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Grand Re-Opening Giveaway!

To celebrate the fact that I finally got around to redoing this web-site (which I’ve only been planning for almost a year now, lol) I decided to have a giveaway. So, here’s how it goes. Enter the giveaway using the rafflecopter widget below and whoever wins gets the FULL COLLECTION of tutorials from the web-site.

You can increase your odds of winning by doing each action on the widget. You can also come back every day to get another entry.

Giveaway ends on Tuesday, August 7th, 2018 at 11:59pm ET. The winner will be announced on Wednesday, August 8th, 2018.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Still want to increase your odds of winning? I’m also holding a giveaway on Facebook. Check out the Gailavira Jewelry Fan Page to enter.

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Giveaway is open to anyone who lives on planet Earth.

All entries will be verified for validity before the final drawing. If the action corresponding to the entry was not committed, the entry will be deleted.

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Getting Back to Work

Ok, so the web-site is up and running, now it’s time to get back to the fun stuff…er… work. Yeah, that’s right.. that’s what I meant. “Work”. 😉

While I was rewriting the descriptions for the tutorials so I could list them here, I realized that, for a lot of these designs, I hadn’t played around with them in a really long time. So I decided that I would start working from some of my own tutorials again and see what variations I can come up with. First up, my Odyssey – Woven Bezel for a Cabochon Tutorial

For this one I kept it pretty much true to the tutorial, except for one thing. I didn’t want the spiral that is at the bottom of the bail for the original design to cover up the detail on the face. Instead of making the spiral, I twisted both front wires together and pressed them against the bail, securing it in the back.

For this next one, I combined my Woven Bezel Tutorial with my Cobra Head Bail Pendant Tutorial

Because there are two sets of wires at the top of the pendant to work with, the basic woven bezel design lends itself very well to layered bails. For this one I decided to take advantage of that and not only layer it, but make a Cobra Head Bail as well. Instead of bringing the weave all the way to the front like in the Cobra Head Bail tutorial, I secured them to the woven bezel in a subtle wavy pattern, ending with asymmetrical swirls. I also changed up the weave a little bit so that it was a little less dense. This way you can see the green from the edge of the cabochon through the weave. It also helps to accentuate the mixed metals look I was going for, since you can see the gold colored frame wire behind the silver colored weaving wire.

This wasn’t the first time I’ve combined the two tutorials. I made the one below several years ago. I just forgot about it until after I made the new one.

For this one, I kept the denser weave. I felt it created a better frame for such a dark stone. I also kept the swirls on the sides symmetrical.

And now for the obligatory shameless self promotion stuff…yeah, you didn’t think you’d get away from it that easy did you?

If you’re here, I’m guessing you already know where to get the tutorials. Just click the links above each set of photos for the tutorials I talk about here. Or click on the “Shop” button above the blog post (in the black header bar) to see more tutorials.

Interested in the polymer clay cabochons I used for the first 2 pendants? I’m considering posting some of them for sale in the shop here on this web-site, but I haven’t decided yet. Until I do decide, you can find whatever I have available for now in one of my etsy shops, WireAndBeadSupplies

If you would like to purchase either of the first two necklaces shown here, you can find them at Shut Up And Cuff Me
You can find the Green, Silver and Gold Necklace here.
And you can find the Silver and Blue Face Necklace here.

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Up and Running Again!

Up and running again. And this time it only took a couple of days. Hmm… sometimes I even surprise myself. 😉

I do still have a few things to work on. The free tutorials aren’t up yet (but you can find the link to them on my other blog at the bottom of every page on this site). I hope to have all of those moved here within a couple of days. I’ll probably make a few minor design changes here and there too. But all of the tutorials for sale are up in the shop, and everything seems to be running smoothly. Now, here’s hoping I didn’t just jinx it by saying that. 🙂

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Making Changes!

I’m in the process of changing things up here a bit. I’ll have all the tutorials up here again soon. Until then, you can still purchase tutorials directly from my Gumroad profile, Craftsy or from my Etsy shops (links below). I plan to have everything up and running here again soon. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Wire Jewelry Tutorials on Gumroad
Wire Jewelry Tutorials on Craftsy
Wire Jewelry Tutorials on Etsy