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2011 Oct 18


SpokesDog Boomer for Beads, Jewelry Tools and Jewelry Making Supplies by WigJig Web SiteWigJig Jewelry Tools Presents our Jewelry Making Newsletter for Oct. 18, 2011

WigJig News -- 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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Guest Jewelry Making Contributor:

This month we have a guest contributor.  Our guest contributor is Aga KrukAga was born in Poland, but has lived in Arlington, Virginia since 2006.  Aga works as a manager/designer at The Joy of Beading, a local bead store that doesn't sell our WigJig tools.  Aga gets her inspiration for her jewelry from nature, places and people.  She has recently started selling her hand made jewelry on her web site.  If you want to view all of Aga's jewelry, please visit  The pictures below show two of her jewelry designs.  On the left is her Critique Earrings.  On the right is her Mallory Earrings.  Aga used our WigJig tools to make components of these earrings.  If you would like to contact Aga you may contact her through her web site by selecting here.

Aga Kruk Critique Earrings Aga Kruk Mallory Earrings
Critique Earrings Mallory Earrings


Tourmaline Jewelry Making Gemstone AAA Grade

Birthstone for October:  The birthstone for October is the tourmaline.    There are 14 officially recognized varieties of tourmaline varying in color from black, to yellow, to pink, to green, to blue and finally to colorless.  Among the most common variations are the pink tourmaline and the green tourmaline.  There is even one variation of tourmaline that is pink on one end and green on the opposite end.  This variation is called, appropriately enough, watermelon tourmaline.  Please select here to view more information on tourmaline.


Blue Topaz Jewelry Making GemstoneSky Blue Topaz Jewelry Making Gemstone AAA Grade

Birthstone for November:  The birthstone for November is the topaz.  The natural color for Topaz is clear, but many varieties of Topaz can be found in nature with a yellow or light brown color.  The blue topaz stones shown near right were mined from the earth, but the blue color is not a natural color.  The blue color for topaz results from irradiation of a natural yellow topaz.  (Please note that there is no residual radiation left in the gemstones after they have been irradiated.)  Topaz has a hardness of 8 on the Mohs scale making it harder than most naturally occurring dust.  This means that topaz is suitable for use in all types of jewelry including rings.  Please select here to view more information on topaz gemstones.  We sell both mined blue topaz gemstones and man-made, simulated blue topaz cubic zirconia gemstones.  In the picture near-left you can view a mined Swiss blue topaz gemstone in AAA grade.  In the picture far-right, you can view a blue topaz colored cubic zirconia.  Please select either picture at right to view these products in our Internet store. 

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 November 30, 2011 or until we run out of that item. 

WigJig Chain Nose Pliers Jewelry Making Tools
WigJig Chain Nose Pliers
Sale Priced $7.96 Per Pliers.



Designing with Wire Book Four
Designing with Wire Project Book Four
Sale Priced $9.76 per book

Earring Post with Loop Gold-Filled Ear Wire Finding

Gold-Filled Earring Post with Loop Jewelry Finding
Sale Priced $3.83 per two pair

Sterling Silver 2mm Round Bead

SS Round 2mm Bead
Sale Priced $1.59 per 24 beads


Bead Stringing Thread
Over 35 Different Bead Stringing Threads 
Sale Priced up to 50% Off!

20 Gauge Non-Tarnish Silver Jewelry Wire

18G Non-Tarnish Silver, Silver-Plated Wire
$3.92 for a 12' Spool
(This wire resists tarnish.)


Alternative "S" Spirals Jewelry Wire Earrings Jewelry Making Project with Sapphire Beads"S" Spirals Jewelry Wire Earrings Jewelry Making Project with Crystal AB BeadsFree Jewelry Making Design:  

Our new jewelry making project for this newsletter is a new earring design that we call the "S" Spirals Jewelry Wire Earrings.  These earrings were made using any of our WigJig tools and the associated Spiral Maker accessory.  We used 22 inches of 18 gauge wire to make both earrings, along with two 8mm beads, two head pin findings and two ear wire findings.  These earrings are easy to make and would be a jewelry making project that is suitable for an advanced beginner to working with wire. 

Please select either picture at right, or select here to view our new instructions for making the "S" Spirals Jewelry Wire Earrings using our WigJig jewelry tools to shape jewelry wire.

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. 





Money Earrings Jewelry Making Project

Current Jewelry Making Technique:

This newsletter's jewelry making technique is free instructions for getting started making jewelry with wire and beads.  This web page will provide links to web pages that show how to make jewelry with wire and beads and additional links that show the tools, supplies and skills required to make jewelry with wire and beads.  In this web page we will provide links to You Tube Videos, web pages on our WigJig web site, and to some Google Knols.  We have tried to provide links to all the worthwhile free resources in the Internet.  Following the links on this web page will be very similar to a three day training session in making jewelry with wire and beads.  We really believe that this new web page will be an excellent resource for beginners, and perhaps a good review for advanced beginners. 

Please select here, or select the picture above-right to view our free instructions for getting started making jewelry with wire and beads and our WigJig jewelry tools.

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

Spiral Link Jewelry Wire Earring Jewelry Making ProjectOur Nostalgia Corner project for this newsletter is our Spiral Link jewelry wire earring shown at right.  This earring uses a design that is similar to our new jewelry making project for this month, the "S" Spirals earrings.  Both designs rely on the way we make spirals with our spiral maker accessory to make a spiral wire component that is strong and will survive wear and tear without pulling apart. 

Please select here or select the picture at right to view our instructions on how to make the Spiral Link Jewelry Wire Earring made by shaping jewelry wire on our WigJig jewelry tools.

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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