Making Jewellery

A series of posts showing my explorations into new ways of creating jewellery and components.
Week One: Self Employed Artisan-hood
Week One: Self Employed Artisan-hood
Pre-emptive Verdict: IT'S BRILLIANT. Day One: I went to the post office, set up the world's fastest, easiest lightbox (seriously, have never been able to...
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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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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.

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 I learn a new technique, see a new product, or play in a new medium, there’s a… a twist. I can always see how to connect the …

Holiday Jewellery Sale!

My semi-monthly Facebook Event Sales have been going well! I’m excited to present the last one for the year. I realized not everyone who reads this blog is on my Facebook business page, so I thought I’d put up a wee post to let you know it’s happening! :) Details …

Deck the Halls

Despite an autumn full of growing misgivings, the Deck the Halls show has boosted my spirits back to full capacity. A gorgeous, curated show in a venue that can only be considered “quaint”, that show basically IS Christmas, and the effect of the oldest church in Sydney festooned with greenery and …

Lessons in Audience, Booth Design, and Venue

The development of a brand requires that you know – that you decide – who you appeal to, and that you work to stay relatable to that audience. I’ve been struggling somewhat in the past few months to define who that is – which segment of the population likes what …

Wholesaling

Wholesale has never been part of my plan; as a 5-to-9er, I hadn’t time to pursue or follow up on large volumes of jewellery-making. But now that my business is now my only source of income, wholesaling suddenly has a new appeal! On my radar this summer was the possibility of attending the …

Shows & Fairs

Here it is. The end of the year; the glut in craft fairs and shows upon which I have been hanging my hopes for a successful run at being a small-business-owner. The past few weeks have been full of plans and – more exciting – execution of those plans, resulting in a healthy …

Clay Molds & Stamps

Tomorrow I head back to Victoria County Creates, to spend the day doing a Pop-Up Studio in their utterly gorgeous art gallery space. While I had a fantastic time there – very productive, wiring up items for four hours – it turns out that wiring up items for four hours …

Week One: Self Employed Artisan-hood

Pre-emptive Verdict: IT’S BRILLIANT. Day One: I went to the post office, set up the world’s fastest, easiest lightbox (seriously, have never been able to take photos like this so quickly), took a stack of photos for an upcoming Facebook sale event, figured out that I could dome the bottlecaps …

Gayle Bird Designs, Inc.

In two weeks, I will be something I never thought I could ever accomplish: a self-employed, entrepreneurial, full-time working artist. After almost 18 years working as an educator for an online college, I have put in my notice and will be pursuing Gayle Bird Designs, Inc., with my whole heart and …

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 …

Contact

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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.

Commission Requests will be open, along with details, in August 2017.

Booking Private Wire Jewellery Workshops now! Contact me for details.


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