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2003 Jul 20

WigJig Jewelry Tools Presents our Jewelry Making Newsletter for July 20, 2003

We are continuing to improve our newsletter, so please feel free to provide feedback at  Because some PC security programs block certain file formats from display, we have experienced difficulties selecting a file format for sending pictures in our newsletters.  In this newsletter I tried three different file formats for the pictures hoping to find one that will work for everyone.  The file formats are shown next to each picture as .jpg, .gif, or .bmp. 


We update the items we have "On Sale" with every newsletter.  A small sample of the products we currently have for sale at a discount are shown below.  Please click on any of the text below the pictures to view our entire list of sale items.  Quantities are limited for these items so please shop early.  This sale will be effective from July 20th through August 1st, 2003.  Please note that we have some of our new round 25 faceted Swarovski beads on sale.



With every newsletter we provide a free design from WigJig Universityto spur the creative juices.  This newsletter's free design is the Classic Hoop Earrings shown at right.  These earrings are relatively easy to make using twenty inches of 20G 1/2 hard gold-filled or sterling silver wire.  Instructions for making these earrings out of jewelry wire shaped on our WigJig jewelry tools can be found here.


Classic Hoop Earrings Made on WigJig Jewelry Tools


Jewelry Making Technique of the week:

Our WigJig University wire-working technique for this newsletter is how to make necklaces and bracelets lay flat.  Sometimes when connecting wire components they do not want to lay properly.  Generally, wire components like to be connected perpendicular to one another.  For this reason, manufactured chain will have slight twists built into the chain so that it will lay flat.  When connecting wire components together in necklaces and bracelets this approach needs to be considered.

One easy way to connect two wire components is to use either a wrapped bead link (as shown in the picture at right), a jump ring, or a figure 8 connector to connect the components.  Any of these approaches will connect with their loops in the vertical plane, allowing the wire components connected to remain in the horizontal plane.

On very rare occasions, you will find that you need a connector that connects to one component with a vertical loop and to the other component with a horizontal loop.  This requirements can be satisfied by making a figure 8 connector, and rotating one of the loops  of the figure 8 by 90 degrees using chain nose pliers.

The technique for making a figure 8 connector using round nose pliers can be found here.


"Chained Jewels" Necklace




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