Artisan jewelry and beads

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Artisan jewelry and beads

2927 Sales

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hello there
thanks for popping in
I am rey
I live in the highlands of scotland on the isle of skye.
I come from a fine art background
swapped paints and brushes for dyes and carders working with textiles for a decade and in the autumn of 2012 I started to play with clay..then to paint..then the two inevitably merged and i now seem to be taken by storm by the enjoyment of it.

Below i have out lined some aspects of my studio process:

the porcelain phase:
I hand shape, imprint, emboss and carve the porcelain clay at different stages of the drying process,
then I high-fire them in my kiln to 1260 degrees Celsius.
Porcelain is the strongest of the ceramics and i find it enables me to create these very fine forms and intricate details, yet remaining strong.

the colour phase:
I prepare my own blend of waxes resins pigments mulled from the raw materials.I am continually experimenting and fine tuning my recipes .
there are several phases to this process steeping dammer resin over a few days, melting beeswax , mulling and grinding pigments in cold pressed linseed oil, mixing and adding other light refracting materials such as mica metals and silk. then adding other agents according to the needs of the painting to slow down or speed up the drying time, or turn the paste into glaze or impasto..

the painting phase:
now I have my ceramic shapes and my colours sorted.. I can start painting
this again is in stages allowing for drying times sometimes as long as a few weeks in between layers and buffing in between.
blending these deliciously deep and rich pigments and applying them in successive layers as I would on my canvas with oil paints,
Applying and erasing the colours
sometimes pasted on , sometimes in translucent glaze layers
I use my fingers,, a selection of different cloths,
paint and tooth brushes and anything at hand that might make just the right mark.
I just keep going till they feel right and alive and like 'they have always been there'.

the sealing phase:
After an extended curing time i mix up my own recipe for sealing enhancing protecting and polishing and proceed to hand brush cure and polish each bead several times till i reach the finish suited to the bead.. it can vary between mat and a high polish..the high polish is a new aspect for me as i have never been a fan of glossy..but due to the ingrediants and slow building technique i use i have discovered i can have a high polish that doesn't have the plastic look of comercial varnish I'm quite excited by this right now..i suppose you can compare the difference between a varnished wood and french polished is tacky glossy and plastic..the other glows from within with a warm soft velvety finish.

twines and fibres in my jewellery:
the twine i use in my jewellery is a fine belgian wet spun flax thread which i hand dye and waxed by a rather laborious series of manipulations working just 12-15 inches at a time, i love the result..a twine that knots sews wraps smells works and looks like none other I have come across.
the fibres i hand dye and either work into the piece as is or spin it into thread to use.
a lot of tiny stitching throughout secure and sculpt the shapes.

Out and about:
An essential part of my process is to walk daily with my faithful hounds sam and sunny through the landscape and just let it all soak in.
When i get back to my studio, I work intuitively with no preconception.
there is always a sense of excitement.
If it were to stop being so, I would move on to another form of expression.

I work a tremendous amount of hours
somewhere between two and three full time jobs worth a week..
and I adore doing what I do..its an integral part of my life and who I am.
I am so astonished and grateful that so many of you enjoy peeking or even wearing and enable me to commit myself fully to my craft.
thank you!
thank you!
thank you!

Shop members

  • rey

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    live on the isle of skye

Shop policies

Last updated on May 26, 2018
A warm welcome to greybirdstudio..
Thankyou for popping into my policies page..
hopefully you will find here some useful information on how greybirdstudio functions.
I've tried to compile a few of your most common questions, and answer them.

"Could you convo me when you list?"
The good news is YES
To receive an email notification of new available listings you can follow this link to sign up to my mailing list.
you will receive an email shortly before the listing goes live on the shop, and from time to time some bits of process or inspirations..nothing to clog up your inboxes
Please if you are having trouble with the link do contact me with your name and email address and i shall be happy to add you manually

"Do you take custom orders?"
i do not take custom orders for jewellery, beads or yarns.
as much as i do love to say yes I'm afraid i really can make no exceptions .
I am just two hands and a wee bipolar brain
Thank you for your understanding.

contact reply times:
I really struggle to keep up with growing number of wonderful emails and convos I receive from you all..I often receive hundreds per please bare with me I shall get to you just as fast as I can..but there may be some truly hefty delays.
thank you for your patience with me..

Accepted payment methods

Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
  • Other Method
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 21 days of delivery
I don't accept exchanges or cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Returns and exchange details
I am prepared to refund you (minus postage) if you are not satisfied with the quality of your purchase.
I however cannot be held responsible for postal losses.
my payment options are :
- paypal
- Etsy direct checkout,
these are safest for both you and me.

"Do you offer payment plans?"
I am happy to offer you instalment payments for more munchable chunks
there is no extra charge for this service.
The total cost can be divided up into 2 or 3 weekly fortnightly or monthly payments.
with a maximum payment time of 12 weeks.
the first instalment will be due within the first 48 hrs.

please when you contact me to request a payment plan help me out
by stating clearly
- how many payments 2 or 3
-if you want to make them weekly fortnightly or monthly
and be sure that you are prepared to pay the first instalment within 48hrs.

Failure to meet the payment dates will result in the cancellation of the plan and all payments are non refundable. this is a commitment between us, I appreciate your cooperation.

I will send out your item once all payments are complete.
I hope this helps..
all jewellery and beads are posted tracked and signed for..the most secure option available to me.


I aim to ship orders within 5 days but sometimes it may take up to 2 week as I live out in the sticks and away from a post let me know if it is urgent and I shall do my best to accommodate you.

Once i've posted it Royal Mail "aim" to deliver overseas within 5-7 WORKING days and more often than not this is the case..
HOWEVER occasionally it can take up to 8 WEEKS..
This is completely out of my hands
I keep a record of proof of posting, and tracking numbers.
I cannot be responsible for delivery times, or customs issues..
Or be responsible for postal losses.
Additional policies and FAQs
Photos and Colours:
I endeavour to represent each item to its most faithful reproduction..
I edit each photograph to ensure that it is always a perfect colour match on MY screen however..screens may see more or less contrast light or colour..
Therefore you may find there are slight colour differences in the pieces you far i am happy to report that i have often heard back that they are better in person..

Also because of the nature of the layers of colour in my beads you will find they will look like different colours in different lights..some may prance between green and orange reacting to the light and the colours it is around..
I personally like this about them for i see this happen in nature and peoples eyes all the time and the hebrides are particularly renown for this ..something scientific to do with the air pressure or angle of light rays..or something i do not care to understand..I"ll just enjoy the mystery of it..

For occasional use a gentle polish with a damp cloth will suffice..
The finishing techniques used on these beads need gentler care than traditional ceramic glazes...for very frequent use think of them as a trusty pair of leather boots rather than a pair of rubber be looked after and polished with a soft wax
( I like and recommend the annie alone soft wax although I am currently working on my own blend ) to keep them perfectly protected ..

I keep the pricing of each piece in keeping with it's production, time and materials.

Greybirdstudio is my households sole livelihood so of course I need to make sure I have a living wage at the end of the month.
I feel very honoured and love to be able to do what I love and survive thank you for your custom, pleasure and support that never ceases to astound and touch me.

thank you