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.

Girls’ Night Out 2007

I had a really great time at the show last night. I was a little stressed due to not having left myself quite enough time, but my man and my mom are fantastic and they got me through it in one piece. Two new sets of designs evolved for this …

Mock Display Thoughts

I’m working on some display ideas for an upcoming show at the local Girl’s Night Out fundraiser for Transition House. Click on each photo for notes at my Flickr stream. I’d love your thoughts!

Chakra Bracelet Prototype

I’m working on a Chakra bracelet as the first in what will hopefully be a series of metaphysical-based jewellery, to be sold at A Whisper of Crystals, a Reiki and IET healing place in Millville.

Birthday present pour moi

My birthday was the first of this month and I decided I needed something fabulous to wear. Aquamarine is (one of) my birthstone(s) and I bought this strand of chips at my reiki healer’s with the intention of making something for myself; my throat chakra is all messed up and …

Jewellery Fabrication Class

What a great course! I made a ton of things, and learned a lot. Like, I know how to solder now! WITH FLAMES. I am invincible! This ring keeps migrating from my ring finger to my thumb, on both hands. I love it so much. I torch-soldered every single joint and …

Collar

I took a jewellery fabrication course over the past two weekends. But while I’m processing photos of those, check out this collar I dreamed up one day at work and just finally sat down to make: I’m exceptionally proud.

News

I’m taking a Jewellery Fabrication course over the next two weekends – 24 hours in total – and I’m totally psyched. Over the weekend I attended the Atlantic Craft Trade Show, a journey that helped me clearly define the direction I’m going in by highlighting what I do NOT want …

4-Strand Braided Wire

Taking inspiration from the lovely Kate Holly-Clark, including her beautiful trees; and from various other sources, I searched for and found some online instructions on how to create a four-strand braid. Most of them were really verbose and devoid of any visual aids; but I found this great hair braiding …

For Elinor

My friend the lovely Elinor got me a great deal on some wholesale beads a few times; in return I promised her a couple of pieces with her materials. You’ve seen The Earth in the Night Sky already; here’s the second piece, with her gorgeous labradorite cabs. A shot of …

Basic Wire-Wrapping Classes

I’m putting on two wire-wrapping classes in the next month or so. First, with the Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design, fourth one down the page. Second, with Richmond County Municipal Services, front page of their newsletter, baby! Fun!

Necklace Crown

I think I screwed up my camera settings; pictures keep coming out all grainy and I have to resize and de-noise and brighten and colour correct, and it’s no fun whatsoever. But! Look! A necklace that could be worn as a crown: And a commission for my friend Elinor, called …

Arts North

I’m struggling with my light box – I burnt out a bulb yesterday and got a replacement today, plus a side lamp, but it still doesn’t seem to be bright enough. Or angled properly. Or something. Anyway. I needed to take some photos to be featured on Arts North, so …

Light Box!

I followed (vaguely) some instructions for creating your own light box today. Basically, I cut out the sides of a box, covered them in tissue paper, and inserted a piece of white cardboard for a backdrop. I still need to play with it, but I’m very pleased. At first, I …

Craft Market – Afterwards

So the show! Had to load and unload the car in the pouring rain; had a four-hour set-up that was completely killer on the back and knees and feet on the concrete floors, which became a recurring theme throughout the weekend. BUT we suffer for our art, no? I think …

Christmas at Victoria Park

So I’m a bit of a knucklehead. I wanted to send out notice to people I know locally that I’ll be selling my jewellery at the market this weekend. I spent 20 minutes gathering emails from different email programs and my MSN contacts. I wrote the email verrrry carefully. Then …

Craft Market Preview

Preview! 175 pieces. Not nearly enough. I have GOT to get back to work. BUT it only took about an hour to take all those photos, and I only had to delete two for being out of focus. Not bad, not bad at all. Show: November 24, 25, 26, Victoria …

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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