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Making Jewelry with Gemstone Beads (Spring Edition)
Thursday, June 18 2015 00:00

Gemstone Jewelry by WigJig  
Making Jewelry with Gemstone Beads (Spring Edition)

A lot of people are fans of gemstone beads. Some people love them just because they are pretty, while others love them for other reasons, such as what each gemstone may symbolize. Today we are going to talk a little about gemstone beads, and what type would work perfectly for some Spring-themed jewelry, such as earrings and necklaces. You could even match the gemstones being used and make a perfect set of jewelry, such as a glamorous pair of earrings with a matching necklace.

Let's talk about which stones would be perfect for Springtime. When going with a Spring theme, you want to choose colors that are light and of the pastel variety. Gemstones such as Amethyst, Citrine, Peridot, and Pink Sapphires would work perfectly for any Spring-themed jewelry. And with WigJig, you can get all of the gemstones you need, as well as all of the jewelry making supplies you could need to make your jewelry. With all of the possibilities that WigJig offers, you can make your jewelry as unique as you are. Now, let me continue with some examples of the jewelry you could make using WigJig's products.

Now, for a pair of studded earrings, you could use any of WigJig's round gemstones, such as these 8mm round cubic zirconia pink sapphires. These would work best with Snap-Fit earring studs, just make sure that since you are using 8mm stones, that your findings are also the same measurement as the stones you are choosing to set in them (such as these 8mm sterling Snap-Fit posts).

If you prefer earrings that dangle, WigJig has you covered! With gemstones such as these Blue Spinel Pear pendants and attach them to these French Flats to make the perfect pair of dangling earrings. By shopping around on WigJig's site, you will find that there are so many more gemstones and findings than just the ones I've mentioned in this blog. 

And when it comes to necklaces, they have gorgeous gemstone pendants such as this Lavender cubic zirconia pendant. And using a bail on the pendant gives it the perfect piece to use to place on a chain of your choice (WigJig offers a wide array of chains as well).

And there you have it! With WigJig, the possibilities of jewelry-making are endless. And if you ever have any questions, feel free to contact us.

 
Make a Summer Style Statement with Handcrafted Jewelry
Wednesday, June 17 2015 00:00

Beaded Spirals for Summer by WigJig  
Make a Summer Style Statement with Handcrafted Jewelry

Summer is just around the corner, and with it comes sunny days, sultry nights, and fresh jewelry trends. Fashion runways are always the first place to look for the latest must-have jewelry, but few of us have the cash to splurge on designer items. If you love the looks you’ve seen on the runways, designing your ownhandcrafted jewelry is a great way to incorporate trends into your style without sacrificing your budget. Better yet, it allows you to put your own twist on these looks. Let’s take a trip down the catwalk to see what’s hot for the hot months.

Mixed-Media Stacked Bangles

For a look inspired by Chanel, choose designs that make decorative use of both wire and beads. Pair theDeluxe Triplex Bracelet with the Three Strand Bracelet for a dynamic look. Feeling extra showy? Add aDouble 8s bracelet with wrapped bead links in place of the figure 8 connectors.

Ring Stacks

Delicate rings worn on each finger are a great way to add some romance à la Valentino to your look. Experiment with different variations on the Simple Wire Ring and alternate them on each finger. Since these rings are designed to be adjustable, you can also wear them in any position you please.

Baroque Chokers

Givenchy gave us intricate opulence with embellished chokers in rich shades of chocolate. Our Knots Squared design gives you a similar effect. Pairing a necklace like this with a low neckline will create an unforgettable visual impact.

Geometric Earrings

Basic shapes worked into creative forms featured on many runways for spring and summer, from Tory Burch to Louis Vuitton. Our tutorials offer a variety of ways for you to interpret this trend, including Bull’s Eye Wire EarringsSquare Earrings with BeadsWire Circles Beaded Earrings, and Marcia’s Earrings.

Matching Sets

Dolce & Gabbana brought back an often overlooked style with their luxurious golden matching necklaces and earrings. Jewelry sets are an easy way to add designer flair to your outfits. You’ll find options to suit any style and outfit in our designs for matching sets.

Feel free to contact us with any questions you have about jewelry making. We offer an array of supplies, tools, and tutorials to suit your needs.

 
Jewelry-making: Can you not knot?
Monday, June 15 2015 00:00

Jewelry and Wire Knots by WigJig


Jewelry-Making:  Can You Not Knot?

For self-taught jewelry makersknots are often the trickiest part of a piece.  Even if you know a couple of basic knots from elsewhere, the moment you try them on a stretchy or springy cord, they come undone.  But for those in the know, knots can be a lot of fun.  Closing a piece with an ornamental knot makes it look polished and professional, and you may even find yourself working them into your designs.

Secure: The Surgeon's Knot

If you want a quick, easy knot that won't come undone on any cord, you want a surgeon's knot.  Outside of beading, it's used in situations where the rope is likely to get wet, such as fishing, sailing, and, of course, surgery.

The surgeon's knot couldn't be simpler.  To make a hitch (for one end of one cord), loop your cord and feed the end through.  Then, feed it through again and pull tight.  Your knot should look like a figure-eight.

To make a bend (to tie two ends together), take one end in each hand and cross them.  Loop the right end over the left, bring it up and cross the ends again, and loop the left end over the right twice before pulling tight.

Flexible: The Slippery Eight

Of course, sometimes you don't want a knot that stays in place no matter what you do to it.  The Slippery Eight, discovered just ten years ago, forms a loop that expands or contracts with a tug, for an easily adjustable bracelet.

The Slippery Eight starts with a standard figure eight hitch, which is very simple: just make a loop in your cord, pass one free end over the other, then put the shorter end through the loop and pull.  In this case, make sure you leave the figure eight loose, and make sure you leave some room at the working end (the end you fed through the loop).  Hold your figure eight with the working end at the bottom and the other, called the standing end, at the top.  Then, bring your working end up to the top, passing behind the standing end, and pass it through the eight like so: under the top, over the crux, under the bottom.  Pull it tight.

To tighten the loop, hold the working end out so that it forms a straight line relative to the knot and pull.  To loosen, keep the working end in that position and pull on the loop.  If you bring the working end down, the knot will not move, so you don't have to worry about your bracelet coming undone unexpectedly.

Attractive: The Turk's Head

This is an ancient decorative knot, called a turk's head because it looks faintly like a turban but sometimes, for reasons un-guessable, known as a "woggle."  Actually, there are a large number of knots that can be called turk's heads, but the one I'm going to show you now is a hitch which is relatively simple, secure, and absolutely gorgeous.

Lay out a thick (or doubled) thread on a flat surface and make an overhand loop, then an underhand one below it, like a figure eight, passing behind the standing end.  Put the working end over the left side of the bottom loop and under the right.  Then, bend the bottom loop backward and thread it through the top one.  With your working end, thread between the two threads at the top of the new double loop.  Finally, bring it down to where the standing thread is, thread it through the same way as the standing thread, and pull tight.

Obviously, there are millions of knots out there, but these are three which, I think, are the most useful to know.  Good luck and happy tying!

 
Design Wedding Chokers, Beaded Necklaces
Sunday, June 14 2015 00:00

Wedding Choker by WigJig Design Wedding Chokers, Beaded Necklaces

There is nothing more beautiful than a summer wedding, filled with hopes and dreams, and expectations for the future. With anticipation of the wedding, a flurry of planning, expense, and selecting the perfect bridal jewelry begins. Selecting jewelry is extremely important, as the right set results in a fashionable, polished, well put together look. The wrong beaded necklaces make dresses look cheap, and even misplaced.

Lace wedding necklaces are always a good choice. They compliment the gown with the same French lace designs. Lace embellishments include strands of crystals, pearls, and gems. Necklace embellishments are simple or dramatic, depending on level of fashion required. Keep in mind the dress and type of wedding. For instance, Victorian weddings might require a more dramatic, and complicated design. This includes strands of beads, pendants, crystals, and dangling gems. A sweetheart dress, on the other hand, requires thinner lace, and more striking simplicity.

Select lace similar to the wedding dress, and choose style, and level of thickness. Select ribbon laces that include flowers, or raised lace.  Fashionable choker collars include thick pieces of lace, cut into a v shape pattern. Cutting out the outline of small leaves and flowers at the v line, and sides, creates interest and design quality.

Attach the necklace clasp. String any pearl or bead strands, and begin sewing crystals and beads to the choker, preferably in and around the flower shapes. A large white daisy or white lace rose, sewn to the choker at top center, with daisy or rose center embellished with white and silver beads. Metal beads are sewn into the lace at the sides of the daisy. If making a Victorian style, string beads to points on the necklace, and attach with metal hooks. Attach a small pendant, or dangling gems to the lace bottom at center.

For questions regarding jewelry making, or beaded jewelry patterns contact us. We offer a wide variety of fashionable beads, gems, chains, and jewelry making tools. Our high quality beads are perfect for coordinating wedding colors, and create dainty or elaborate styles. We also offer instructional videos for beading and jewelry making techniques.

 
Make Garden Chimes With Glass Beads
Saturday, June 13 2015 00:00

Garden Accessories made with Wire by WigJig  
Make Garden Chimes with Glass Beads

Nothing compliments a garden or outside living space more than a stylish summer chime, with bold summer beads, and bells softly tinkling. Chimes also offer unique jewelry making opportunities, with strung glass beads adding elements of charm and sophistication. The same processes used in jewelry patterns, and bead stringing are found in decorative chime making. The design and beading possibilities are nearly as endless as the artist’s imagination.

Just as with jewelry making, it’s necessary to design the chime before beginning. Know the style, colors, bead sizes, and type of beads. Shiny, colorful, bold colors are best, such as those that reflect sunlight. WigJig has a variety of unique glass beads to choose from, such as the fire polishedglass pressed, andlampwork beads.

Decide if bells will be strung in the center, with beads on the top and bottom. Though there is room for experimentation, colors should align in a consistent pattern, with the same colors strung on the top, as the bottom. If spacing beads, space evenly, and correspond sizes, and type on each strand.

One of the simplest ways to make outdoor chimes is by starting with a metal yard stake in the shape of a hook. The top of the chime is a long piece of metal, such as silver, copper, or even bamboo. Beaded strands hang beautifully from the metal piece. A hook extends from the top of the chime. This occurs using jewelry making tools, and the chime is then attached to the metal hook stake. The beaded chime creates style and charm, as well as relaxation. Bells chime softly in the breeze, as beads sparkle against the summer sun.

For questions regarding our wide selection of glass beads or information on jewelry making, pleasecontact us. We offer resources and supplies for a wide variety of design projects.

 
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