Category Archive for ‘Beachcombing’ at Gayle Bird Designs

By: Gayle Bird  09-12-2011

I had a beautiful time on the beach with my love on Saturday. We only got a smidge burned, we had a ridiculous amount of fun, and I found my first, one and only, true piece of RED BEACH GLASS! Holy smokes! They say for every 5000 pieces of glass, only one is red. And there it was! Jewellery-sized and staring me in the face!

I also found three marbles including a black one and a yellow on e, two real live yellow pieces (also extremely rare) (one may or may not be pottery or plastic), a piece of lavendar/pink which is really old, and a whole pile of blue and aqua. Squee!

Check it out:

The tiny raspberry-looking piece was in my bag from our aborted trip to Kennington Cove. It’s not genuine beach glass as I found it on the road – so it could be called dirt glass, I suppose. It’s still rounded and pretty.

Also, I now have enough colours to do one of these!

AND I just got some jewellery glue and used it to attach the itty bitty teeeeeeeny weeny blue pieces that I’ve been finding to larger white pieces, and they’re turning out quite well (no photos until the finished pieces are ready).

I’m also on a continual hunt for the perfect lighting conditions for photos. For this I was using Laird’s stupid ultra cool camera. I didn’t put it in the light box because I was just playing around, and I figured it was bright enough from the window. I laid everything out first on a new gray fabric I just got for trying this sort of thing, and then on a super-bright white piece of bristol board. Surprisingly (sort of), the gray is much better.

The white throws off the camera’s white balance or levels or something. Quite annoying! I’ll have to re-line the inside of my photo box. Or something. The quest continues!


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Category Archive for ‘Commissions’ at Gayle Bird Designs

Next, I’ll take and show you some photos of a few lower-end pieces I made to bring to the flea market in order to make some cash to get my wisdom teeth out (still recovering, ouch). These are things you’ll never see at my shows or galleries – but trust me, my gallery work is much more elaborate and fun. I found my earring sales went up when I reduced the number on the table/stands. Also, people LOVED the loose agate slices, centre.


09-12-2011

Category Archive for ‘Asides’ at Gayle Bird Designs

The beach glass one is all finished, but I think I’ll continue with my original plan and create a template to print out for the gemstones, and glue the actual stones to cardstock – I also really want to write a sentence or so for each, although that may be too ambitious right now.


09-12-2011

Category Archive for ‘In Development’ at Gayle Bird Designs

That huge amber-orange piece I was lucky enough to find myself, but the two red/orange art glass pieces were found on different days by different people. My future mother-in-law and my friends all love to hunt for beach glass and have been bringing me the most delightful finds. It’s completely re-energizing to stand on that beach, look across into infinity and just breathe in the salt air.


09-12-2011

Category Archive for ‘Previews’ at Gayle Bird Designs

In other news, about a month ago I was building flat, round, upholstered display discs and in so doing, I think I over-used the duct tape and strained a tendon in my right index finger. In the midst of unbelievable chaos, I managed to complete a last-minute batch of steampunk flower pendants before the CBCCD show in 4 days. It could also have been the heavy wire-work I was doing for ornaments and neckwires.


09-12-2011

Category Archive for ‘Craft Shows & Galleries’ at Gayle Bird Designs

My coal pendants just about sold out – I ended up making about half a dozen more throughout the show, but at least a dozen sold and from what I hear, they’re traveling all over the globe to ex-patriates. Getting to the third floor was literally painless, as they had hired/recruited two guys to help us load the elevator with dollies and our own time slot; and the reverse process was just the same.