Making Jewellery

A series of posts showing my explorations into new ways of creating jewellery and components.
Teaspoon Jewellery
Teaspoon Jewellery
Everyone knows what you do with old teaspoons if you are a jeweller: you turn them into rings or bracelets by wrapping them around mandrels....
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Craftsy: How to Antique Jewelry in 4 Easy Steps
Craftsy: How to Antique Jewelry in 4 Easy Steps
Hey look it's another Craftsy post! I sure am writing a lot of those lately. This one shows two different ways to antique your copper and...
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Tyrannical Botanical Molds
Tyrannical Botanical Molds
I have been 1000% obsessed with the organic molds I made last week. But after that first batch, something went horribly, horribly wrong! Let me...
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Organic Faux Ceramic (Polymer Clay)
Organic Faux Ceramic (Polymer Clay)
Earlier this week, I found this post on pinterest, linking to Poly Clay Corner's post on what to do with liquid polymer clay. This led...
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Assemblage!
Assemblage!
Have you ever wanted to do something really badly, and then when you get a chance to you stare at it blankly, not sure how...
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Wire Nail Polish Flowers & Pendants
Wire Nail Polish Flowers & Pendants
Recently I picked the topic "wire nail polish flowers" for a blog post a Craftsy, essentially choosing it out of a hat. I was highly...
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Colour. Change. Community.

About the Artist.

As a child, beachcombing with family in Cape Breton, I became captivated by the natural colours and shapes surrounding me. Making jewelry became a means to transform Eastern Canada’s brilliant scenery and calm, creative lifestyle into works of art. By capturing local colour with the sinuous curves of my native coastlines, I can tell stories from my home island through tiny, wearable canvases.

The only constant to my work, besides colour, is change. I thrive on new discoveries, so every new technique I try will merge and grow into the next, delivering surprise and joy as every piece takes shape. I delight in overcoming challenges and solving problems, for I know each piece I make is made richer by the journey it takes from raw materials to final shape.

Communities of artists, both local and global, inform my work and drive my innovative spirit. It’s self-evident that I should share my work with others; breaking down my process helps not only me, but also others who can build on my techniques, combining colour and shape in newer, richer ways to take the evolution of my work forever forward. Each piece of jewelry becomes a phrase in an unfolding conversation around the world.

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Here on gaylebird.com, I wish to share, teach, and discover new and innovative ways to make jewellery out of wire, metal, clay, rusty junk, and basically anything else I can get my hands on. You’ll find tutorials, both free and for purchase, explorations with no end, and most of all, you’ll find my rollercoaster of a ride as I try something new and it either works or fails, and how I move that into something new.

Hope you enjoy the ride!

Inspiration

A series of posts related to the things that inspire and drive me
Beads in Paris
Beads in Paris
When I was in Paris (that sounds simultaneously super pretentious and fictional), my host and I took a stroll up Rue du Temple. We were...
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Designing
Designing
Computer design has been a big part of what's happening around here lately. Logo design, pattern design, font and brand exploration - it's all giving...
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4 Inspirational Ideas for Jewelry-Making Storage
4 Inspirational Ideas for Jewelry-Making Storage
I give some unconventional jewelry-making storage ideas over at the Craftsy blog. And yep, that's my studio and my stash. Jealous? ;) 4 Inspirational Ideas...
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Steampunk Inspiration
Steampunk Inspiration
I've always felt a little squeamish putting the label "steampunk" on my work. Like putting watch bits in there doesn't REALLY make it steampunk, you...
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Art Date!
Art Date!
I'm super excited to play with my friend Whitney tomorrow... as a visual/doodle artist, she's just started with polymer clay by carving her own stamps....
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Think & Design #3: The Cluster
Think & Design #3: The Cluster
Yep, I skipped #2 but that's only because my sketches for those are upstairs - they were made while I was still doing the exercises...
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Think and Design: #1 – The Flower
Think and Design: #1 – The Flower
As promised, I've begun the drawing exercises on my journey towards a new style. Above is the first exercise in the Think and Design Jewelry...
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Concepts & Clay
Concepts & Clay
I purchased a small fistful of these tiny watch parts one time because I couldn't help but think they'd make perfect bird heads. Today the...
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Jewellery Blog

My latest posts, from musings to business discussions to play-by-play explorations in the studio.

Beads in Paris

When I was in Paris (that sounds simultaneously super pretentious and fictional), my host and I took a stroll up Rue du Temple. We were looking for a specific list of bead shops – which we never actually found – and came across a whole street full of bead shops …

Art et the Soul

When I bought a ticket to Paris, I had one, mildly complex goal in mind: To visit friends who had moved there temporarily, using the opportunity to spend my 40th birthday in Europe and get closer to my friends by sharing in some of their experiences there. What I found when I got …

JTV

So, like – this happened again! JTV had me down to Knoxville again, this time for two shows on Jewel School. And yes, that says October. I’m a little slow, so sue me ;) Their lobby sign is still fascinating to me: Christiane had me into her newly-reorganized workspace and …

The Year of YouTube

I decided that 2017 would be the year I did something meaningful and deliberate with my youtube channel. First step was to create a short intro for my videos – key word being short. I didn’t want to bore people or waste their precious time. Next, I had to get my …

Art & Inspiration

You may have noticed that I don’t only create jewellery with wire – I am attracted to any art form that is simple and colourful. Zentangle is a recent thing that’s fed into my long-term stationery fetish, for instance! So, with the latest handlettering craze happening online (check out pinterest …

Jewelry Update

I felt like going through my photos for the past couple of months and compiling the bits of jewelry news and photos that I maybe didn’t already share, or only shared on Instagram or Facebook. For instance, some beautiful components I bought from B’Sue Boutiques (seriously, the greatest quality over there) and …

Life & Times

It’s been a strange few months! Lots of good times, but nothing huge. I feel like marking some of the events, so here’s a photoblog! We had my brother’s birthday: We had my brother’s birthday: I started drinking coffee mixed with this delicious thing (simply because I was tired of …

Creating a Cohesive Display for a Jewellery Booth

Sales weren’t as high this summer as in other years – partly, I think, because I strayed too far from my core silver + beach glass for tourists kinda thing. Whatever it was, I realized I needed to increase my income a bit – and so I signed up for …

Teaspoon Jewellery

Everyone knows what you do with old teaspoons if you are a jeweller: you turn them into rings or bracelets by wrapping them around mandrels. Well. You know me. I can’t do anything the same as other people without developing an eye twitch. And I had this significantly-sized box of …

Into the Groove

This year’s progress has been slow. I thought I had a big business idea to get off the ground but it very much didn’t happen. My online tutorial sales have hit the dirt along with my motivation to make more. Physical sales this tourism season are less than half what …

World’s Shortest Tutorial

What do you think of the one-page tutorial format? No words, just pictures? Just trying out a thing. If you like it, I’ll do a few more (with less blurry photos ;)

Metal & Flowers

I’ve been spending a LOT of time sort of… avoiding the studio. It’s messy in here, my fibro has been acting up so that all I do is SLEEP, and honestly the winter was DEPRESSINGly long and gray. But that didn’t stop me from buying ALL of the colourful supplies I …

Organic Wire-Wrapped Pendants: Craftsy Class Goes Live!

It’s Freeform! Only In Video Form! I haven’t been saying much about my Craftsy class – mostly because the launch date has been a secret. But – and this comes on the heels of the news that my book has sold over 10,000 copies so far – that class launched TODAY. …

Progress of a different sort

It’s strange, not to have been in the studio – nor to have any new jewellery to share with you – for such a long time as this. If my reckoning is correct, it’s been two months! That’s quite a long time, it seems. And yet, I’m not ready for …

Craftsy Class Giveaway!

Good gravy, I’ve filmed a class for Craftsy.com! The experience was absolutely divine. They sent someone to pick me up at the airport, I got to eat at a different downtown Denver restaurant at every meal, and best of all, every single person I interacted with at Craftsy was completely super. …

Faux Roman Glass (Review)

The Blue Bottle Tree is an utterly irreplaceable source of knowledge about polymer clay. With wire, anything I see I can pretty much figure out how to do – but polymer clay is a mystery to me that I’m still unraveling, so I read as much as I can, and I …

Wire Wrapping Tutorial Bundles

As part of the very slow shift in my business practices, I’ve happily begun bundling my wire tutorials with wire and beads or components from my own personal stash – giving you everything you need (but the tools) to create some of my most popular tutorials right away. Even better, you’ll …

Designing

Computer design has been a big part of what’s happening around here lately. Logo design, pattern design, font and brand exploration – it’s all giving me the tingly-fingers. I thought I’d show you some of what I’ve been up to instead of finishing ANY JEWELLERY EVER. Eep. Ahem. It’s still …

Redefinition

The past few months have been a time of reflection and action for me. The huge success of my book (a best seller, onto its second printing!), an appearance on national US television, and even more exciting things in the works (secrets, secrets!) has made me pause and reflect on what …

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Note: I just can’t do commissions right now. I’m simply too busy to give each commission the special attention it deserves.


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