Barb’s Outlet


Barb’s Outlet is taking COVID-19 precautions

Barb's Outlet is taking COVID-19 precautions for your safety. CURBSIDE PICKUP is now available for Lacombe, AB customers. Email me for details. NO GIFT BOXES OR GIFT MESSAGING ARE AVAILABLE FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE. Purchases will be packaged in ziplock bags. Please follow this procedure when you receive a shipment: 1) Put water with a little dish detergent and 1 tsp. bleach in a plastic container; 2) Put on disposable rubber or silicone gloves; 3) Open package from Barb's Outlet; 4) Open ziplock bag and slide purchase into prepared water;[...]


Student ring

Glamour shot of student ring from recent class This Argentium silver ring was made by a student in my recent knot-a-ring class at the Lacombe Handicraft and Lapidary Guild. It is only the second ring she's made. Instead of using a single wire, she used two--and wrapped them as though they were one. I brought the ring home to further polish and harden it in my rock tumbler. For fun, I did a "glamour" shot of it for her. What do you think? If you want to be notified of upcoming classes, subscribe to my newsletter. You can also follow this bl[...]



Barb's Outlet Blog This is where you can follow my current jewelry projects, processes, discoveries, and other topics related to jewelry. I'll also occasionally post about other things that catch my fancy. I aim to entertain and inform. This blog lets me keep in touch with you between my monthly newsletters (coming soon; watch the Announcements page.) Sign-up will be available as soon as I figure out and configure the necessary service and support structure. Follow my blog to make sure you don't miss any posts. (You will have the option of customizing h[...]


Business name

Have you ever been in the position of choosing a business name? Let me tell you, it’s not for the faint of heart. For weeks, I tried to come up with a name for my jewelry business. I wanted something that could catch people’s attention, that might intrigue, that hinted at the type of jewelry I make. But name after name was already taken. In desperation, I turned to my son for his assistance. “It’s your business; I’m not going to tell you what to call it,” he said. In the end, though, I think Barb’s Outlet was his suggestion. (He was probab[...]


My other half – part 1

I bet you thought I was going to talk about my husband, right? I'm not. This post is about a project I'm currently working on, and the thought process behind it. A few months ago, I took a green jasper to Rock Club (the Lacombe Handicraft and Lapidary Guild). It was too large to use for a pendant, so I asked about cutting it in half. When Harv told me to just hold it on either side and pass it through the saw, I had visions of losing the ends of my fingers. I actually thought he was kidding. He wasn't. To my relief, he cut that first stone for me. I shap[...]