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2011 Mar 22

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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Kelly Tibbets Bronze Hearts NecklaceWigJig Jewelry Making Design Contest:  

During March, we are going to have our final design contest for 2011.  Anyone who would like to submit a design for consideration is welcome.  The project submitted must be made out of wire and/or beads using one of our WigJig tools.  It should be your original work.  Please select only projects that you are willing to allow us to publish in our newsletter.  We will select monthly winners and after three months we will select an Grand Prize Winner in April 2011.  All the winners designs will be published in our WigJig newsletter along with instructions on how to make the winning design.  Winning designs will be selected based upon originality, and artistic content.  We are seeking designs that are entirely new, or show a new way of employing components from our web site.  Preference will be given to designs that are suitable for advanced beginners to intermediate wire workers.  Designs that are so advanced that we could not describe how to make them in fewer than ten pages, will be considered, but designs that are easy to document will be given preference in the judging.  Designs that use materials that are readily available will be given preference.  The materials do not need to be purchased from our WigJig store, but need to be available for purchase at some Internet store. 

 Monthly winners will receive a $100 credit in our WigJig store.  The grand prize winner will be selected from the three monthly prize winners and will receive an additional $200 credit in our WigJig store. 

To submit a jewelry design for consideration in this contest, you will need to send us an e-mail including your name, address, e-mail address, telephone number, and one or more pictures of your jewelry design.  Please send your e-mails to  Please use "WigJig Design Contest" as the subject line in your e-mail. 

For February, we had six excellent designs submitted.  Please select here to view all six designs submitted.  Our winner of the WigJig Design Contest for February is Kelly Tibbets who submitted the Bronze Hearts Necklace design shown above.  We want to thank all six entrants for submitting their designs. 

Aquamarine Jewelry Making GemstoneBirthstone for March:  The birthstone for March is the aquamarine.  Aquamarine is a gemstone quality transparent variety of beryl and is closely related to the emerald.  Aquamarine has a hardness of between 7.5 and 8 making it harder than most sand and dust.  Aquamarine is known for its delicate blue or turquoise color suggestive of the color of sea water.  Much of the naturally occurring aquamarine gemstones mined today are heated to bring out a bluer color.  The deeper the blue color, the more valuable the gemstone is considered.  Aquamarine is mined in the US in Colorado and is the the official state gem of that state. 

People in the middle ages thought that aquamarine could overcome the effects of poison.  Prior to the middle ages, ancient sailors often traveled with aquamarine crystals believing that it would ensure a safe passage.  Please select here to view more information on aquamarine gemstones.  We sell man-made aquamarine and aquamarine colored Cubic Zirconia.  Please select either picture above to view our selection of aquamarine gemstones. 

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. 

Sapphire Precosia Beads Emerald Precosia Beads Precosia 10 mm Crystal AB Bicone Beads
Item 3520
Item 3521
Item 3522

Item 3516

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

Swarovski Round Amethyst 6mm Faceted Beads
Swarovski 6mm Round Amethyst Beads 
$3.83 per package of 12 beads. 

6mm Round Swarovski  Emerald Beads
46mm Round Swarovski Emerald Beads
Sale Priced $4.07 per Package of 12 beads

Swarovski Round Indicolite 4mm Faceted Beads
Swarovski 4mm Round Indicolite Beads 
$2.63 per package of 12 beads. 

4mm Bicone Swarovski  Amethyst Light Beads
4mm Bicone Swarovski Amethyst Light Beads
Sale Priced $2.31 per Package of 24 beads 

WigJig Fine Step Jaw Pliers Jewelry Making Tool

WigJig Fine Step Jaw Pliers
Sale Priced $10.36 each

Medium Gold Plated Bail Jewelry Making Finding
Gold Plated Bail 8mm x 3.5mm 
Sale Priced $1.59 per package of four
Gemstone not included. 

Rounded 2-Tone Magnetic Clasp Jewelry Making Finding 7.5' Bracelet Chain Jewelry Making Finding
Rounded Silver-plated Magnetic Clasp
Sale Priced $1.35 per package of 2. 
7.5" Bracelet Chain Gold Plated
Sale Priced $1.51 per Bracelet

Copper 2' Head Pin Jewelry Making Finding
Copper 2" Head Pin
Sale Priced $0.71 per package of 10
Head pins are copper colored.  Picture does not capture actual color.  

20 Gauge Non-Tarnish Silver Jewelry Wire

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


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

Our new jewelry making project for this newsletter is an alternative to our chandelier earring Alternative V Chandelier Jewelry Wire Earrings Jewelry Making Projectdesign.  This alternative we call "V" Shaped Chandelier Earrings because we use a small and large "V" shaped wire component to make these earrings.  We have two versions of this design as shown left and right.  The difference between the two designs is the number of figure 8 connectors used to connect the "V" shaped wire components.  In the earrings shown at left, each large "V" shaped wire component is connected to the component below it with three figure 8 connectors, left, right and center.  In the earrings shown at right, the middle loop on each large "V" shaped wire component is connected to the next "V" shaped wire component, but the outside loops aren't connected.  This version will spin on the vertical axis as it is worn so that the large "V" shaped wire components won't always be in the orientation shown.  This is an interesting effect, but may not be right for everyone. 



Peg Pattern for 'V' Chandelier Jewelry Wire Earrings Jewelry Making ProjectThis earring design can be made on any of our WigJig tools.  At right, you can view the peg pattern for the design using our WigJig Centaur. 

Please select here, or select either picture above, to view our free instructions for making the V Chandelier Jewelry Wire Earrings using our WigJig jewelry tools, jewelry wire and beads.  

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.

 Strong and Weak Axes of Jewelry Wire Components

Current Jewelry Making Technique:

This month's jewelry making technique is a discussion on making permanent wire components by considering the orientation of the component.  We frequently get comments from new wire workers that their wire component did not stay in the shape that they wanted.  Sometimes the problem is that newcomers to working with wire use wire that is too small.  Sometimes newcomers forget to harden their wire components.  Sometimes newcomers to working with wire use the right wire and the right hardening technique but position their wire component in the wrong orientation so that normal wear and tear pull the wire component apart. 

Please view the picture at right.  In this picture we have clearly marked the strong and weak axes of this wire component.  If you connect this wire component in a necklace or bracelet using the strong axis, the component will be strong and permanent even if made from wire as thin as 22 gauge.  If you connect the wire component on the weak axis, the wire component may pull apart even when using wire as heavy as 18 gauge

Here are a couple of pictures that demonstrate the right and wrong (strong and weak) orientations for a wire component. 

Weak Axis Orientation for a Jewelry Wire Component Strong Axis Orientation for a Jewelry Wire Component
Weak Axis Strong Axis

Please select here, or select any picture above, to view our free instructions for using the proper orientations for your jewelry wire components. V Chandelier Earrings Jewelry Making Project

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

Our Nostalgia Corner project for this newsletter is our Chandelier Earrings shown at right.  We chose this earring design because they are a smaller version of our "V" Shaped Chandelier Earrings in this months new jewelry project.  This is an advanced beginner's projects and are relatively easy to make.    Please select here or select the picture at right to view our instructions on how to make these Chandelier Earrings made using our WigJig jewelry tools to shape jewelry wire.

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