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A Few More Video Tutorials

Things have been so crazy around here with the holidays coming up that I just can’t seem to get it all together sometimes. I did find time to do a few more videos, but being so scatterbrained lately, I completely forgot to update the blog to let you guys know about them.


Hope you guys enjoy them. 🙂

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New Video Tutorial: Woven Adjustable Wire Wrapped Ring

And… yep, you guessed it. More swirls. 🙂

This is a design I’ve been playing with for several years. In the video I teach a very basic version of it, but at the end there are some photos of other rings I have made using this base design as a starting point to give you some more inspiration. Hope you enjoy it.

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New Video Tutorial: Woven Swirls Wire Wrapped Ear Cuff

This has been one of my favorite ear cuff designs for a very long time, so I decided to do a video for it. In this lesson I’m showing only the basic design, but there are lots of ways to change it up a bit and make it your own. Just use your imagination and have fun with it. 🙂

5′ (1.5m) 28 gauge (.3mm) Dead Soft Round Wire
15″ (37.5cm) 20 gauge (.8mm) Round Wire
4.5″ (11.25cm) 24 gauge (.51mm) Round Wire
1 charm or small top drilled bead

Wire Cutters
Round Nose Pliers
Large Bail Making Pliers
Needle Nose Pliers
Paper and Pen or Pencil

If you’d prefer to watch this lesson on youtube, you can click through on the video, or just click here.

To see more of my videos, check out my youtube channel, Gailavira Jewelry. While you’re there, don’t forget to subscribe!

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New Video Tutorial: Swirly Wire Heart Pendant

It’s finally ready. This is the longest video I’ve ever done, and I probably will never do one this long again (it’s almost 2 hours long).

Not the greatest video quality. My recording set up is still a work in progress.

I’m also trying to work on getting more comfortable speaking on videos. So if I sound a little flaky at times, that’s why. I’ve never been good at talking for more than a few seconds at a time. Hopefully you guys can ignore all that stuff for now. 🙂

The four heart necklaces shown at the end of this video are currently available at

Find handmade polymer clay heart cabochons, and other jewelry supplies at

And don’t forget about the Fall Sale! All jewelry, supplies and tutorials are 10-20% off at all of my web-sites and Etsy shops.

51″ (1.30m) 20g (0.8mm) dead soft round wire
16.5′ (4.9m) 28g (0.3mm) dead soft round wire
1 Flat backed heart cabochon (the one used in this video is
approximately 35mm wide and 31mm long)

Wire flush cutters
Round nose pliers
4mm or 6mm mandrel or bail making pliers
Needle tool or small awl (a thick sewing needle may work)
Nylon jaw flat nose pliers (optional)

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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.

Terms and Conditions
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.

Although the winner will be given the tutorials for free, the copyright terms for premium (paid) tutorials still applies. Please see this page for more information:

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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.