Tuesday, September 30, 2008

New Tutorial! Wide Bail Pendant

Available in the tutorials section of my Etsy shop!

This tutorial teaches you how to make an extra wide bail for a pendant. These are great for pendants you want to put onto thick necklace cords, ribbon, or even Viking knit chains.

Please keep in mind that when making the neck cord, you must put the pendant on before finishing off the second end of the cord. Otherwise the end of the cord may not fit through the pendant.

This tutorial uses a simple briolette bead to show you how to make the bail. However, this technique can be used on any pendant with a frame that has two wires coming together to make the bail.

Skill Level:


Material List:

10" of 20 gauge wire (dead soft or half hard)
Approximately 7’ 28 gauge dead soft wire
1 medium sized briolette bead

Tool List:

Wire Cutters
Flat Nose Pliers
Needle File or Wire Rounder
Mandrel or other round object approximately 1/8" (3.5mm) in diameter

© Donna Spadafore, Gailavira Jewelry
You may use this tutorial to make jewelry for sale. If you do so, please link back to Gailavira Jewelry ( http://www.gailavira.com or http://gailavira.blogspot.com ) in the item description.

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Saturday, September 27, 2008

New Tutorial! Beaded Wire Cross Pendant

Available here: http://www.gailavira.com/tutorials
(scroll to the bottom of the page for free tutorials)

This tutorial teaches you to make a beautifully simple beaded cross pendant. The finished sized of the cross will be approximately 1" wide and 2" long.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Two New Tutorials!

I actually released these two tutorials last week. Can you believe I forgot to post it in my blog?

Twisty -Woven Bangle Bracelet Tutorial

This tutorial teaches you to make a playfully fun and flirty bangle bracelet.

Rosebud Earrings

This tutorial teaches you how to make a simple, but very beautiful, pair of earrings.

They are called “Rosebud” earrings because, with the briolette beads, they look like upside down rosebuds.

Both tutorials are available in my Etsy Shop!

p.s. I've lowered the prices on all my tutorials!

Friday, September 12, 2008

Please Excuse the Mess

Last spring I decided to start taking all my product photos on a black background with a purple rose. The pictures actually turned out great (really dramatic), but my sales dropped drastically. Of course, part of that drop is due to the season (summer is very slow for me anyway), but I'm sure another reason sales dropped is the photos. I have heard from several people lately that it is difficult to make out the details in the jewelry on such a dark background.

So, over the next week or two, I will be taking new photographs and updating all of my etsy listings. This means that while I am editing all my listings things will look a bit messy.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Supplies for Beginners

Since I have started selling tutorials I have received many e-mails asking me where to get supplies for suitable for making the items in my tutorials. It's great that so many people are wanting to learn to make wire jewelry now! However, for those just starting out, it can be difficult finding the right suppliers. These are a few of my favorite suppliers that I found when I first started making wire jewelry. Most of these places have very reasonable prices. Perfect for those of you who are just starting out, or who are doing this as a hobby.

Wire Suppliers

For craft wire, the best place I have found is http://www.widgetsupply.com. They carry 16, 20 and 26 guage wire in many colors. This wire is gret for learning on. It's inexpensive and easy to work with. JUst make sure you are getting the enameled copper wire (they also carry coated aluminum floral wire which does not work for jewelry).

For Silver Filled wire I used to go to http://www.thebeadfactory.com. Silver Filled wire is a tube of silver that has been filled with copper, then heat and pressure treated to create a stronger bond than that used for silver plated wire. It's a great way to get the look of sterling silver for a lot less and it lasts a lot longer than silver plate. This is what I used for all of my jewelry until I was making enough sales to be able to afford Sterling Silver wire on a permanent basis.

For Sterling Silver wire, I cannot say enough good things about http://www.monsterslayer.com. They carry great quality products at wonderful prices. Another good thing about them, is you can buy as much or as little wire as you need. They also carry Gold Filled wire.

For Brass and Copper http://www.monsterslayer.com has a great selection.

For Niobium (excellent for people with metal sensitivities), Titanium, Stainless Steel, and many other types of wire, I go to http://www.theringlord.com. They mostly cater to chainmaillers, so most of the wire is half hard or full hard. They do also carry dead soft craft wire in 19, 20, and 22 guage.


http://www.lottadisplays.com has pliers at very good prices. They aren't the best quality, but if you are not sure if this is something you want to keep doing, or if this is just a hobby, their economy priced pliers are a great way to go. I am actually still using some of the pliers I bought from here, and they've lasted quite a while.

http://www.monsterslayer.com has all kinds of tools in many different price ranges.


http://www.firemountaingems.com has a wide range of beads in all sorts and sizes. Their less expensive gemstone beads are not always uniform in size, but if you like the more organic looking pieces, like I do, they are perfect. They also have flat rate $5.00 shipping (for USA only) with a handling fee of $2.85.

There are also some great shops on Etsy that have lots of beads. I've often found excellent deals for really great stones there. One of my favorite Etsy sellers for beads is http://doubleddesign.etsy.com.

Another great Etsy shop for beads is http://thebeadyeye.etsy.com
Or you can click on the links below to go to a site wide search for each type of bead.

Gemstone Beads

Glass Beads

Metal Beads

Handmade Lampwork Beads

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Carry Me - Gemstone Point Cap Tutorial

I wanted a way to wrap gemstone point beads that didn't have the "been there, done that" feel to it. So, after playing around for a while I came up with this design.

The woven cap taught in this tutorial "carries" the stone in a beautiful, yet subtly graceful way.

As you can see from the last two photos, there are many ways to alter this tutorial to make your own, one of a kind, pendant.

This tutorial is available in the tutorials section of my Etsy shop.