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2011 May 24

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 30 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 month we are discounting many silver and gold-filled findings significantly.

WigJig Jewelry Making Design Contest:  

March was our last month of our WigJig Design Contest.  Unfortunately, we missed a two entries to the contest.  We apologize to both entrants.  This was a case of e-mail being an imperfect communications tool.  It seems that the e-mail entries from both ended up in our SPAM folder and for that reason, they missed the contest.  Both entries were very good and deserved to be considered in our contest.  In particular, Shana Lehrmann put a lot of effort into providing excellent instructions on how she made her designs and excellent pictures of the finished jewelry pieces.   Here are two small pictures of both submissions.

Philip Wagner Shana Lehrmann

You can view more and larger pictures of these designs by selecting here.  Please visit this web page for a link to Shana's instructions on how she made her designs. 

Pearl Jewelry Making Gemstone Birthstone for June:  The birthstone for June is the pearl.  For more information on pearls, please select here.  The largest natural pearl ever found came from the Philippines and was found in 1934.  The pearl weighed 14 pounds and was originally owned by a Palawan chieftain.  The chieftain gave the pearl to Wilburn Cobb in 1936 because Cobb saved the chieftains son from Malaria.  This pearl is called the Pearl of Lao-Tzu and has a rather sordid history.  This pearl is also called the Pearl of Allah.  This pearl is not gem quality and is a "clam pearl" having been formed by a giant clam.  Clam pearls do not have the luster that is found in pearls created by oysters or mussels.  The Pearl of Lao-Tzu is rumored to have a history going back more than 2,500 years and has been valued at $3.5 million.  Please select here to view the story of the Pearl of Lao-Tzu.  The history of the Peal of Lao-Tzu reads like a 1930's episode of Charlie Chan or the Phantom.  If you haven't read this story, it is worth the time. 

This month we have placed all of our Swarovski 1/2 Drilled Pearls on sale at significant discounts.  We have also discounted the post with cup finding for setting the 1/2 Drilled Pearls.  Our free instructions for setting these 1/2 drilled pearl beads can be found here.

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 July 1st, 2011 or until we run out of that item. 


6mm 1/2 Drilled Pearl Cream Rose Beads
Swarovski 6mm 1/2 Drilled Cream Rose Pearl Beads 
$1.18 per pair of beads. 

6mm Swarovski White Pearl Beads
6mm Swarovski 1/2 Drilled White Pearl Beads
Sale Priced $1.18 per pair of beads

6mm Swarovski Light Grey Pearl Beads
6mm 1/2 Drilled Swarovski Light Grey Pearl Beads
Sale Priced $1.18 per pair of beads

6mm Swarovski White Pearl Beads
8mm 1/2 Drilled Swarovski Light Grey Pearl  Beads
Sale Priced $1.32 per pair of beads

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

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






6mm Swarovski Rose Pearl Beads

6mm 1/2 Drilled Swarovski Rose Pearl Beads
Sale Priced $1.18 per pair of beads


WigJig Fine Step Jaw Pliers Jewelry Making Tool

WigJig Fine Step Jaw Pliers
Sale Priced $10.36 each
 

8mm Gold-Filled Earring Post with Cup for 1/2 Drilled Beads
6mm 1/2 Drilled Swarovski Rose Pearl Beads
Sale Priced $1.46 per pair

 

Sterling Silver Earring Post with Cup for Mounting Pearls Jewelry Making Finding Gold-Filled 6mm Post with Cup for 1/2 Drilled Beads
Sterling Silver Earring Cup with Post
Sale Priced $0.83 per pair 
6mm Ear Post for 1/2 Drilled Beads
Sale Priced $1.25 per Pair


WigJig Metal Hemostat Jewelry Making Tools
WigJig Hemostat
Sale Priced $5.31 each
 

20 Gauge Non-Tarnish Silver Jewelry Wire

20G Non-Tarnish Silver, Silver-Plated Wire
$3.92 for a 18' Spool
(This wire resists tarnish.)

 


Triplex Jewelry Wire Bracelet Jewelry Making DesignFree Jewelry Making Design:  

Our new jewelry making project for this newsletter is a modification to our Deluxe Duplex Bracelet.  The finished bracelet can be viewed above.  This bracelet uses a "Triplex" wire component shown larger than life at right.  This design was made on our WigJig Olympus or Olympus Lite

We provide a template for printing the hole pattern for this bracelet both using the WigJig Olympus here, and for using the WigJig Centaur here.  For those of you who are curious about how to translate a pattern from the WigJig Olympus to the WigJig Centaur or Delphi, we suggest that you view both templates.  The size of the wire component made on each will be very close to identical.  When using the WigJig Centaur, we do recommend using two packages of Crossover Pegs (Item 4028) so that the size of the regular metal pegs will also be identical. 

Please view the pictures below to view the peg pattern, the clasp component in close-up and the catch component in close-up. 

Peg Pattern for Triplex Bracelet Jewelry Making Project Clasp Component for Triplex Bracelet Jewelry Making Project
Triplex Peg Pattern Clasp Component
Catch Component for Triplex Bracelet Jewelry Making Project  
Catch Component  

Please select here, or select either picture above, to view our detailed, free instructions for making the Triplex Jewelry Wire Bracelet made out of jewelry wire shaped 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:

This month's jewelry making technique is instructions for making a new style of ear wire finding that we call the Simple Jewelry Wire Ear Wire Finding.  You can view this ear wire below-left and you can view one sample of an earring made using this Simple Jewelry Wire Ear Wire finding below-right. 

Simple Ear Wire Finding Jewelry Making Instructions Finished Earrings Using the Simple Jewelry Wire Ear Wire Jewelry Making Finding
Simple Jewelry Wire Ear Wire Sample Finished Earring

This ear wire finding can be made on any WigJig jewelry tool and uses one regular peg and one 1/2" Super Peg.  This design is a modification of our Simple Ear Wire design.  We made this modification because we always believe that if you are going to make your own ear wire findings, you should do it in a manner that lets people know that you made the finding.  Since, using our WigJig tools, we can make ear wires that look almost identical to machine made ear wires, we wanted a way to differentiate this ear wire from a machine made ear wires.  The way we differentiate these ear wires is be adding a 2mm to 4mm bead.  Whenever possible, we like to add a 4mm crystal bead in colors that match the beads in your earring body. For many reasons, machine made ear wires can't be made with beads to match the beads in your earring body, for that reason, this ear wire stands out as hand made by the same person who made the earring body. 

Please select here, or select any picture above, to view our free instructions for making the Simple Jewelry Wire Ear Wire Finding made out of 20 gauge wire on our WigJig jewelry tools.

Wrapped Chain Jewelry Wire Bracelet Jewelry Making ProjectNostalgia Corner -- Some of our favorite jewelry making designs:

Our Nostalgia Corner project for this newsletter is our Wrapped Chain Bracelet shown at right.  We like this bracelet because we like all projects where one can make jewelry components that are strong and permanent and don't require soldering.  Making jewelry chain is usually done by a machine that solders each link of the chain.  Our Wrapped Chain jewelry making project uses wire wrapping to make a chain that is very strong and permanent.  Please select here or select the picture at right to view our instructions on how to make this Wrapped Link Bracelet made by shaping jewelry wire on our WigJig jewelry tools.

Texas Sunsets:

The following sunset pictures were taken on the dates indicated.  For those interested in astronomy, you can notice from the position of the cell tower that the sun sets further to the right of the tower (North) as the days pass.  This will continue until the Summer Solstice.  This year the Summer Solstice will happen on June 21st at 5:16PM (Greenwich time).  After that date, for the following six months, the sunset will set to the left (South) with each succeeding day.  (The camera used to take these pictures has a lens that does not allow zooming.  The scale for each picture is identical.)   

May 4, 2011

Sunset in Texas 1


May 12, 2011

Sunset in Texas May 12th


May 17, 2011

Sunset in Texas May 17th

 

 

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