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Be Inspired by Jewelry Beading Patterns
Tuesday, June 23 2015 00:00

Harlequin Bracelet by WigJig  
Be Inspired by Jewelry Beading Patterns

You love creating beautiful, beaded jewelry. You have developed several unique, creative designs. Friends and family look forward to the gifts from you on birthdays and holidays, because they expect your fabulous jewelry. Several area shops display and sell your work.

This sounds perfect, but what if you've reached a point where your business doesn't seem to be growing? Shops display your work, but aren't increasing the numbers they ask to display. Maybe what you need are some new designs, more variety.

Do you need a little inspiration? Check out WigJigs's beading patterns for all types of wire and beaded jewelry.  Earrings, bracelets, tie chains, necklaces, and sets are just some of the categories. Each category has pages of examples. Some focus on the beautiful, fluid shapes that can be created by the wires. Others focus on ways to group beads and stones.      

For example, check out the bracelets and watches. Three pages of gorgeous ideas! Braided wire, spirals, and even four-leaf clovers of wire separated by little green beads... Are you inspired yet? Mesh links and beaded lace. So many ideas! How you use the ideas is up to you, the jewelry creator. Each design comes with directions, if you want to duplicate or adapt that design. Or, you can simply look and be inspired. If a technique is unfamiliar to you and you want to learn more, WigJig offers video lessons, also.

So, contact us with any questions or guidance we can offer. Stop back often for new inspirations and for your jewelry-creating needs.

Jewelry Making Ideas off the Spring 2015 Runway - Asymmetry
Monday, June 22 2015 00:00

Rondelles with a Twist by WigJig  
Jewelry Making Ideas off the Spring 2015 Runway - Asymmetry

The world of fashionable jewelry outdid itself this year at the runway shows in Paris, Milan, London, and New York. There were many fantastic pieces presented by countless designers, but all of the jewelers seemed to agree on one thing: Asymmetry is awesome! Whether it was mismatched earrings or off-center necklaces, everyone was taking advantage of the off-kilter.

Earrings of a Different Color:

One of the most refined uses of the asymmetrical theme for earrings was presented by Oscar De La Renta. They used identical settings, but in one earring they placed green and blue stones and in the other they used red and pink hues. This wonderful effect is easy and fun to create with the large variety ofgemstones WigJigs has to offer.

TIP: You can personalize each earring with the gemstones of loved one’s birthdays.

Hanging at the Bar

Simplified bar-style necklaces were often outfitted with a pendant hung to one side to accentuate the asymmetry of the metalwork. Wonderful variations including simplified bars of metal hung with elaborate WigJig pendants are sure to be all the rage among those seeking hand-made jewelry. However, some may prefer the look of an elaborate wire-work bar hung with a unique combination of glass lampwork beads.

TIP: Use the 5” square Olympus Jig to make large elaborate wire bars to hang pendants from.

The Long and Short of It

Multi-strand necklaces with uneven lengths were another popular interpretation of this spring’s theme. Pairing two or more radically different beads or stones in large patches on a long necklace creates a versatile piece of jewelry that takes advantage of this trend in multiple ways. Wearing it looped gives the necklace the illusion of being multiple separate pieces. Wearing the necklace as a single strand with the division between the colors off-center creates another dramatic asymmetrical look.

TIP: Use a dramatic clasp and wear necklace with finding in front for extra glamour.

While these are all great ways to take advantage of the asymmetric trend of the season, they are only a small sampling of the many styles of off-center jewelry. What are your favorite asymmetric styles?

Beads For A One-Of-A-Kind Wedding: Understanding the Bridal Color Palette
Sunday, June 21 2015 00:00

Bridal Bracelet and Earrings Set by WigJig  
Beads For A One-Of-A-Kind Wedding: Understanding the Bridal Color Palette

Finding the right theme for a wedding is one hurdle for the bride. The second hurdle is finding the appropriate jewelry to go with the wedding's theme and the bride's ensemble. Assigning color palettes forbeads is an excellent way to keep the jewelry breathtaking and on par with the bride. 

The Folkloric Color Palette

Folkloric weddings are still common amongst those who want to keep their heritage an integral part of their new family. Irish folklore weddings are gorgeous and striking homages to the spirit of dignity and rich tradition.

Earthy toned color patterns combined with shiny beads reminds guests of fairy tales, the Aran Islands, and the shimmering courage of the Irish people.

Beads that represent nature are a key part of retelling Irish lore. Dark Amethyst bugle beads recreate a showstopping braided necklace accompanied with agate blood green beads scattered throughout. 

Teardrop emerald beads as the centerpieces for classic hook earrings intensify devotion and an attachment to nature. Emeralds engage the mind to focus on renewal.

To magnify an eclectic twist adorn the wrists with orange Swarovski beads. Orange in folklore has a number of meanings! Autumn, Halloween and passionate botanical symbolism. 

Pinkish light rose beads blooming out of your jewelry ties it all back to femininity and romance.

Of course, these color palettes are interchangeable. 

Romantic and Gothic Color Palette

Romantic and gothic color palettes are usually deeply hued to invoke drama and compelling emotions during the union. The color palettes for both are essentially similar. Working around the palette in order to tweak away at hues that need lighter and darker tones should be considered.

Red beads are commonly associated with rubies. The dazzling ruby gemstone has a multifaceted history throughout ceremonies of every faith. Ruby red bicone faceted beads  marvelously become the centerpiece of romantic and gothic bridal jewelry.  

Tiered necklaces that use garnet fire polished beads contrasted with dark amethyst bugles shapes a gorgeous piece that passes down from generation to generation.

Day and night color palettes use black and white beads. Jet black faceted beads with snake tube spacersand ruby beads produce an eclectic design.

Classically Pearlized Color Palette

A traditional color and texture palette consisting of pearlized beads is a bridal jewelry favorite for any season!

A classic graduated pearl necklace using steel-blue pearls and cream freshwater pearls is a vintage look with a modern twist of your choice. Add sparkling green pearls or light pink pearls for studs and even rings! By using the pearlized color palette, the creations are endless. 

Contact us for supplies, help, and any other jewelry-related inquiries.

Jewelry Making Ideas: Gems That Imbue Serenity
Saturday, June 20 2015 00:00

Dog Bone Chain Set by WigJig  
Jewelry Making Ideas: Gems That Imbue Serenity

 Jewelry-making has a vibrant history throughout the world. Cultures of all nuances across every terrain have used jewelry to represent an idea or a piece that encompasses their lineage.

The art of jewelry finds its roots in meditative and medicinal practices. Jewelry designers continue this practice by creating themed pieces for their customers.

A reoccurring theme in the jewelry-making world is serenity. Jewelry that radiates peace and harmony. Skillfully designing these pieces requires knowledge of the meanings behind each stone and color psychology. Placing together the right colors significantly heightens the symbolism of each piece.

Utilizing Amethyst Stones and Purple Bead Colors

Amethyst has always been associated with harmony and quiet. Holistic medicine practitioners use the stone to create a serene ambiance and a protective atmosphere.

Pieces embodying serenity aren't limited to gemstones. Bead colors play a color psychology related role as well! Purple colored beads offer vibrance and withhold the same calming effects.

Dreamy Aquamarine and Light Blue Beads

Aquamarine represents the ocean's natural calmness. A lavish round cut stone placed just right will make any wearer feel serene. 

Light blue stones range in all cuts and sizes for a unique look. Whether you're planning on earrings, a necklace or a bracelet trying out different shaped light blue stones in the same piece is a classic approach. 

Clear Stones and Clear Beads

Clear stones come in an endless assortment of both stone and cut. Clear stones are used for clarity and cleansing. White topaz is very popular for earthy toned jewelry.

Clear beads aren't just worth being spacers on bracelets, they add a sparkling touch to the most complex designs.

Aquamarine, clear, and amethyst are simple to complement. In fact, jewelers often use these three in one piece.

Beading and jewelry shouldn't be saved for royals only! Each stone cut preserves a history that enriched cultures and developed technological advances. Contact us for tips and questions on how to find the best bead deals.

Beads for Art in Jewelry Making
Friday, June 19 2015 00:00

Beads as Art by WigJig  
Beads for Art in Jewelry Making

Beads as Art: A single bead can be a work of art. When you combine these beautiful pieces together, you can get something exquisite. Bead-maker Amy Haftkowycz describes her beads as "her own unique little worlds." The beads encompass cultures and personal experiences like tiny poems in glass, or clay or metal. Budd Mellichamp's beads are inspired by underwater life forms. Deanna Griffen Dove says she is making things that are so tiny yet resonant of human values.

Acid-Etched Beads: Some art beads are etched in acid to remove the shine. Sometimes you want a matte finish to compliment shiny bits in your creation. Sea glass beads are often made from bits of glass that have been etched from long exposure to sea water.

Trade Beads: The Venetians were trading in beads 600 years ago. There is a wide variety of beads suffused with wide-ranging world cultures. They are made from different kinds of glass, by different kinds of people. Certain patterns have long intercultural traditions. Modern beads made of acrylic, glass, or polymer clay are often inspired by ancient classic designs.

Amber Beads: Some spectacular art beads are based on amber or calcified tree sap. The sap is cut like a gem, polished and often mounted in elegant silver caps. Amber is really a rare natural substance formed in prehistoric times. Imitation amber beads are plentiful and can be beautifully reminiscent of the real thing.

Antique Beads: Many beads are made in the styles of old jewelry. Some beads currently available were actually drawn from pieces made in 1930s and before. They might include 1930s Bakellite beads, ancient micro-beads, North American beadwork, Victorian cut beads, or beads made of south sea coral or ancient terracotta.

Prismatic or Rainbow Beads: Some art beads are tiny prisms that refract the colors of the rainbow into your eye. Others use various coatings over clear glass to modify and deepen the color effect.

Lampwork Beads: are made of glass with bits of precious metals melted into them. In the 17th century they were made using lamps, now bead artists use propane torches. These beads tend to be relatively large and often form a centerpiece for a necklace or pendant.

Beads Made of Polished Metals: Many art beads are made of angular cut metals. These often contribute a spare, modern, minimalist look to jewelry.

WigJig is the place for bead workers and jewelry makers. Please contact us and visit our catalog.


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