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2011 Feb 09

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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Think Pink Bracelet & EarringsWigJig Jewelry Making Design Contest:  

During the next two months, we are going to hold a design contest.  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 January, our winner of the WigJig Design Contest is Joy Jones.  You can view a larger view of Joy's bracelet and earrings design below.  The bracelet design is a different use of a wire component that we documented in our online book , and in .  We also document how to make this wire component in WigJig University here.  The earrings are a modification to our Queen of Clubs earrings design.  You can view our instructions for that design here.

Joy Jones jewelry making design

We want to thank Joy for submitting this design. 

Facebook:  Starting with this newsletter we will provide two ways for our readers to share portions of our newsletter with their Facebook friends.  At the top of the newsletter, in the line that includes Google Translate, and a link to Sign up to receive this newsletter, we will provide a Facebook "Like" link that will allow you to add this newsletter to your Facebook page.  We will also provide a link on our new jewelry making design for that newsletter to "Share" that design with your Facebook friends.  For our readers with Facebook friends, please use our "Like" and "Share" buttons.  You can also view these two links below.


Natural Amethyst Jewelry Making Gemstone AAA GradeBirthstone for February:  The birthstone for February is the amethyst.  Amethyst is a purple variety of quartz (Silicon Dioxide) and as such has a hardness of 7.  Amethyst as an element in jewelry was known since antiquity and was very popular among the ancient Egyptians and Greeks.  The name amethyst comes from a Greek word meaning "not drunken".  This name was devised because the ancient Greeks believed that drinking from an amethyst cup could prevent intoxication.  (Boomer sez don't try this at home.  It doesn't work.)  While amethyst was traditionally included among the "cardinal", or most valuable gemstones (including diamond, sapphire, ruby and emerald), amethyst has recently declined in price/value due to the discovery of extensive deposits of the gemstone.  

There is some diversity of opinion on the chemical source of the purple color in amethyst.  Interesting enough, upon exposure to heat, amethyst becomes yellow.  In fact, citrine, a yellow variety of quartz, is sometimes called "burnt amethyst".      Please select here to view more information on amethyst gemstones.  We sell mined amethyst, man-made amethyst and amethyst colored Cubic Zirconia.  Please select either picture above to view our selection of Amethyst 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.  Our initial purchase of Precosia beads is limited to crystal AB beads only.  Please select any picture below to view that item in our Internet store. 

Item 3506
10.5x7mm Oval
Item 3507
9x6mm Oval
Item 3508
10mm Round
Item 3509
Item 3510
Oval Precosia Beads Oval Precosia Beads Round Precosia Beads Teardrop Precosia Beads 13.5x9mm Precosia Teardrop Beads 12x8mm
Item 3511
Item 3512
Item 3513
4mm Bicone
Item 3514
6mm Bicone
Item 3515
8mm Bicone
Teardrop 10.5x7mm Precosia Beads Precosia Teardrop Beads 9x6mm Precosia Beads Beads used in jewelry making Beads used in jewelry making

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

Swarovski Round Rose 4mm Faceted Beads
Swarovski 4mm Round Rose Beads 
$2.55 per package of 12 beads. 

4mm Round Swarovski  Black AB Beads
4mm Round Swarovski Jet AB Beads
Sale Priced $3.03 per Package of 12 beads

 SS 2x4mm Crimp Beads Jewelry Making Finding

Crimp Bead Tubes 2x2mm Findings
$2.71 per package of approximately 36

WigJig Flush Cutter Ultra Jewelry Making Tool

WigJig Flush Cutter Ultra
Sale Priced $15.19 each

Small Sterling Silver Toggle Clasp Jewelry Making Finding
Small SS Toggle Clasp 
Sale Priced $3.27

Rounded Silver Plated Magnetic Clasp Jewelry Making Finding

Small Lobster Clasp Jewelry Making Finding
Rounded Silver-plated Magnetic Clasp
Sale Priced $1.35 per package of 2. 
Small (9mm) SS Lobster Clasp Jewelry Finding
Sale Priced $3.43 per package of five

Sterling Silver Curb Chain Fine
Fine Sterling Silver Curb Chain 24 Inches
Sale Priced $3.43 each (No Clasp!)
(The smaller of the two chains shown above.)

20 Gauge Non-Tarnish Silver Jewelry Wire

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


Share Double 8 Jewelry Wire Earrings Jewelry Making DesignFree Jewelry Making Design:  

Our new jewelry making project for this newsletter is an earring design to go along with our Double 8s bracelet from last month.  You can view this earring design at right.  This earring design uses a new connector at the top and a "V" shaped component at the bottom along with three double 8 wire components as links.  Below the "V" shaped component at the bottom we hang three teardrop shaped beads.  In the earring at right, we used our new Precosia beads, item 3512, for our bead dangles at the bottom of the earrings. Peg Pattern for Making Double 8's Jewelry Wire Earrings

You can view our pattern for making the new top and "V" shaped bottom wire components for these earrings at left.  For the earrings shown we used 18 gauge wire for the double 8's wire components and the top and bottom component.  We used 20 gauge wire to make the figure 8 connectors that connect the tiers of wire components. 

Based upon the feedback we have received so far, we believe that this earring design will be very popular. 

Please select here, or select either picture above, to view our free instructions for making the Double 8's Jewelry Wire Earrings made on our WigJig jewelry tools out of 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. 

Current Jewelry Making Technique:

This month's jewelry making technique is several new designs for an ear wire that we call the Omega Ear Wire Finding because it resembles the Greek letter Omega.  We have a few alternative designs for this ear wire and you can view them below. 

Omega Ear Wire Finding Made with 20 Gauge Jewelry WireOmega Ear Wire Finding Jewelry Making Project Interchangeable Alternative to Omega Ear Wire Jewelry Making Project Side View of Interchangeable Alternative to Omega Ear Wire Finding Jewelry Making Project Thin Alternative to Omega Ear Wire Finding Jewelry Making Design

This is a beginner's jewelry making project and uses any WigJig jewelry making jig along with three Super Pegs for that jig.  Like all ear wire projects, this ear wire uses 20 or 21 gauge wire. 

The ear wires shown in the center two pictures above have the interchangeable feature.  You can remove your bead dangle and replace it with a different one.  This makes this design very versatile.

The alternative shown far right above is configured so that it will stay on even when using lighter beads.  This makes this particular design a good choice for people who are susceptible to losing their earrings. 

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

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

2 Tier Chandelier Earrings Jewelry Making ProjectOur Nostalgia Corner project for this newsletter is our 2-Tiered Chandelier Earrings shown at right.  We chose this earring design because they are large earrings similar to our Double 8's earrings in this months new jewelry project.  If you like the larger chandelier style earrings, both the Double 8's Earring and these 2-Tiered Chandelier Earrings will be worth making.  Both designs are 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 the 2-Tier Chandelier Earrings.

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