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 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 member of the Cape Breton Centre...
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.
Inspiration & Buttons
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
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
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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Working for Me
Working for Me
It's nearing the end of 2017, and I'm almost half a year into my new life. Seems like a good time to take stock! Here's...
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The Online Listings Thing
The Online Listings Thing
I've tried to create online listings for jewellery for at least a decade. I go back and forth between using a turnkey marketplace like Etsy...
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Medallions & Evolution
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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Holiday Jewellery Sale!
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...
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Deck the Halls
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...
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Lessons in Audience, Booth Design, and Venue
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...
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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.
Inspiration & Buttons
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
Medallions & Evolution
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...
Read More
Mica and Ink on Clay – Making Alcohol Ink Shine
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
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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Clay Molds & Stamps
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...
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Plier & Wire Basics – The How-to of DIY Jewelry, Part I
Plier & Wire Basics – The How-to of DIY Jewelry, Part I
With the advent of my new venture (The Adventure, if you will), I'm taking a page out of the book of one of my favourite...
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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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Jewelry Update
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...
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