Tutorials
I periodically create wire-wrap tutorials for youtube.com. You can also find my work at Wubbersu.com, Zibbet.com, and Craftsy.com. This page is the index, so to speak! My Experience Without a doubt, writing how-to tutorials is what I’m...
Where to Buy
Limited Online Selection A few of my current pieces are available online right here on this website. Gallery Shop Locations My jewellery is carried by several prestigious Nova Scotia galleries. I am honoured to have...
About the Artist
Gayle in her studio in 2014 Gayle Bird is an online education instructor and course developer, writing and teaching curriculum for adult learners in various design subjects. She taught herself jewelry design and became a juried...
Contact
If you want to leave comments or ask questions, please fill out the form below and it will email me directly. Note: I just can’t do commissions right now. I’m simply too busy to give...

Blog

The latest posts in this journey of jewellery evolution and design.
Video up: Simple Wire Wrap with Accidental Asymmetry Lesson
Yesterday I declared to my husband that today I would shoot and publish a video if it kills us all - me, him, the cats,...
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Making My Own Metal!
Metal clay is something I've been aching to put into production for years... And this past November, I did it! My gorgeous wee secondhand kiln...
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Working from home is hard, yall
I've been having trouble doing anything on a consistent basis. This whole make-your-own-hours thing is hard when there are kittehs to snuggle, naps to have,...
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Flash Sale – Fall 2018
Hey y'all! I'm not sure if you're interested but I thought it couldn't hurt to let you know that I've got a fall flash sale...
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The Next Step
My first interaction with beads was a small Minnie Mouse tin full of seed beads. I don’t remember where it came from but I carried...
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Adventures in Hobo Soldering
After a time with my real-live-jeweler's-bench and oxy-propane torch and flexshaft, I was mildly ousted to across the room when a REAL goldsmith was finally...
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Inspiration & Buttons
A while back I was lucky enough to find and purchase this fantastic lot of vintage metal buttons online, and it has been a source...
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Expanding Markets
If you've been wondering where on earth I have been hiding myself for the past few weeks, wonder no further. I have been preparing for...
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Surprise! Dream Job
Two weeks ago, money was tight and I thought I'd better look for a part time job for a little while. It's January, and as...
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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!

Making Jewellery

A series of posts showing my explorations into new ways of creating jewellery and components.
Video up: Simple Wire Wrap with Accidental Asymmetry Lesson
Yesterday I declared to my husband that today I would shoot and publish a video if it kills us all - me, him, the cats,...
Read More "Video up: Simple Wire Wrap with Accidental Asymmetry Lesson"
Making My Own Metal!
Metal clay is something I've been aching to put into production for years... And this past November, I did it! My gorgeous wee secondhand kiln...
Read More "Making My Own Metal!"
Inspiration & Buttons
A while back I was lucky enough to find and purchase this fantastic lot of vintage metal buttons online, and it has been a source...
Read More "Inspiration & Buttons"
Medallions & Evolution
There's something always happening in my head - evolutions, adaptations, innovations - that keeps me constantly making changes to the art I produce. Every time...
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Mica and Ink on Clay – Making Alcohol Ink Shine
My last video yielded some interesting results with the Lumiere paints – but what you didn’t see was a side effect of using just mica...
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Watching Paint Dry – Lumiere Halo Paint Effects on Polymer Clay
Back when I was in Knoxville for one of my JTV appearances, I found a Hobby Lobby and managed to keep from dragging home the...
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Testimonials

“In 2010 my husband and I travelled across Canada from Edmonton. We were awestruck travelling the Cabot Trail. While on this excursion I looked up a little artsy boutique that was inland and discovered your jewelry. I fell in love with the pieces, then and bought a few pieces for myself and my two daughters. Today I discovered your website and am still in awe of the beauty that you create. Your pieces, while the elements are simple, exude elaborate excellence. In Alberta I have never found anything like it. Thank you for even teaching your art to those who want to learn. I love that you take nature’s art to create masterpieces of your own. Never stop creating these gorgeous pieces. Your artwork will live on through the ages.”
Chorneye

“I love my little holly berry Christmas earrings – I wear them everyday! :)”
– Katherine MacDonald

“Just came across your wonderful video, Gayle. Finally, a method that doesn’t intimidate me to try a simple wire wrap. You’ve made it so straightforward and easy. Thank you for sharing this! ;-)”
Judith Farhat

“Your new Steampunk stuff is intensely brilliant.”
– Shauna O’Connor

“Hello From Nuclear Wynter Designs :) Your work is beautiful and inspirational. Make me want to keep practicing wrapping with wire!”
– Nuclear Wynter Designs

“Oh my gosh!!! This was so helpful :D Someone just yesterday asked me to wirewrap something and I said I’d have to find a good video for it, and what’s the first one I look at? The good one! Thank you a million for having this so clear and easy!!!”
Michelle Weir

“Your work is absolutely beautiful :-)”
– Wanda Amos

“I just wanted to say that your pieces are amazing! I’ve recently started started resting pieces of jewelry (both wire wrapped pieces and strung beads). I just wanted to tell you that I admire your art and craftsmanship. You make beautiful unique pieces! If you wanted to check out my work, I am Creations by Pam {pam reyno creations}… Would love to hear what you think!”
– Pam Reno

“Thank you! You showed me one trick that made my day. So good of you to share your skills and experience. :)”
– wanketta

“Hi there, I just found you while casually trying to look up some interesting parts for jewellery making and came across your site. The things you make a beautiful! Do you sell them at all? I feel very inspired by your work, absolutely gorgeous ^_^”
– Daisy Jansen

“AMAZING!!!!!”
– Audra Williams

“Was just at Little Mysteries and purchased the Strength and Protection pendant from your Focus line. such beautiful things! wearing it right now. when my friends see this, I’m thinking the store will need to replenish its stock.”
– Deborah MacInnis

“AWESOME WORK, i love them all, even the red ones. lol and i dont care for the color red. Good for you to have such a great eye for all that you have made. Wow, i wish i had your imagination. Keep up the great work, please add prices to your pictures so I can dream Thanks :)”
– Nora Veinot

“I have to say, I’ve never liked wire wrapped anything, even professionally done it often looks like a 4th grade art project;but I like yours! It looks finished and put together without trying. This is really one of the best examples I’ve ever seen. Brava!! Great job, and to think it’s only a tutorial.
Change of tune…Tom Jones (no really)!!!
THANKS for converting me!!!”
– Thomas Jones

“Wow! You made this look so simple and quick. I have wasted so much wire trying to learn how to wrap. I love the beach glass. Thanks for the tutorial!”
Sandra Johnson