums are used, it’s an exciting project to create and wear! You’ll stitch a spiral and accent it with textured custom colored polymer clay beads, a beaded toggle, and a metal clay clasp of your own creation. Of course, if you aren’t interested in working with metal clay, you can always make a clasp by stitching a beaded ring clasp – I’ll include extra beads for you! This kit is available in jewel tones, neutrals, earth tones, sunset brights, or pastels, or you may order it in your favorite colors – just email me with your request. *Note: Due to fluctuating silver prices and the expense of stocking silver, the metal clay is not included in this kit, but I will provide sources from whom it can be purchased. The “Bedazzled Spiral Cuff” kit contains: *Japanese seed beads, Delicas, and triangle beads *Swarovski bicone crystals *Three wooden beads *Polymer Clay (four custom blended colors) *Pearlescent powder *Four sterling silver crimp beads *Stringing wire *Easy to follow step-by-step instructions with full color step-by-step photos *4″ x 6″ color photo *Please note that I do not include needles or thread in my kits as most beaders have preferences regarding these materials.

The “Potpourri” Bracelet Kit – $125 or Digital Tutorial – $14

This bracelet incorporates a little bit of everything…four colorful polymer clay beads in several shapes, a right angle weave pod bead woven with Japanese seed beads, and a lovely flower bead, curved flower disks, and a flower shaped clasp made of fine silver metal clay.  A leaf shaped clasp of polymer clay will attach to the bracelet with 18 gauge silver wire. These sculptural components combine to create a fanciful potpourri of delicious colors and textures. *Note: If you do not wish to work in metal clay, you may substitute the metal clay bead and disks with polymer clay – enough polymer clay is included in the kit to do this if you wish. * Note: Due to fluctuating silver prices and the expense of stocking silver, the metal clay is not included in this kit, but I will provide sources from whom it can be purchased. The “Potpourri” bracelet kit contains: The “Potpourri” bracelet kit contains: *Polymer clay (five colors) *note: Please request your choice of colors. *One 16mm bisque bead *Wooden beads (three 16mm round and one 14mm x 20mm barrel bead) *Pearlescent powder *Acrylic finish *Plastic work surface *Seed beads from Japan in size 15/0, 11/0, 8/0, and 6/0 *Four sterling silver crimp beads *Stringing wire *One 1 1/4″ piece of 18 gauge balled tipped argentium sterling silver *One closed sterling silver jumpring *One ball tipped sterling silver jumpring *One brass bead *One cocktail straw *Easy to follow step-by-step instructions with full color step-by-step photos *4″ x 6″ color photo *Please note I do not include needles or thread with my kits as most beaders have preferences regarding these materials.

The “Sculptural Earring Stand” Kit – $48 or Digital Tutorial – $10

It’s wonderful to have a jewelry case with partitions of all different sizes specially designed to house earrings and bracelets and nifty little knobs from which to hang necklaces.  But, if you have one or more special pieces, it might be nice to display them.  Rather than being stored out of sight, I enjoy gazing upon my favorite pieces when they aren’t being worn.  I made the sculptural earring stand for just this purpose!  So, for those of you who would like to display a special pair of earrings, I’ve written directions and am offering the earring stand as a kit.  It’s an easy, speedy, and fun project and you don’t have to be an artist to make one! The earrings featured on the stand are not included – a pattern for the earrings “Moroccan Surprise” is offered separately. The “Sculptural Earring Stand” kit contains: *Heavy gauge steel wire *Polymer clay *Liquid Sculpey *Pearlescent powder *Acrylic finish *Step-by-step instructions with full color photos *4″ x 6″ color photo

 

The “Moroccan Surprise” Earring Kit – (currently unavailable) Digital Tutorial – $14

Do you like earrings that are just a bit on the flamboyant side and sure to be conversation starters? Would you like a fun project that combines brick and peyote stitch and polymer clay? Do you like harmless snakes? Then this is the kit for you! Order in the color way shown or you may request water colors, jewel tones, or whatever colors your heart desires! This kit is recommended for the intermediate to advanced beader. The “Moroccan Surprise” earring kit includes:* Two 12mm Swarovski crystal rivolis * Two metal heishi beads * Two 4mm bi-cone crystals * One 2” long 20 gauge head pin * Premo Sculpey Polymer Clay * Pearlescent powder * Two handmade 20 gauge sterling silver earwires * A selection of Miyuki Delica beads, 15/0 seed beads, and charlottes * Clear and concise step-by-step instructions including full color step-by-step photos *4″ x 6″ color photo *Please note: I do not include needles and thread in my kits, as most beaders have a personal preference as to which brand and types of needles/thread they like to use.

 

“Easy and Elegant” Polymer Clay Beads kit – $48 or Digital Tutorial – $10

Have you ever wanted to make Polymer clay beads but don’t quite know where to start? Look no further…this kit is for you! The design possibilities are endless. These directions will show you how to create a single design which you can alter in a myriad of ways to create a bevy of beautiful art beads! This project is suitable for all levels of expertise and may be ordered in neutrals, earth tones, water tones, jewel tones, brights, or pastels. This kit contains the following: *Five colors of polymer clay *Twelve wooden beads in various shapes and sizes *Flower Templates *Pearlescent powder *A vial of acrylic finish *polyester batting *Easy to follow step-by-step directions with step-by-step color photos *4″ x 6″ color photo.

The “Lariat Rope” Kit – $78 or Digital Tutorial – $12

I have always enjoyed beading rope necklace, but I’ve designed this one with an interesting twist. This rope is worked in right angle weave, but I’ve added some extra steps for embellishing it with exquisite little 15/0 Charlotte beads. A bit of wirework instruction is also included in the pattern. In four easy steps you’ll learn how tro make youw own elegant sterling silver “S” hooks. The “S” hooks attach to the ends of the rope and from them you can suspend charms, focal beads, or all manner of treasure you have on hand! PLEASE NOTE that instructions for making the fine silver metal clay and resin pendant shown on my rope in this photo are not included. This kit is recommended for the advanced beginner to intermediate to advanced beader. Pleae request your color preferences: Water Tones (blues, greens, purples), Fire (reds/oranges), Neutrals or Pastels The “Lariat Rope” beading kit contains enough beads to make a 34″ rope:: *Delicas *Japanese seed beads *15/0 Czech Charlottes *Practic wire *Sterling silver wire *Easy to follow step-by-step instructions accompanied with large full color photos *4″ x 6″ color photo *Please note that I do not include needles or thread with my kits as most beaders have personal preferences regarding those supplies.

The “Fit for a Queen” Necklace Kit – $120 or Digital Tutorial – $12

Swarovski rivolis are bezeled with Delicas and seed beads. The 12mm rivoli at the bottom of the necklace is accented with Charlotte beads and lies below the main focal “jewel”, a large Swarovski crystal. Peyote stitched round and oval rings link to segments of antiqued sterling silver chain . A sterling silver “S” hook clasp finishes this beauty! The kit contains the following: * Six – 2 1/2 to 3 inch segments of sterling silver chain * One handmade sterling silver “S” clasp * Three Swarovski 12mm rivolis *One Swarovski 27mm x 18.5mm crystal * Delicas, charlottes, and 15/0 seed beads in assorted colors * Easy to follow step-by-step instructions with color step-by-step photos *4″ x 6″ color photo *Please note: Needles and thread are not included in my kits as most beaders have a personal preference as to which kinds of needles/thread they like to use. This kit may be ordered in the above color way, neutrals, earth tones, water colors, or jewel tones.

“Shell and Spines Cuff” kit – $148 or Digital Tutorial – $16

This bracelet reminds me of colors andcreatures I glimpsed on the ocean floorwhen I used to scuba dive. Spiny dagger beads sit upon a base of right angled weave.The focal stone is a 27mm Swarovski crystal encased in a tubular peyote bezel of Japanese seed and Delica beads embellished with keishi pearls and tiny crystals. I’ve created an Opihi Shell button from polymer clay which fits into a branch fringe loop of tiny seed beads. Star Urchin buttons (shown below) made of polymer may be substituted if you like. Presently I’m offering this kit in neutrals, water colors, pastels, and jewel tone colors, but you may request your favorite color combinations and I’ll make up a kit especially for you! Recommended for the intermediate to advanced beader. The ” Shell and Spines Cuff” kit includes the following items: * One 27mm Swarovski rivoli * One hundred forty-eight Czech glass dagger beads in three colors * One polymer clay star urchin button * Thirty-two 4mm Czech crystals * Delicas, 8/0, 11/0, and 15/0 Miyuki and Czech seed beads,13/0 charlottes * Eighty 3mm Swarovski bicone crystals * Miscellaneous embellishment beads (keishi pearls, 3mm Swarovski crystal and pearls, assorted seed beads * Clear, concise step-by-step instructions including full color step-by-step photos *Please note: I do not include needles and thread in my kits, as most beaders have a personal preference as to which brand and types of needles/thread they like to use.

“Treasure Basket Drop Earrings” kit – $88 (currently unavailable) Digital Tutorial – $14

Hone your brick stitch and wire working skills with these delightful earrings. At 2 1/4″ in length, they make a colorful statement and are such fun to wear! You may order the kit as shown or in your choice of colors. This kit is recommended for the advanced beginner and intermediate beader. “Treasure Basket Drop Earrings” kit contains: *Delicas, charlottes, and a selection of pearls, crystals, and seed beads. *Long ball tipped sterling silver headpins *Two handmade sterling silver earwires *Two 2″ pieces of 20 gauge bronze wire *Two metal heishi beads *Nine pages of clear and concise step-by-step instructions including full color step-by-step photos *Please note: I do not include needles and thread in my kits, as most beaders have a personal preference as to which brand and types of needles/thread they like to use.

 

 

“Beaded Bronze Links Bracelet” and “Interlocking Rings” Bracelet (Kits currently unavailable) Digital Pattern (includes both designs) – $15

Please note: Tutorials for the “Beaded Bronze Links” Bracelet and “Interlocking Rings” Bracelet have been combined to include both patterns. The “Beaded Bronze Links” bracelet has colorful beaded links, as well as handmade bronze metal clay rings that link with the beaded rings. It also has a nifty beaded toggle. This bracelet is worked in peyote stitch and is recommended for the advanced beginner to intermediate beader. Please request your color preference: earthtones, water colors, or jewel tones. This kit contains the following: *Size 10/0 and 11/0Delicas, seed beads, charlottes, and Swarovski crystal pearls *Seven handmade bronze metal clay rings * step-by-step instructions with full color step-by-step photos. *Please note: I do not include needles and thread in my kits, as most beaders have a personal preference as to which brand and types of needles/thread they like to use. Colorful beaded rings connect with each other in this project. The bracelet is finished with a handmade one-of-a-kind BRONZE metal clay toggle and clasp in a brushed or antiqued finish (the photo and pattern shows a silver clasp and toggle, but due to the escalating cost of silver, bronze will be substituted). Please request your color preference: earth tones, water colors, or jewel tones. This kit utilizes tubular and flat peyote stitch and is recommended for the advanced beginner to intermediate beader. Note: this kit is currently unavailable. This beading kit includes: * Delicas 10/0 and 11/0 in an assortment of colors * One handmade bronze toggle and clasp * Easy to follow step-by-step instructions with full color step-by-step photos. *Please note: I do not include needles or thread in my kits, as most beaders have a personal preference as to which brand of thread they like to use.

“The Princess Collar” kit – $128 (currently unavailable) Digital Tutorial – $14

This graceful piece is the picture of understated elegance…from it’s center Aurora Borealis focal “jewel” to the tiny pearls and crystals edging the collar. A woven netting of shimmering Delicas and dark ruby AB seed beads are suspended from ladder stitched Miyuki gunmetal bugle beads. A handmade sterling silver “S” clasp at the back is the perfect finish. This project uses, ladder stitch, brick stitch, and woven netting and is recommended for intermediate to advanced beaders. This kit includes the following: * One Swarovski 16mm rivoli * Miyuke bugle beads * Fifty Swarovski 4mm crystal pearls * Fifty Czech fire polished crystals * One Sterling Silver “S” clasp * Delicas, 15/0 seed beads and charlottes * Easy to follow step-by-step instructions with color step-by-step photos *Please note: I do not include needles and thread in my kits, as most beaders have a personal preference as to which brand and types of needles/thread they like to use. Order in the above color way or you may request earth tones, water colors, or jewel tones.

“We’ll Always Have Paris” earring kit – $48 (currently unavailable) Digital Tutorial – $10

I can’t help but think of “Casablanca”, the classic Bogart and Bergman film, when I wear these Eiffel Tower earrings . This is a very quick and easy project that uses ladder and Ndebele stitch. The finished earrings measure 1 1/2″ in length. This kit is recommended for beginning beaders who have basic beading experience.   This earring kit includes the following: * Two extra long 20 gauge handmade sterling silver headpins * Miyuki bugle beads * 8/0 and 15/0 seed beads * Two 6mm teardrop or oval crystals * Two 4mm bicone crystals* Two 2mm round sterling silver beads * Beading needle * Step-by-step instructions accompanied by color step-by-step photos *Please note: I do not include needles and thread in my kits, as most beaders have a personal preference as to which brand and types of needles/thread they like to use. This kit is available with Matte Metallic Bronze (shown), Gunmetal , or Metallic Bronze Iris bugle beads.