Thursday, August 16, 2018

New Tutorial Web-Site and Getting Back to Work Again

Yes, I know, it's been a while. I haven't put out a new tutorial in over a year. With so many things happening in my personal life over the past couple years, it's been hard for me to find the energy (or the time) to work on new designs. The bigger problem with that is, I'm really out of practice. It feels almost like I'm starting over and having to re-learn everything I thought I already knew. Well, I guess it's a good thing I wrote all those tutorials over the last 10 years. They're making it a lot easier for me to remember how to do the stuff I should already know how to do ;)

And, since I'm starting over again, I figured I'd also start with a new web-site. Well, for tutorials anyway. You can find it at

And now, the pretty stuff.

For the first one I combined techniques from 2 of my tutorials. The Odyssey Woven Bezel tutorial and the Cobra Head Bail tutorial. I wasn't quite sure how it would turn out with this swirling green and gold cabochon that I had made. I was afraid it would be too busy. I'm kind of glad I decided to go for it anyway. It turned out better than I had expected.

For this one, I used the Odyssey Woven Bezel tutorial, but instead of making the spiral at the top, I twisted the wires and made them an extra accent on the bail. I figured it was better to keep the wirework simple on this one so it didn't overshadow the handmade face cabochon.

I made both of the cabochon that I used in these pendants. You can find more of my handmade supplies at Wire and Bead Supplies on Etsy.

If you would like to purchase either of these necklace, you can find them both at Shut Up and Cuff Me on Etsy.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

New Tutorial Website = Time for a Giveaway!

Would you like to win the FULL collection of premium tutorials from WireJewelryTutorials by Gailavira?
If you answer to that question is yes, here's your chance! Well, 2 chances actually.

Not All Tutorials are shown in this image.

If you would like to see all the tutorials you will win, check them all out at

And, finally, here are your 2 chances to win. You can enter either one, or you can enter them both.
One at the Wire Jewelry Tutorials blog  
One on the Gailavira Jewelry Fan Page on Facebook

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
10% off at
10% off at
15% off at

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.