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2011 Apr 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:  Beginning this month, we are going to start our Inventory Reduction Sale for 2011.  This sale starts now and 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 several silver findings significantly.  These items were originally priced before the price of silver doubled, so the discounts shown are very significant when compared to the current retail prices for newly manufactured findings.  For most of these findings the discounts will only last one or two months.  For some, the discounts will run until the end of August.  Since many of the items being sold will be discontinued from our store as soon as we sell out of that item, if you plan on waiting to purchase one of these items, you may find that it is no longer available.  (Items discounted 40% or more, will be discontinued once we sell out of that item.)

Please note that because of the dramatic increase in the price of silver, most of these prices will never be available again.  If you want to make silver jewelry, this is the time to stock up on findings.  In a year, the same findings may cost up to 10 times as much.

If you make jewelry using silver findings, there will never be a better time to shop in our Internet store!

WigJig Jewerly Making Design Contest:  

March was our third and last month of our WigJig Design Contest.  We received many excellent designs.  You can view all six designs submitted by selecting here.

Judging this months contest was very difficult for us because all the designs submitted deserved to win.  We received six designs for the contest and each of the six were excellent.  We evaluated all the designs on originality and creative content, on workmanship, and on practicality.  (By practicality we mean would this design pass the "baby grabs it test" without being pulled out of shape.  Is the design practical and could it be worn by the general public without getting damaged in normal wear and tear.)  We thought all six had wonderful creative content and originality.  Selecting just one from the six proved to be more than we were capable of doing.  We had intended to select one for March and then select one Grand Prize winner.  Instead, we have decided to combine the March prize and the Grand Prize and split the prizes with the three best designs from this month.  For that reason, we have chosen three winners for March and we will award each of these three winners a $100 in free merchandise from our web site.  The three winners are:

  • Erin Baker of Canada,

  • Lee Ann Messerschmidt of Douglassville, Georgia, and

  • Zoraida of Patchogue, New York

You can view the three winning designs here:

Erin Baker Jewelry Making Project Zoraida Jewelry Making Project
Erin Baker Zoraida

Lee Anne Messerschmidt Jewelry Making Project
Lee Anne Messerschmidt

Please select here to view all six designs submitted for March.

Cubic Zirconia Jewelry Making GemstoneBirthstone for April:  The birthstone for April is the diamond.  For more information on diamonds, please select here.  We strongly recommend against anyone purchasing a diamond for the simple reason that the price of diamonds is artificially inflated by the DeBeers corporation.  If the law of supply and demand were to operate normally here, diamonds would cost about 1/2 as much as they currently do.  In addition, with man-made diamonds becoming readily available, we really believe that the price of diamonds will drop dramatically in the foreseeable future.  Instead of purchasing diamonds we recommend purchasing cubic zirconia (CZ) gemstones at a fraction of the price of a diamond.  CZs appear so similar to a diamond that most professional jewelers can't tell them apart based upon visual inspection alone.  You can view our selection of clear or white CZs here.  Marcia, our customer service manager, likes these CZ's so much that she has a bowl of them sitting on her desk in a spot where the afternoon sun hits them every day.  She loves the sparkle that results.  

Emerald Cubic Zirconia Jewelry Making Gemstone AAA GradeBirthstone for May:  The Birthstone for May is the emerald.  Please select here to view more information on emeralds.  Emeralds are made from beryllium aluminum silicate with traces of chromium.  This makes emeralds very similar chemically to aquamarine.  Mined emeralds usually have imperfections called inclusions.  The inclusions reduce the value of the emeralds because they are aesthetically unattractive and because they weaken the gemstones.  Because of this, emeralds may be the most delicate gemstone.  We recommend that real, mined from the earth emeralds be used in earrings and necklaces only, and not in rings or bracelets.  WigJig does not sell real, mined from the earth emeralds because 1. they are too expensive and 2.  because it really takes a trained jeweler to know the value of an emerald based on the amount of inclusions in the stone.  We do sell emerald colored CZs.  These stones are much stronger and less delicate than real, mined emeralds.  You can view our selection of emerald colored CZs gemstones by selecting here. 

New Jewelry Making Supplies:

Since our last newsletter we have added several new Precosia glass crystal beads to our inventory.  Precosia is one of the leading bead manufacturers in the Czech Republic.  These beads are a high quality alternative to Swarovski, Austrian crystal beads at a slightly lower price.  Please see the table below to view our new selection of Precosia beads.  Please select any picture below to view our selection of Precosia beads or select the item number below the picture to view that item in our Internet store. 

Aqua Precosia Beads Precosia 6 mm Crystal AB Round Beads Precosia 8 mm Crystal AB Round Beads
4mm Item 3523 6mm Item 3524 8mm Item 3525

6mm Item 3526

8mm Item 3527

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

Precosia Bicone Aqua 8mm Faceted Beads
Precosia 8mm Bicone Aqua Beads 
$2.39 per string of 15 beads. 

8mm Round Precosia Crystal ABBeads
8mm Round Precosia Crystal AB Beads
Sale Priced $10.12 per Package of 24 beads

Small Sterling Silver Lobster Clasp Jewelry Making Finding
Sterling Silver, Small Lobster Clasp 
$3.21 per package of 5 clasps. 

Sterling Silver Eye Pins Jewelry Making Finding
Sterling Silver Eye Pin Finding
Sale Priced $2.30 per Package of 10 eyepins 

Thin, a 1/2' Sterling Silver Head Pin Jewelry Making Finding
Sterling Silver, Thin 1 1/2" Head Pin 
$2.36 per package of 10. 

Medium Sterling Silver Split Ring Jewelry Making Finding
Sterling Silver, Medium Split RIng Finding 
$32.02 per package of 10 split rings. 

WigJig Chain Nose Pliers Jewelry Making Tool

WigJig Chain Nose Pliers
Sale Priced $7.96 each


Sterling Silver Earring Post with Cup for Mounting Pearls Jewelry Making Finding 1/2 Drilled White Swarovski Crystal Pearl Beads
Sterling Silver Earring Cup with Post
Sale Priced $0.97 per package of 2. 
6mm 1/2 Drilled Swarovski Pearls
Sale Priced $1.18 per Pair

WigJig Crossover Pegs Jewelry Making Tools
WigJig Crossover Pegs
Sale Priced $2.39 per package of 4 pegs

20 Gauge Non-Tarnish Silver Jewelry Wire

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


VW Chandelier Jewelry Wire Earrings Jewelry Making DesignFree Jewelry Making Design:  

Our new jewelry making project for this newsletter is anotherAlternative VW Chandelier Jewelry Wire Earrings Jewelry Making Projectalternative to our chandelier earring design.  This alternative we call "VW" Chandelier Earrings because we use a "V" shaped wire component and several "W" shaped wire components to make these earrings.  We have two versions of this design as shown left and right.  The difference between the two designs is the size of the loops and the spacing of the rows of the earring body.  In the earring design shown at right, we used larger loops (3/32") and normal sized figure 8 connectors made on the first step of our step jaw pliers.  In the earrings shown at left, we used smaller loops (1/16") and larger figure 8 connectors made on the second loop of our step jaw pliers.  The end result is that the earrings shown at left are longer. 

This earring design can be made on any of our WigJig tools.  Three wire components are needed to make these earrings.  Below, you can view the peg patterns for the design using our WigJig Centaur. 

Instructions for making VW Beaded Earrings using WigJig jewelry tools to shape jewelry wire. Free instructions for making VW Beaded Earrings using WigJig jewelry tools to shape jewelry wire. Peg Pattern for making VW Beaded Earrings using WigJig jewelry tools to shape jewelry wire.
W Wire Component V Wire Component Top Wire Component

Please select here, or select either picture above, to view our detailed, free instructions for making the VW Chandelier Jewelry Wire Earrings made on our WigJig jewelry tools out of jewelry wire, beads and common jewelry making supplies.  

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 a discussion on how to cut a jewelry wire to finish a wire component precisely.  In the past we have provided input on how to cut wire.  This write-up will discuss how to cut the wire precisely when you are trying to cut the end of the wire in a wire component.  As shown in the pictures below, it is necessary to cut the wire at the point where it starts to cross the wire component.  You must cut the wire with the flat side of the flush cutter toward the finished piece and you must cut it precisely where it starts to overlap.  We have found that it is difficult to cut the wire in precisely the right spot. 

Our technique to resolve this difficulty is to hold the end of the wire that you want to cut between the thumb and forefinger of your non-dominant hand while you hold the flush cutter in your dominant hand.  In order to accurately position the flush cutter, rest the cutter against the thumbnail on your non-dominant hand while you re lining up the cut.  By resting against your thumb nail, you can position the cutter easily to cut at the exact point where the wire starts to overlap.  See the two pictures below for the top view and side view of how to hold the wire component in your non-dominant hand and holding the flush cutter in your dominant hand, cut the wire at the precise location required. 

Cutting a Jewelry Wire Component -- 1 Cutting  a Jewelry Wire Component -- 2
Top View Side View

Please select here, or select any picture above, to view our free instructions for cutting wire for your jewelry wire components.

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

Our Nostalgia Corner project for this newsletter is our Wrapped Link Bracelet shown at right.  This is an advanced beginner's projects and are relatively easy to make.    This project can be made on any WigJig Tool and is an excellent link to use for a bracelet or necklace.   Please select here or select the picture at right to view our instructions on how to make this Wrapped Link Bracelet made on our WigJig jewelry tools out of jewelry wire and beads.

Texas Sunsets:

The following sunset pictures were taken on April 12th.  The earliest picture is on the top and the pictures are in chronological order thereafter. 

Sunset 110412

Texas Sunset 110412

Sunset in Texas

Texas Sunset



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