Friday, April 15, 2016

One more try...

Another try at the heady style wire wrap on a crystal point. I'm not entirely happy with how this one turned out, but I guess it's a good learning experience. The front is mostly OK, but the spirals at the bottom are slightly off, which made the spirals on the sides even more off (one is higher than the other). The back also looks a bit sloppy, but I didn't want to add too much more to it to cover it up. Not sure if I'll leave it as is and sell it at a discount, take it apart to use the stones for another piece, or something else. Or maybe I should use it for a giveaway?











Wednesday, March 30, 2016

A Few New Pieces




This one is definitely my favorite from this week's batch of new pieces. It's another new weave I've been playing with. I've seen similar done using a second wire for the "stitching", but I wanted to see if I could do it all with only one wire, creating the stitching as I worked the weave.





Many of you who have been following my work for a while know that this is a style I have attempted to do many times over the last few years. If you know that, you'll also know that I generally don't do very well at it. This piece turned out much better than I expected.

Instead of worrying about how to do all the weaving first, I decided to make sure the stone was secure as the first step. Then, filling it in was easy. I wish I had thought of it that way a few years ago. ;)





I've had this huge Denim Lapis donut laying around for years. I wanted to wrap it, but I didn't want to do anything that would detract from the beauty of it. I finally decided on a very simple woven bail for it. Except, instead of a plain weave, like I usually do for this type of bail, I decided to use the ZigZag Overlay weave I started playing with a couple years ago. I haven't had much time to play with that one and I've received a lot of tutorial requests for it. I figured I should practice it a little bit before I decide if I want to teach it, or how to teach it.





This is another design I've had a lot of tutorial requests for over the last couple years. So, now that I have more time, I'm working on trying to remember exactly how I did it. That's a lot easier to do when a design is still fresh in your mind. I think I finally have it figured out though. And I really like the way this one turned out, with the contrast between the bright yellow Calcite and the tiny dark red Garnets with the darkened sterling silver wire.





This one isn't actually new. I made it a couple years ago and listed it in my GoddessReturn shop on Etsy. Now that that shop is closing, I'm moving whatever doesn't sell before it expires into two of my other shops. Since I had to take new photos of it anyway, I decided to oxidize it before listing it. I'm really glad I did too. It just seems to add a whole new dimension to the piece that it was lacking before.

When I made this one, I didn't really think it would turn out well enough to sell. It was really just an experiment with herringbone weave. I wanted to see if I could do a woven herringbone weave around a crystal point. I just love it when and experiment works out so well.


All of these pieces are available in my shop on Etsy, Gailavira Jewelry.

And don't forget, I'm having a Spring Sale! Click HERE for details.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Spring Sale at Gailavira Jewelry!


Spring Sale at Gailavira Jewelry.

35% off all items at Gailavira Jewelry
10% off all items at Shut Up and Cuff Me
10% off all items at My Etsy Tutorial Shop

And don't forget the Going out of Business Sale at GoddessReturn!
60% off all items at GoddessReturn.com

Friday, March 18, 2016

Time to Play Again

For the last couple years things have been so crazy around here that I haven't had much time to just play with wire and see what I come up with. I've been so busy running my ear cuff shop, along with another side project, that my main jewelry shop and my tutorial shop have fallen by the wayside. Now that I have decided to close the other "side project" shop, I have more time to play. This week, my play time led me to making rings.



Yep, I know. Prong rings have been done before. Just, not by me. I figured it was time I decided to play around with them. Even if I never make another one, it's probably a good skill to have. The uniquely curved prongs on this one, though I love them, were a total accident. I measured the wires and cut them so that the prongs would be just at the top edge of the stone. Just enough to hold it in. Then I decided I wanted to hammer them. I forgot to take the amount of "spread" hammering would cause into account. So I ended up with prongs that were much too long. Instead of cutting and filing them again, and risk measuring wrong, I decided to curve them. It's not what I was originally intending to do, but it does give the ring a unique look.







Once I got the basic prong setting down (sort of) the next logical thing was to add some more woven wire. Let's face it. It's what I do. I weave with wire. I'm not really sure I know how to do much else. ;) And, since I didn't want to leave the tips just plain, I made spirals out of the prongs.




And then, of course, once you start weaving, you have to add beads, right? Out of all the rings I made using the basic prong setting as the starting point, I think this one is my favorite.





And, since I can't do prongs all the time, I had to make one with a whole lot of woven wire around the stone. You know, just because.

All of these rings are available for purchase at http://www.GailaviraJewelry.com.

Oh, and you know that little side project I mentioned earlier that's going out of business? There is still a handful of pieces left. All items have been marked down to 60% off the original price. Go to http://www.GoddessReturn.com to check it out!

Friday, March 4, 2016

Cobra Head Bail Pendant Tutorial

Finally! After way too much time procrastinating I have finally completed the Cobra Head Bail Pendant Tutorial.


In this lesson I will teach you how to make a pendant with a bail that resembles the head of a cobra. This design works well on many types of focal beads, but it looks particularly striking on crystal prisms.

The instructions show a version with a very simple weave for the front piece of the bail. However, if you prefer, you can use different weaves for the front piece to create different looks for each pendant you make. You can even twist the wire instead of weaving, or simply add beads to the weave. Because of the layering effect of the bail, this design also works well if you are going for a mixed metal look.

The prism used in this lesson is 11mm wide and 38mm long. You can use other sizes, but if you use a larger focal, you will need to start with more wire to compensate for the size. The photos show a focal that is drilled from side to side, however, it is easy to modify this design for a front drilled focal as well.

You can find this tutorial on my web-site, http://www.WireJewelryTutorials.com

All of the pendants below are variations of the base design used in the tutorial. Once you master the basic construction of the bail, it becomes easy to see how to add it to other shapes of pendants. Including border wraps around cabochons and un-drilled crystal points. The only limit to the use of this design is your own imagination.



















Friday, November 27, 2015

Holiday Sale, Going Out of Business Sale, and a Giveaway!

First up, the Holiday Sale:

Black Friday through Cyber Monday... and a week or two after that.

40% off at http://www.GailaviraJewelry.com
30% off at http://www.GoddessReturn.com
15% off at http://www.ShutUpAndCuffMe.com

All prices are already reduced. No coupon code needed.

Next up, one of my shops is going out of business. I'll be closing my Goddess Return shop so I can concentrate more on my other lines. That means that on top of 30% off holiday sale at http://www.GoddessReturn.com you can use the coupon code 20off to get an extra 20% off of the listed prices.This coupon code can only be used at http://www.GoddessReturn.com . This will be a permanent discount code that can be used at any time until the shop is closed. But if you use it now, on top of the 30% off sale, you'll be getting some really great deals!

And now for the giveaway!

I'm giving away a Copper and Blue Chalk Turquoise Necklace (shown below) this week on facebook. This is the last day to enter. See more details here: https://goo.gl/3tzVxv

Jewelry Giveaway!This week's giveaway is for a Copper and Blue Chalk Turquoise Necklace! All you have to do to enter...

Posted by Gailavira Jewelry on Monday, November 23, 2015

Friday, September 18, 2015

My First Video Tutorial - Twisted Wire Wrapped Crystal Point

My first real attempt at a video tutorial.

Every time I show a drilled crystal point I've wrapped on facebook or deviantart, I get lots of people asking how to wrap undrilled crystal points. This is just one, very simple, way that I do them. There are lots of other styles you can do as well, but since this was my first attempt at a video tutorial, I thought simple was probably best.

I'm still trying figure out the best way to shoot video tutorials, so please try to excuse the couple spots in the video where the work is a little out of focus, or the few seconds where I accidentally moved out of the frame. I promise to try a little harder on the next one. ;)


For more tutorials (PDF) go to my website at http://tutorial.gailavira.com , or check out my tutorial shop on Etsy. http://gailaviratutorials.etsy.com (EU customer will only be able to place orders through Etsy)

If you prefer to watch this on youtube, you can find it here:
https://youtu.be/k3jjjmXPMLw

For this project I used a crystal point that is 31mm long and 8mm wide, About 20" (51cm) of 20g (.8mm) dead soft round wire, and about 6" (15.2cm) of 18g (1mm) round dead soft wire. If you use a larger crystal point, you will need to start with a longer piece of 20g wire, but the amount of 18g wire will be the same.



Saturday, September 12, 2015

How to Put On Ear Cuffs, Elf Ears and other Ear Wraps

People are always asking me how to put on ear cuffs and ear wraps, so I decided to do a quick video for you. Sorry it isn't narrated. I have a cold and am not speaking too clearly right now.

For the first type of ear cuff, stretch the ear slightly at the top, then put the opening in the cuff over the upper edge of your ear, then gently bring the cuff down, while rotating it into place.

For the elf ears, as well as the other type of wrap shown below, use your finger to hold the back and front wires open near the bottom, and slide the wrap over the top front of your ear. Sort of like sliding a bobby pin into your hair. Then keep sliding the wrap over the edge of your ear until it is in place.

I've seen a number of people say to bend the cuff or the back wire of an ear wrap to open it, then squeeze it closed when it is on your ear. Please don't ever do it that way! Every time you bend a piece of metal it stresses the area at and around the bend. After doing it too many times, the metal will become brittle and break. Following the instructions above, as illustrated in the video, will help your ear cuffs, elf ears and ear wraps last much longer.

You can find lots of styles of ear cuffs and wraps at Shut Up And Cuff Me

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Free Swirly Adjustable Ring Tutorial



I wrote this tutorial a couple years ago for Wirework Magazine, and now I've decided to offer it for free here on my blog. Using this lesson you will learn how to make a beautiful, graceful ring full of swirls and spirals using basic wire wrapping techniques. You can find the tutorial here on my Free Jewelry Project Tutorials page.




Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Lapis Heart and Sterling Silver Bracelet


This one was a custom order for a friend. It was a hard one for me to figure out. She wanted ornate, frilly wirework, but I needed to be sure the stone was fully supported on the back. Lapis is a soft stone and I worried that, if it wasn't covered properly on the back that it would break on a bracelet. My solution was to use sterling sheet for a backplate and solder the wires for the cuff onto the back of the backplate. I drilled holes into the sheet to use for the netted bezel.