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Process: Beach Glass Jewelry with Wildpen

Aug 13, 2009

by wildpen

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(Music by Eric Beug, animation by JuliaPott)

I have met a few cockatoos in my day, but on this day, in early June, I met Sunny and FlaxMan, two Umbrella Cockatoos who help run wildpen, an Etsy shop where they sell handmade (er… beak- and talon-made) gifts. Unfortunately, Hope, a Moluccan Cockatoo was out during the shoot, but she’s the third of three cockatoos that make up wildpen.

Sunny likes green sea glass. With her expert vision, and ability to see a 4th color channel, she can spot tiny pieces of glass darting about in the surf from a ways down the beach.

FlaxMan is mostly into a rock and roll lifestyle, but he takes breaks to work on wildpen. It helps to have a little Ani Difranco, Howling Wolf or PJ Harvey on the stereo to jumpstart his creative genius.

Hope is really into the mud masks. She loves mixing and testing personal batches on her feet. Since she couldn’t be in the video, we’ll indulge in one of her favorites:

Reviving Dead Sea Mud Mask Therapy

By wildpen, $11.95.

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Okay, so there is a fair share of (2) human hands involved, but if you buy from this shop, you can bet that a couple of rare birds had something to do with it.

I say rare, but Kate Haley, the birds’ human assistant, informed me during the shoot that thousands of  domestic parrots or varieties thereof find themselves without homes each year. Sunny, FlaxMan and Hope were all fortunate enough to by rescued by Kate and her husband who brought the birds into their home — a home that allows them to freely express themselves artistically. At the time this video was shot, the birds were donating a percentage of their earnings to charity and spending the rest on personal pleasures. Since the shooting of this video, Kate, Sunny, FlaxMan, and Hope have decided to donate 100% of the proceeds from wildpen to the shopper’s choice of one of two bird sanctuaries and rehabilitation centers, to help ensure that more birds like those of wildpen have a safe and fulfilling life.

I suspect that some lucky shopper will walk (or flap) away with the collectible piece that Sunny found and FlaxMan chose for a wrap in this Process Video Feature:

Flaxman’s Pendant from the Etsy Video

By wildpen, $22.

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Check out some of the other treasures that wildpen has to offer.


Copper, quartz bead and seaglass pendant

By wildpen, $20.

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Sea Glass and Garnet Pendant

By wildpen, $17.

View Item | View Shop Precise flow of copper

By wildpen, $18.

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Citrine and Sea Glass Pendant in Copper

By wildpen, $20.

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Some enthused cockatoos!


Umbrella Cockatoo A Scrabble Tile Pendant

By thegildedlily, $6.95.

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By wistfulfancy, $25.

View Item | View Shop ACEO Cockatoo  Painting Watercolor

By carlascreatures, $12.

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Elegant Lady Watercolor PRINT

By ellenmorrowarts, $5.

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Even if you don’t live near the water, you can still gaze into the mist of the foggy, rust-covered, mossy piers, like the one just outside of wildpen’s beachfront studio.


Foggy Pier

By schugirl, $20.

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Foggy Morning Pier 8×10 photo print

By kwmagnets, $10.

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The Three Stalwarts

By tnoble8238, $4.

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What Lies Beyond the Fog

By WestCoastEchoes, $2.95.

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If you’re looking for something a little more tangible, but still can’t make it to the beach, there are plenty of shops on Etsy where you can find raw beach glass. Sunny likes the green. It’s hard to determine FlaxMan’s favorite; he’s a wild card with an ever-changing artistic temperament.

Sea Beach Glass Flawless RARE Cobalt Blue

From westcoastseaglass, $26.

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Pure Natural Sea Glass Victorian Antique Glass

From TidelineDesigns, $18.

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SALE Genuine Sea Glass Pieces From SeaSideSupply, $15.

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From artbycandice, $9.

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Check out our other videos from the Process Series and see how things get done around here!

You might also like this seaglass post & the Etsy Pets series

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  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 12 years ago

    Cool items I love the feeling of glass thats been rounded off by the sea!

  • madebysam

    madebysam said 12 years ago

    OMG! lovely :)

  • MilkGlassVintage

    MilkGlassVintage said 12 years ago

    Whoa! Too cool!!! If only my poodles could pack & ship for me :P

  • BabbidgePatch

    BabbidgePatch said 12 years ago

    beautiful pieces, exceptional photos and cute cockatoo assistant! It's fun hunting for sea glass especially after a storm has passed through the area ~ Cathy from the coast of Maine

  • KnitStorm

    KnitStorm said 12 years ago

    Aww. Those birds are too cute.

  • seacucumbermama

    seacucumbermama said 12 years ago

    Big E, This is a wonderful video, great music and super story. How cool, how timely! I will be looking for beach glass next week.

  • MinceCo

    MinceCo said 12 years ago

    I love birds, especially parrots.. at first I thought it was an Australian Cockatoo coz i see them all the time as I live in oz. But no, it's a Moluccan, wow I've never heard of them but I googled and found that in their natural environment, these are listed as vulnerable. And for the glass, it is beautiful and too hard to resist picking it up off the beach..never thought of selling it though! ***I'm having a cracker of a sale starting this weekend***details to be on site soon***

  • okaysee

    okaysee said 12 years ago

    Love the birds rocking out at the end! Awesome vid.

  • satellitedaisy

    satellitedaisy said 12 years ago

    neither my dogs or my cats are much help...maybe i will get some birds instead...lovely story, beautiful pics....the pier photos are gorgeous!

  • Fairyfolk

    Fairyfolk said 12 years ago

    That's too funny... those birds! Very amusing look into the artistic process! Love it! Blessings and magic.

  • TheCottageCheese

    TheCottageCheese said 12 years ago

    This post is great! I used to work in a pet store, and worked to hand-tame big birds. They are really so intelligent. They are so much fun (and sometimes quite mischevious)!

  • Tidepools

    Tidepools said 12 years ago

    I need to get a cockatoo to find my sea glass! Awesome story!

  • TuscaloosaRoad

    TuscaloosaRoad said 12 years ago

    your U2s are so lucky! Sunny looks just like my 'baby' U2 Cukor (he's 8). OMG I just saw you live in HMB. I love it there. When my sis and I were little we used to play on the breakers at Princeton by the Sea while our dad would fish from the rocks.

  • SewCupcake

    SewCupcake said 12 years ago

    very crafty birds indeed!

  • beautifulbridget

    beautifulbridget said 12 years ago

    beautiful pieces!

  • GemmaBeads

    GemmaBeads said 12 years ago

    I love this! Beach glass is so fun to hunt for and so wonderful in jewelry. It has such an awesome feel and sound.

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry said 12 years ago

    That was a real treat to watch!

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage said 12 years ago

    and all i have is my boyfriend for a partner. maybe we should invest in some birds :)

  • SomewhatHip

    SomewhatHip said 12 years ago

    I love sea glass! Great post!

  • lizroca

    lizroca said 12 years ago


  • SeaFindDesigns

    SeaFindDesigns said 12 years ago

    Great post wildpen!!!

  • CloudCatDesigns

    CloudCatDesigns said 12 years ago

    Lucky birds to have someone who obviously cares very much about them. That was fun to watch!

  • cadreams

    cadreams said 12 years ago

    Great video! Beautiful birds!

  • katiearms

    katiearms said 12 years ago

    Awwww, such a great video! That trio is way too cute.

  • BagsOfaFeather

    BagsOfaFeather said 12 years ago

    I love this post and this shop! As a caretaker of 5 birds, and someone who is involved in avian welfare, I donate part of my shop profits to avian sanctuaries and rescues. It is wonderful to see this. And it is absolutely correct that parrots are happier when they have a "job" to do!

  • birdie1

    birdie1 said 12 years ago

    I love birds! Thank you.

  • FlanneryCrane

    FlanneryCrane said 12 years ago

    Beautiful Pieces/selections. Thanks for sharing...

  • stonz

    stonz said 12 years ago

    Wow. Who knew that birds could be that helpful!? Amazing...

  • DesertRainJewelry

    DesertRainJewelry said 12 years ago

    What a great video and beautiful helpers! I've had parrots all my life and they are wonderful and amusing companions. My Amazon is not as helpful as your Cockatoos though.:)

  • Slowshirts

    Slowshirts said 12 years ago

    holycrap. kate is my new favorite handmade-clip-tale-celebrity. nice work eric!

  • wildpen

    wildpen said 12 years ago

    I just wanted to say thanks to everyone. The cockatoos are DELIGHTED and you're all so sweet!

  • SnapdragonWorkshop

    SnapdragonWorkshop said 12 years ago

    Love the movie!! Amazing cockatoos!!!! I love birds

  • spacejam

    spacejam said 12 years ago

    beautiful colors!

  • steinschmuckdesign

    steinschmuckdesign said 12 years ago

    Absolutely Gorgeous! Thank you!

  • HeyChica

    HeyChica said 12 years ago

    Those birds are so sweet!

  • evihan

    evihan said 12 years ago

    superb collection:-)

  • krize

    krize said 12 years ago

    The cockatoos are so cute! Super sweet and beautiful video!

  • mvegan5

    mvegan5 said 12 years ago

    So fun and wonderful! Beautiful, adorable birdy assistants and love the recycled creations!

  • sandali

    sandali said 12 years ago

    AWESOME video -- very informative & I love your selected items -- great article !!! I LOVE it -- trigger happy days ;)

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 12 years ago

    Love the video ^^

  • PixelPanic

    PixelPanic said 12 years ago

    This is rad :D The cockatoos are extremely fun ^^ And thumbs up for donating a large percentage to charity!

  • WindandHoney

    WindandHoney said 12 years ago

    Very fun! Beautiful work

  • ArtisticDetour

    ArtisticDetour said 12 years ago

    What a fun video! The music is great too!

  • asundrynotion

    asundrynotion said 12 years ago

    Humble beach glass: imbued with beauty and mystery. I'd love to hear the stories Great Lakes beach glass could tell of when wooden ships plied their waters!

  • nanouke

    nanouke said 12 years ago

    This was amazing to watch!! Thank you so much for sharing and good luck to all the wildpen creators :)

  • shiphrah99

    shiphrah99 said 12 years ago

    Sooooo cute!!

  • twigsandheather

    twigsandheather said 12 years ago

    I love sea glass and making jewelry out of the pieces I find. It's really hard to part with some of the awesome colors I find. (purple, aqua and sometimes yellow and pink!)

  • littletank

    littletank said 12 years ago

    awww pretty bird <3

  • TheDancersSpirit

    TheDancersSpirit said 12 years ago

    i love sea glass, it is mysertious and holds the energy of the wonders of the sea. beautiful wildpen!

  • daniellexo

    daniellexo said 12 years ago

    What an entertaining video! Love these birds!

  • VixVintage

    VixVintage said 12 years ago

    The video was awesome, thanks, your birds are too cute.

  • DirtySanchez

    DirtySanchez said 12 years ago

    bahaa this is rad. it cracks me up to see her having these long, one-sided conversations with the birds; i do the same thing with mine... and probably crack up casual observers too.

  • SeeSueStitch

    SeeSueStitch said 12 years ago

    i absolutely loved watching this videos, the cockatoos, the process, and the fact that the proceeds are donated to rescue sanctuaries for this beautiful birds is so inspiring, thanks for posting this!!

  • wewillrockyou

    wewillrockyou said 12 years ago

    we love sea glass too! come see ours! :)

  • riorita

    riorita said 12 years ago

    I love cockatoos. Wish I had one, my cat wished I had one too!!(lol) I also love beach glass and some of my beach glass jewelry items can be found here on Etsy!

  • Bijoutiful

    Bijoutiful said 12 years ago

    What a great video! I especially loved seeing Flagstaff & Sunny rockin' out at the end. Now, I wonder if my dove might ever be interested in the jewelry-making process. She sure loves playing with Steve's ring! ;)

  • LisaFerinDesigns

    LisaFerinDesigns said 12 years ago

    What a great post/video as summer winds down. Cockatoos are wonderful birds!

  • dragonhouseofyuen

    dragonhouseofyuen said 12 years ago

    what a very touching video to watch. I congratulate the birds Sunny, Flaxman and Hope on their shop and charitible giving! One of the nicest Storque articles I have seen!

  • EndlessSunner

    EndlessSunner said 12 years ago

    How cute!

  • goodchunk

    goodchunk said 12 years ago

    ha! they're even cuter than I pictured them to be! I have bought some wildpen creations in the past. The quality is amazing, and the extra touches, divine. And it's sooooo good to hear that all the bucks are going to charity. Go WildPen!!!

  • coloryeah

    coloryeah said 12 years ago

    Great vibe!

  • RetroLane

    RetroLane said 12 years ago

    Great video!

  • Sammis2shoes

    Sammis2shoes said 12 years ago

    I loved this video! I am originally from Australia, so seeing those beautiful cockatoos made me smile. Be careful when you take them out though, the eagles might swoop wildpen! I did see a you tube video the other day where a hawk or eagle I believe, swooped on a zoo handler who was holding a cockatoo. Love the video though ! :O)

  • pinkbuffalo

    pinkbuffalo said 12 years ago

    What a great article! Cute cockatoos :) My mom is obsessed with beach glass, I can't wait to share this article with her.

  • SpiritedWoodland

    SpiritedWoodland said 12 years ago

    Couldn't help but smile while watching the video! Very cool.

  • TheArtOfJoy

    TheArtOfJoy said 12 years ago


  • babook

    babook said 12 years ago

    A little bit romantic of the Beach Glass Jewelry and picture !! There`re bit quiet It different with another post : )But also feeling nice here of the all item ,REALLY . My place Also hoping let you feel nice Thanks for your joying : )

  • Beadz2Pleaz

    Beadz2Pleaz said 12 years ago

    Such a lovely personal spin on being creative. Thanks for sharing that. I loved the video :)

  • 2littlewings

    2littlewings said 12 years ago

    darling! I watched it with my 3 parrots (2 conures and a red belly)

  • MeghanT

    MeghanT said 12 years ago

    I loved this video! The woman in this clip seems like a kindred spirit. I used to foster kittens from the humane society so I know all about the special bond you form with rescues. I adore animals and I have two Ragdoll cats that are my constant companions. Unfortunately don't don't help in my studio. They're good at hindering and that's about it. They are mesmerized by wire and I can not physically wire wrap anything without their interference. They now have to stay outside my studio, but I bought them their own wire which they love to drag around the house. These birds look amazing and are so happy. I think it's adorable that they are "helping" her. Hehehe. I laughed when she asked the bird to please give her the seaglass to wrap and he's like "Why?" Hehehe. So cute!

  • DoodleVintagePlus

    DoodleVintagePlus said 12 years ago

    Sea glass is amazingly beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

  • bogARTstudiogallery

    bogARTstudiogallery said 12 years ago

    What a wonderful story. i have to admit your birds stole the camera... what a nice friend you are... I am glad the birds are so happy... your story made my day! your glass is also really cool! Claudia.

  • atelierpompadour

    atelierpompadour said 12 years ago

    Wow! faboulous and helpful birds! wonderful story, wonderful place to live and work! that girl is so lucky!!.... today I try to teach something to my cat...but, no...she is too lazy!!

  • BizzieLizzie

    BizzieLizzie said 12 years ago

    WOW - amazing video! For anyone that has ever hunted sea glass - you know how lost you can get in the hunt! I don't seem to find a lot, but the hunt takes me away to never-never land. Vacation starts in a week - you'd better believe I'll be hunting again for little treasures! Enjoyed this article!

  • GreenTease

    GreenTease said 12 years ago

    Amazing scenery!!! How can you not be inspired!

  • NewelryJewelry

    NewelryJewelry said 12 years ago

    Beautiful scenery. Lovely birds. Very peaceful and happy.

  • bissylissy12

    bissylissy12 said 12 years ago

    I have never laughed so loud at cockertos. Great video and keep up the great work.

  • MonniebeanFolkart

    MonniebeanFolkart said 12 years ago

    I need to get my geese on the payroll! Loved this video!

  • konkokto

    konkokto said 11 years ago

    that´s why I love animals... what a lovely bird.

  • EklektikosByStar

    EklektikosByStar said 11 years ago

    Alas, I will not have bird friends on my arms and shoulders the next time I hit the beach; but, most certainly I will recall this inspirational video! NIcely done, and thanks so much!

  • SperanzaJewelry

    SperanzaJewelry said 11 years ago

    So glad I came across this video! Not only is it entertaining, but it's a testimony to the kind of joy we can create for ourselves with a "handmade life." Bravo!

  • rebeccascreations

    rebeccascreations said 11 years ago

    Hello there, I enjoyed watching your little video. Seeing the ocean and the birds and you making the glass made it a nice video to watch for people who do not live near an ocean. Very well done. ;o) Rebecca;)

  • exclusivebysojo

    exclusivebysojo said 11 years ago

    hi!!!! great video. i love your creations and the Cockatoos are just wonderful such smart creatures! love them. you take very good care of them. so cute when the bird said; 'why?' lol. keep up the good work. involving your beautiful cockatoos in your work and letting them help you makes all the difference, you stand out from the rest. sincerely; sojo

  • LillysWorkshop

    LillysWorkshop said 11 years ago

    Great video, my little cockatiels started reacting to the cockatoos!

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    cheaploosediamonds1 said 11 years ago

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  • museumshop

    museumshop said 11 years ago

    I love parrots and I make them on a leaf

  • ApacheMoon

    Verge 'n Nita from ApacheMoon said 8 years ago

    Wonderful! What a great cause!

  • Ellita

    Ella Averbukh from Ellita said 5 years ago


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