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 best at. When I was ten, I wrote out the instructions to create a cat sculpture using a cardboard tube and pipe cleaners!
Since then, I’ve gotten some slightly more impressive credentials :)

  • I’m a self-taught wire artist, since 1998, so I know what it’s like to struggle with a new technique or to work without special tools, and you’ll find workarounds in my tutorials.
  • Since nobody was teaching when I was learning, I had to invent something new every time I was solving a problem – so you’ll find many of my techniques are different from the usual!
  • I have a BA in English from CBU, so (hopefully) there aren’t any typos or grammatical errors that will confuse your learning. I’m also trained in educational pedagogy.
  • I was an instructor for an online private career college in Canada, writing course curriculum and providing tutorial assistance for online, adult learners since 1999, so I know where you might get lost – and how to avoid it!
  • You’ll find my tutorials have clear, concise, accurate instructions with photos for every step – even partial steps. I know how to teach you no matter how you learn best!
  • I make jewellery to sell – and I sell a lot of it – so many of my techniques are designed to efficiently put into production, leading to tutorial stages which you can easily follow.
  • That instructing I do? It’s for web and graphic design, so you’ll find a consistent, readable layout on every page, photos that draw your focus to the relevant step, and constant clues to keep your place – even if you forget to staple your printout and the whole thing falls apart!
  • In 2014, I was approached by f+w / Interweave to write a jewelry how-to book, based on my existing online offerings. After publishing in 2015, it has sold over 15,000 copies so far. In 2015, I published an online video class with Craftsy.com.

All of this is to reassure you that you can feel safe with me. I take your jewellery education seriously, and it is important to me that you can become comfortable with wire, clay, design, and – possibly the biggest thing – beauty in imperfection.

Free Video Tutorials:

Downloadable PDF Tutorials:

Visit Gayle Bird’s Craftsy Pattern Store »

 

 

tutoriallink-beachglassHow to Wire Wrap Beach Glass the Easy Way
(Streaming Video) (PDF Download) (Blog Post) FREE!
tutoriallink-twistedearringsHow to Make Wire-Wrapped Dangle Earrings in 8 Minutes or Less
(Streaming Video) FREE!
tutoriallink-ornamentsWire Christmas Tree Ornament
(Streaming Video) FREE!
Wrap with a 4-Strand Braid
(PDF Download) Free!
Ring TutorialThe Million-Ring Design
(PDF Download) $5
Simple Steps of Light Pendant (PDF Download) $1.98
Ring TutorialSparkling Aluminum Earrings (PDF Download) $3.49
Handmade Pendant Bail (PDF Download) $3
World’s Easiest Earrings (PDF Download) $3
Mosaic Bead Pendant (PDF Download) $4.50
Simple Twisted Earrings (PDF Download) $1.98
Spoonful of Ocean (PDF Download) $6
Steampunk Owl (PDF Download) $2
Handwoven Neck Wire (PDF Download) $5


193 Comments

  1. maanesha1

    beautiful, thankyou. i find sea glass regularly as i walk on the beach every day so now i can use their beauty other than in my plant pots for decoration.

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  3. Jerilyn Duefrene

    WOW, thank you so much for sharing this! I am a beginner, I have so much sea glass from many years of walking the beach. Now I want to make something from them. I was thinking wire wrapping. You made it look easy, I will be watching this video over and over while I try my first piece!!! Thank you again!

  4. Kim M Jones

    thank you so much for sharing. I just started wire wrapping Herkimer Diamonds found only in NY. I’m in Wisconsin . You have helped me so much. I wish you had a book published. I have purchased two books and neither one has taught me as much as your short videos. Thanks again.

  5. Julie Spiegel

    This was a wonderful tutorial! Thank you SO much for sharing your talents! I hadn’t seen a wrap done that way, and you’re absolutely right! It does look so much easier – can’t wait to try it!

  6. whippetchick

    I LOVE this tut!!! So simple and fast, but the results are beautiful!! I found the background noise to be a bit distracting, but it might be because I have a migraine. I used this method to wrap a chunk of green malachite, and used the extra wire to curl and attached peridot Swarovski beads. It was a gift for my SIL, and she loves it!!Many thanks!!

  7. Susan O'

    Thank you for the instructional video, I will give it a try, like most folks here I have a lot of sea glass with nothing to do with; now you have shown me a way to share my collection. Thank you.

  8. Kayla McElligott

    Thank you so much for making this tutorial. My little sister learned how to do this in Girl Scouts a few weeks ago but it always comes out sloppy and over wired. Thanks to your video, our pieces come out perfectly!

  9. jendb1234

    Best tutorial I’ve seen on how to wire wrap beach glass. It’s much easier to follow & stay focused without all the rambling in the background, your on screen memos are a smart way to convey the steps as you go. Would love to see more vids from you. Thank you!

  10. Janice Scott

    Excellent tutorials … thank you very much for sharing your skill. I’ve tried to do this many times with varying degrees of success and I can see from this demo, where I was going wrong. Thank you again.

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