Category Archive for ‘Previews’ at Gayle Bird Designs

By: Gayle Bird  09-12-2011

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!

I especially love the one with the red/orange leather, below:

I had to make some more because I nearly sold out at my last show! These things go very fast.

I was tucked in behind the table at the C200 show and it was fun watching jaws drop from my nearly-hidden vantage point.

I started playing with sheet metal – copper and aluminum – shaped, hammered and hole-punched as a basis for the flowers. It’s working pretty great! You can see it on the left, above, and in the middle, below.

In other news, about a month ago I was building flat, round, upholstered display discs (see turquoise, above!) and in so doing, I think I over-used the duct tape and strained a tendon in my right index finger. It could also have been the heavy wire-work I was doing for ornaments and neckwires.

In any case, working was painful and it seemed the best thing was to rest the finger. So aside from my day job, I’ve been avoiding using that hand for four or five weeks now. Getting back to the bench and being able to create again was a relief! It’s still a little stiff but I couldn’t help myself.

I hope to get a few brooches done before the show, but it is hard to say if I will have the time.

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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.


Category Archive for ‘Beachcombing’ at Gayle Bird Designs

I also found three marbles including a black one and a yellow on e, two real live yellow pieces, a piece of lavendar/pink which is really old, and a whole pile of blue and aqua. 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.


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.


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.


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.