Thursday, May 31, 2018

Has it Really Been Almost a Year Since My Last Blog Entry?

Wow! Time really does fly, doesn't it?

After taking a bit of a break over the winter I'm finally getting around to doing some more wirework. It's weird though, how even a short break can sometimes make you feel like you have to start over from the beginning. After doing a few quick and simple pieces I decided to just jump back into the deep end again and do something a bit more complex.

Raw Quartz crystal point, with deep purple Amethyst and dark red Garnets, wrapped in sterling silver and copper.

For more information on this piece, click here to check it out on Etsy.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

New! Advanced Wire Weaving Tutorial - Plus a Chance to win it for free!

New! Advanced Wire Weaving Tutorial!
6 Advanced Wire Weaving Styles for Making Wire Jewelry

Get it on Craftsy here:…/patt…/advanced-wire-weaving/501746
Or get it on Etsy here:

This tutorial teaches you 6 different weaves for the intermediate and advanced wire weaver.

*Stitched Weave *
*Zig Zag Overlay Weave*
*Double Ladder Weave
*Brick Stitch Weave
*Grooved Bezel Weave
*Archer's Weave

For the stitched weave and zig zag overlay weave, there are similar tutorials by other teachers, however, those tutorials use a different method of achieving the same look. The weaves in this lesson are created by integrating the patterns into weave as you create the base weave. The other methods of achieving this look are done by adding an extra wire or two after creating the base weave (sort of like embroidering onto an existing woven piece). By integrating the pattern into the base weave using the same weaving wire, you are able to get a neater, cleaner look, as well as having fewer wire ends to hide inside the finished project.

Would you like a chance to win the new tutorial, plus your choice of one other tutorial from If so, check out the giveaway on facebook!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Summer Sale at all Gailavira Jewelry Etsy Shops! Plus an Earring Giveaway

The summer sale is in full swing at all of my Etsy shops. Save 10-40% (depending on which shop) off all items, including clearance items!

40% off at
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Don't forget to enter the Earring Giveaway at the Gailavira Jewelry Facebook Page.

See this facebook post to enter -

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Tutorial Giveaway on the Gailavira Jewelry Facebook Page

I'm having a giveaway this week on my Facebook page. The winner will receive the full collection of tutorials from

To enter the giveaway, Click Here

Friday, October 7, 2016

Tutorial Giveaway! Win 3 Wire Jewelry Tutorials from Gailavira Jewelry!

Enter here to win 3 free wire jewelry tutorials from Gailavira Jewelry!

To enter just use the widget below. There are several ways to enter. You can enter using whichever method you choose, or you can enter using all of the methods. It's up to you. If you use more methods you use, the more entries you get!


Enter the giveaway by performing the actions found within the giveaway widget. Each action will give you 1 or more entries, depending on the action.

This giveaway is open to all countries.

There will be 2 winners drawn at the end of this giveaway.

The winners of this giveaway will each receive their choice of 3 wire jewelry tutorials from (excluding the Full Tutorial Collection).

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Jewelry Supply Destash, and a New Supply Store on Etsy

First off, I have a bunch of jewelry supplies I'm de-stashing on facebook. You'll find jewelry supplies, gemstones, cabochons, crystal points, focal beads, coral, rhyolite, ruby in fuchsite, jasper, ammonites, swarovski prisms, rainbow druzy and more.

Next up, new supply store on Etsy. This is where I'll be posting my hand painted glass dragon eyes, a few other de-stash items, and some textured wire when I finally get around to moving my rolling mill upstairs.

And now, some coupon codes!

These coupon codes will be valid permanently, unless there is another sale that exceeds the discount of the of coupon. During those sales, the coupons will be deactivated, but will be reactivated once the sale is over.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Dragon Eyes!

I found a great video on youtube for painting dragon eyes and now I can't seem to stop making them.

The person who made the video is using nail polish to paint with. But I had to experiment with acrylic paints too. The eyes on the left are all done with acrylic paint. The ones on the right are painted with nail polish. I love the look of the nail polish. Especially the ones with the metallic colors.

The acrylic painted eyes have a much different look to them. The technique in the video didn't seem to work as well for me with the acrylic paints, so I had to play around to see what would work. Dry brushing the acrylic paint onto the glass seemed to give a better effect. I also tried using an old mascara brush for one of them, which also created a unique look.

The eye standing up in the back of the photo above is a mix of techniques. I used nail polish for the pupil, and to put some barely there gold and silver accents around the pupil. The rest of the color was done with colored pencils on paper, glued to the back with ModPodge Dimensional Magic (MPDM). The thin layer of MPDM between the nail polish and the paper seems to give it an interesting layered look. Now I'm wondering how well it would work to put a thin layer of MPDM in between layers of acrylic paint to create more depth, and to give the eyes more highlights and shadows.

I've already wrapped two of my favorites onto a couple of donut pendants. The Purple one is on a large Lepidolite donut. The green dragon eye is wrapped onto a shimmering gray Hematite donut. Both are available at Shut Up and Cuff Me.

Now I need to get some enamel paint to see how well that works. Oh, and I guess I better put more glass cabs on my shopping list too. I'm almost out of them thanks to the video I found. ;)

You can find the video HERE.

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.