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2011 Sep 20


WigJig Jewelry Tools Presents our Jewelry Making Newsletter -- AKA Boomer Sez:

Our Spokesdog: If an insurance company can have a gecko, we have decided that we can have a spokesdog.  Boomer, shown at right, is our spokesdog.  If you select Boomer's picture, you will be able to view Boomer at his work.

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New Price for WigJig Delphi Jewelry Tool:

Starting the First of September, 2011, we have re-priced our WigJig Delphi to sell at a suggested retail price of $19.99.  We have never sold any of our clear WigJig tools for a lower price.  We believe that the Delphi, at the price of $19.99, is an excellent value.  If you have a WigJig Olympus or Olympus Lite and think that you would benefit from a jig that had smaller pegs and a pattern with five holes per inch instead of the four holes per inch in the Olympus family, please consider the purchase of our WigJig Delphi at this new, low price.  You can view our WigJig Delphi in our Internet store by selecting here.

Silver Filled Jewelry Wire and Findings:

We have just ordered silver filled wire in 16, 18, 20 and 22 gauge in round, 20 gauge in square and 21 gauge in half-round.  This wire should be available for sale during the last week of September.

Sapphire Jewelry Making Gemstone AAA Grade

Birthstone for September: The birthstone for September is the sapphire. For more information on sapphires, please select here. Sapphire is the gemstone quality version of the mineral corundum.  Chemically, sapphire is aluminum oxide and is almost identical to a ruby.  For this reason the sapphire and the ruby have very similar characteristics.  Sapphire can come in almost any color, with the colors being determined by the impurities in the stone.  The more red versions of a sapphire are a ruby.   With that said, blue is considered the normal color for a sapphire for use in jewelry.  The blue color results from titanium and iron inclusions in the crystal.  Many naturally occurring, mined sapphires are gray in color.  Frequently, these sapphires will have their blue color improved by heating the gemstone for several hours at a temperature of 1,800 degrees centigrade.

Some gemstone quality sapphires exhibit asterism.  Asterism is the optical property of displaying a star when illuminated by a single light source.  Star sapphires like the 182 carat Star of Bombay Sapphire demonstrate this optical property.

The hardness of a sapphire, like a ruby is 9.0 on the Mohs hardness scale.  While this hardness makes the sapphire the second hardest naturally occurring material, the sapphire is still about 1/4 as hard as a diamond.  Fortunately, a sapphire is 4 times harder than most glass and sand.

Because of this hardness and the fact that sapphires can be made in a laboratory relatively cheaply, there are several industrial applications for a sapphire.  In fact, man-made or lab created sapphires have become relatively commonplace.  Sapphire crystals can be grown in a lab up to many inches in size.  Clear sapphire is used as watch faces and as optical components.  Sapphire wafers are also used in the semiconductor industry as a base for semiconductor components.  Sapphires and rubies have both been used in making lasers.  Man-made sapphires are also available for use in making jewelry.

Jewelry Making Supplies On Sale:

We update the jewelry supplies that we have "On Sale" with every newsletter.  A small sample of the products we have for sale at discounted prices are shown below.  Please click on any of the links below the pictures to view our entire list of sale items.  Select the picture itself to view that specific item in our Internet Store.  This sale will be effective through October 30, 2011 or until we run out of that item.

WigJig Crossover Pegs Jewelry Making Tools

WigJig Crossover Pegs
One side of these pegs fits the WigJig Delphi, Cyclops or Centaur.  The opposite side fits the Olympus, Olympus Lite or Electra.  
Sale Priced $2.39 Per Package of Four Pegs.

6mm Round Cream Rose Swarovski 1/2 Drilled Pearl Beads
6mm Cream Rose Swarovski 1/2 Drilled Pearl Beads
Sale Priced $1.18 per package of 2 beads. 

6mm Round Gold Swarovski 1/2 Drilled Pearl Beads
6mm Gold Swarovski 1/2 Drilled Pearl Beads
Sale Priced $1.18 per package of 2 beads.  

6mm Black Swarovski 1/2 Drilled Pearl Beads
6mm Black Swarovski 1/2 Drilled Pearl Beads
Sale Priced $1.01 per package of 2 beads

6mm Round Cubic Zirconia Gemstone

6mm Round CZ Gemstone
Sale Priced $5.59 per pair

Sterling Silver 6mm Round Snap-fit Setting
SS Setting for 6mm Round Gemstone
Sale Priced $5.91 per pair


Bead Stringing Thread
Over 35 Different Bead Stringing Threads
Sale Priced 30% Off!

20 Gauge Non-Tarnish Silver Jewelry Wire

20G Non-Tarnish Silver, Silver-Plated Wire
$3.92 for a 24' Spool
(This wire resists tarnish.)


Abacus Jewelry Wire Earrings Jewelry Making Project with Sapphire BeadsAbacus Jewelry Wire Earrings Jewelry Making Project with Crystal AB BeadsFree Jewelry Making Design:

Our new jewelry making project for this newsletter is a new chandelier earring that we call the Abacus Jewelry Wire Earrings.  An abacus is a Chinese counting machine, and is essentially the first mechanical computer used for multiplication and addition.  Please see the two pictures at right.  The earring near right uses size six crystal silver-lined beads with 6mm round Swarovski crystal AB beads.  The earrings shown far-right use Swarovski 4mm bicone, sapphire, crystal beads and 8mm Precosia bicone crystal beads.

Please select either picture at right, or select here to view our new instructions for making the Abacus Jewelry Wire Earrings by shaping jewelry wire and beads on our WigJig jewelry tools.

Past Jewelry Making Techniques:

We maintain a techniques web page that provides links to the discussion of techniques in our prior newsletters.  You can visit this web page here.  Follow the links on that page to the discussion of the technique in that newsletter.


Current Jewelry Making Technique:

Kidney Ear Wire -- A Jewelry Making TechniqueKidney Ear Wire Finding -- A Jewelry Making TechniqueThis newsletter's jewelry making technique is instructions for making kidney ear wires.  We made a promise to a regular customer to publish instructions for making kidney ear wires and now we have kept our promise.

We provide free jewelry making instructions for making two styles of kidney ear wire finding.  Please see the pictures at right.  The picture at far-right is the more conventional kidney ear wire.  The picture near-right is a modified kidney ear wire that is easier to make.  Both designs have the advantage that they have a fastener in back that makes them more secure while being worn.  These are excellent ear wires to use when you have a valuable earring that you absolutely don't want to lose.

Please select here, or select either picture above-right to view our free instructions for making the kidney ear wire jewelry finding using our WigJig jewelry tool to shape 20 gauge jewelry wire.

Nostalgia Corner -- Some of our favorite jewelry making designs:

Stays On Jewelry Wire Ear Wire Jewelry Making ProjectOur Nostalgia Corner project for this newsletter is our Stays On jewelry wire ear wire shown at right.  This ear wire is obviously a modification to the standard shepherd's hook style ear wire and is made to do a better job of remaining in place while light weight earrings are worn.  The notch at the top of these ear wires slips into place on an ear lobe and resists sliding off.

If you make your own earrings, we really recommend that you try making our Stays On Ear Wire Finding.  Earrings made with this ear wire really do stay on better than conventional ear wires.  If you are making earrings to sell, we suggest making these ear wires with a glass crystal bead to match the beads in your earrings.  This will differentiate your jewelry as both being technically better (stays on) and being better from a style perspective (matching beads in the ear wire).  It may make the difference between a sale and no sale for your earrings.  At a minimum, it will provide something for you to discuss with perspective customers.

Please select here or select the picture at right to view our instructions on how to make the Stays On Ear Wire Finding using our WigJig jewelry tools to shape jewelry wire.

Texas Sunsets:

The following sunset pictures were taken during September, 2011.

Sunset September 9, 2011PM

Sunset in Texas 09/06/2011

Post-Sunset September 9, 2011

Sunset in Texas Sept 9, 2011 later

Sunset September 8, 2011

Sunset in San Antonio, Texas Sept. 8, 2011


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