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2011 Jul 26

SpokesDog Boomer for Beads, Jewelry Tools and Jewelry Making Supplies by WigJig Web Site

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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WigJig Inventory Reduction Sale:  This month, we are continuing our Inventory Reduction Sale for 2011.  We have increased the discounts on several items and have added over 100 new items to this sale.  This sale runs through the end of August.  Discounts in the sale will run from 20% for new items up to 40 to 60% for items that we intend to discontinue.  Some items will only be on sale for one month, some items will be on sale until we sell out of that item.  This will be the last month where we discount many silver and gold-filled findings.  Last month, we sold some silver wire at below the value of the silver if it were melted down.  With our findings, we believe that we are close to the melt down price of the silver or gold in the sterling silver and gold-filled findings.  Starting August 1st, we are going to stop selling any sterling silver or gold-filled wire or findings at a discount.  At that point, we will re-price the item so that it will cost more than the melt down price of the precious metal.  Many people took advantage of the low prices we have offered on these items.  You still have until July 31st to take advantage of this sale.  We doubt that prices will be this low for sterling silver or gold-filled findings or wire ever again. 

Silver Filled Jewelry Wire and Findings:

In the future, we anticipate that we will completely discontinue carrying solid sterling silver wire and findings and will replace them with silver filled wire and findings.  With silver filled wire and findings only the outer 5% of the item will be sterling silver, the interior, that you can not see or feel, will be a less expensive silver colored metal.  This silver filled wire and findings will be made using the same process as is used today to make gold-filled wire and findings, and is very successful.  Making silver filled wire is done by mechanically squeezing a sterling silver wire around the outside of a silver colored wire.  There are no nickel impurities as there would be in most silver plated wire and findings.  The silver would be thick enough that it would not chip or flake off, as the silver plating does.  In short, silver filled wire will have all the advantages of solid sterling silver at a much reduced price. 

Ruby Jewelry Making Gemstone AAA Grade

Birthstone for July:  The birthstone for July is the ruby.  For more information on rubies, please select here.  Rubies are one of the four cardinal gems (ruby, sapphire, emerald and diamond) and are for this reason more valuable.  90% of the rubies sold in jewelry today have been heated to a temperature of 1,800 degrees centigrade to darken the red color and to help remove some of the inclusions.  Rubies are chemically very similar to sapphires and both gemstones have a hardness of 9 on the Mohs hardness scale which makes these gemstones among the hardest natural materials just behind diamonds and moissanite.  Both sapphires and rubies are made of the mineral corundum (aluminum oxide) and the red color of rubies is caused by chromium impurities in the corundum.  All natural rubies have inclusions (microscopic imperfections) and gemologists use the presence of these imperfection to distinguish between natural, mined rubies and man-made rubies (which are free of these imperfections.)  The first man-made rubies were made in 1837.  Since then the process has been modified and refined so that today, man-made rubies are chemically identical to mined rubies and can only be distinguished from mined rubies by the absence of inclusions (perfection) in the man-made rubies.  Please select the picture above to view our stock of rubies 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 August 1st, 2011 or until we run out of that item. 


Bead Board Economy Jewelry Making Tools
Bead Board Economy
Sale Priced $4.17


6mm Round Smethyst Swarovski Beads
6mm Round Amethyst Swarovski Beads 
Sale Priced $3.83 per package of 12 beads. 

6mm Round Aqua AB Swarovski Beads
6mm Aqua AB Swarovski Beads
Sale Priced $4.31 per package of 12 beads 
  

6mm Round Swarovski Crystal Beads
6mm Round Crystal Swarovski Beads
Sale Priced $3.14 per package of 12 beads
 


WigJig Nylon Jaw Pliers Jewelry Making Tool

WigJig Nylon Jaw Pliers
Sale Priced $10.36 each
 

2x4mm Bugle Beads Garnet Red
2x4mm Bugle Beads Garnet Red
Sale Priced $2.02 per hank

 

2x4mm Bugle Beads Amethyst Dark 2x7mm Bugle Beads Topaz Dark
2x4mm Bugle Beads Amethyst Dark
Sale Priced $2.09 per hank
2x7mm Bugle Beads Topaz Dark
Sale Priced $1.95 per hank


Bead Stringing Thread
Over 45 Different Bead Stringing Threads 
Sale Priced 30% Off Each!
 

20 Gauge Non-Tarnish Silver Jewelry Wire

22G Non-Tarnish Silver, Silver-Plated Wire
$3.92 for a 24' Spool
(This wire resists tarnish.)

 


Newest Dog Bone Chain Jewelry Making Project

Free Jewelry Making Design: 

 Our new jewelry making project for this newsletter is a review of our "Dog Bone Chain Bracelet and Earrings".  The new finished bracelet can be viewed above.  Making the bracelet shown above used two 1/2 inch Super Pegs. 

New Dog Bone Jewelry Wire Chain Jewelry Making Project

Our instructions for making this chain have been modified.  Please select either picture above, or select here to view our modified instructions for making the Dog Bone Chain 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. 

Current Jewelry Making Technique:

Adding beads to a round jewelry wire chain -- A Jewelry Making TechniqueThis newsletter's jewelry making technique is instructions for adding beads to a round chain like the one shown in the picture at right.  These beads slide around the round link, so their position changes as the bracelet is worn.  This effect can be very interesting. 

The steps we used to attach beads to the round links in the chain shown at right, are shown below. 

Step 1:  Start by cutting a 1 1/2 inch length of 20 or 22 gauge wire. 

Step 2:  Make a regular "P" loop in one end of the wire. 

Step 3:  Add your bead to the wire. 

Step 4:  Position two metal pegs in your jig at a distance from one another that matches the diameter of the round loop in the chain. 

Step 5:  Place the initial loop on one of the pegs in your jig.  Align the bead so that it is between the pegs as shown below-left. 

Step 6:  Wrap the end of the wire completely around the second peg. 

Step 7:  Remove the wire and bead from your jig. 

Step 8:  Cut the excess wire and using your bent chain nose pliers, close the final loop.

Step 9:  Convert the two "P" loops on either end of your bead to eye loops using the tips of the jaws of your round nose pliers.  This is done by grabbing the wire in the "P" loop inside the loop, but at the point where the wire end touches the stem of the "P" and twisting your pliers.  You can view information on how to perform this jewelry making skill here.

Step 10:  Open both loops on either end of the bead.  With both loops open it is easy to position the bead in position on the round link in your chain.  Please select here to view information on opening and closing loops.

Step 11:  Once the wire and bead component is in position on the round link in your chain, close both loops.  See the picture above right for how your bead and chain should appear. 

Dog Bone Chain made out of jewelry wire shaped on WigJig jewelry tools. Step L to Dog Bone Chain jewelry making project. Step M to Dog Bone Chain made using WigJig jewelry tools to shape jewelry wire.
Step 5 Step 6 Step 7
Dog Bone Chain Step N showing jewelry wire shaped on WigJig jewelry tools. Step O to instructions for making Dog Bone Chain out of jewelry wire shaped on WigJig jewelry tools. Step P to instructions for making Dog Bone Chain using WigJig Jewelry Tools to shape jewelry wire.
Step 8 Step 9 Step 10

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

Square Knot Jewelry Wire Bracelet Jewelry Making ProjectOur Nostalgia Corner project for this newsletter is our Square Knot Jewelry Wire Bracelet shown at right.  The square knot link used in this bracelet is seemingly rather complex, but is really very simple to make when you know the technique.  This bracelet is strong and visually appealing.  Unless you tell people, they won't be able to figure out how you made it.  The pictures below show how the square knot wire component is made from two simple to make wire components that are connected together.  The secret to making it easy to combine these two wire components is to bend the end of each component up about 30 degrees so that sliding the two components together will be easy.  Once they are together, you use your nylon jaw pliers to flatten the bend and make the wire component permanent. 

Overlap 1 of Square Knot Jewelry Wire Bracelet Jewelry Making Project Overlap 2 of Square Knot Jewelry Wire Bracelet Jewelry Making Project Overlap 3 of Square Knot Jewelry Wire Bracelet Jewelry Making Project Overlap 4 of Square Knot Jewelry Wire Bracelet Jewelry Making Project

Please select here or select the picture at right to view our instructions on how to make this Square Knot Jewelry Wire Bracelet using our WigJig jewelry tools and common jewelry making supplies.


Texas Sunsets:

The following sunset pictures were taken on July 24, 2011.  They show three pictures of the same sunset separated by minutes from one another.    

Actual Sunset 8:25PM

Sunset in Texas 7/24/2011
 


8:31 PM

Sunset in Texas July 24 8:31 PM
 


8:55 PM

Sunset in San Antonio, Texas July 24th 8:55 PM

 

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