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.
How to Unsubscribe: If you signed up for our newsletter and then decided you don't want to receive it any more, the proper way to unsubscribe is to select the "Unsubscribe" link at the bottom of every newsletter e-mail or to follow our sign up link above. On that sign up page we also provide a way for people to unsubscribe.
WigJig Has Moved: Please note that WigJig has moved our offices from Maryland to Texas. Our new office address is:
Our telephone will remain 1-800-579-WIRE (9473).
Our warehouse has not moved. Our warehouse is also our returns address. Please send any returns to:
C/O Fulfillment Works
181 Marsh Hill Road
Orange, CT 06477
Please note that we no longer charge sales taxes in Maryland but we do charge sales taxes in Texas.
Birthstone for January: The birthstone for January is the garnet. Please select here to view more information on garnet gemstones. We sell man made and mined garnet gemstones. Please select the picture at right to view these products in our Internet store. This month, we have placed our mined, 6mm AAA grade garnet gemstone, item 3356, on sale for $7.51 per pair. This is an outstanding price for real garnet gemstones, mined from the earth.
Birthstone for February: Since this newsletter is later than we intended, we are also going to include information on Amethyst, the birthstone for February. Please select here to view more information on amethyst gemstones. We sell man made and mined amethyst gemstones. Please select the picture at right to view these products in our Internet store. This month, we have placed our mined, 6mm AAA grade amethyst gemstone,item 3355, on sale for $7.19 per pair. This is an outstanding price for real amethyst gemstones, mined from the earth.
What's New with WigJig Jewelry Tools:
We have added two new tools to our Internet store since our last newsletter. The first tool is a new pair of chain nose pliers with straight jaws that come to a tip about 1-2mm wide. The second new tool is a variation of a metal hemostat with bent jaws and a fine tip about 1-2mm wide. Both of these new tools are used for gripping wire and are excellent because the finer tips allow them to get into close places. You can view pictures of these new tools below. Please select either item, to view that item in our Internet store. Both Item 4025 and Item 4026 have been placed on sale at 20% off the normal retail price.
Shows: In a normal year, we do two jewelry shows. This year, because of a combination of the effort required for us to move and the slow down in the economy, we won't be attending the International Gem and Jewelry show in Tucson. At this time we can't commit that we will be attending any other shows this year. If we do schedule to perform demonstrations at a show, we will advertise that fact in this newsletter.
Judging a Book by It's Cover: As everyone who reads our newsletters should know, Boomer, our American Eskimo Dog, is a big part of our family. In October, Boomer was diagnosed with a type of cancer, called Sarcoma, on his lip, and ultimately Boomer had a large section of his left lip removed. We were very lucky because two different veterinarians in Portland, Maine both did outstanding jobs. The first veterinarian saw Boomer just to give him a shot, but he was thorough and examined Boomer and found the tumor that we had missed. This vet did an excellent job of both finding and diagnosing the problem and he recommended surgery that was more complicated than he was prepared to perform. That first vet sent Boomer to another vet who only performs surgery and was recommended as "the best veterinary surgeon north of Boston". This is not intended to demean any vets in Canada, only to say that she is a specialist and is very good.
After Boomer's surgery, his face was shaved on the left side and because of the amount of his lip that was removed, the remaining lip had to be pulled together so severely that his nose was pulled about 30 degrees to the left. The skin on his snout, without the white fur, was black and as you can image he had a pretty large scar from the incisions. In short, as anyone can imagine, when you remove a significant portion of any animal's face and sew the remainder together, it looked very bad. Looking at Boomer from the right, he looked pretty normal, but looking at him from the left, he looked awful. His face was scarred, black and misshapen, and the canine teeth on his left side remain permanently exposed.
If this had happened to a human, it would be a very sad story. That person's life would be changed forever by the scars. Unfortunately, people usually do judge a book by it's cover and anyone with a scarred and misshapen face would be treated differently than they were before the surgery.
Fortunately, this story has a happy ending. When we picked up Boomer after the surgery, they were shocked at how bad he looked, but as they were leaving the vet, the first of several lessons was presented to them. Standing in line to pay for Boomer's surgery, we, along with Boomer ended up behind another family picking up a standard poodle that had lost about 1/2 of his right rear leg. By comparison, Boomer's operation seemed relatively minor. Isn't there a saying -- "I cried because I had no watch until I met a man who had no hand." That was the way we felt leaving the vet's after picking up Boomer.
Boomer has since recovered from the surgery and it seems that the cancer was successfully removed. The fact that his face remains misshapen has never bothered Boomer for even a minute. Now the hair has mostly grown back, so Boomer looks much better. He does have a permanent "sneer" because he is unable to cover the upper and lower canine teeth on his left side and his nose points about 15 degrees to the left. When we walk Boomer in public, some people do notice his strange face. But Boomer doesn't mind at all. This is a rather long story, but here is the point. Boomer has never been bothered by his new appearance. He is the same friendly, happy dog that he was before the surgery and he remains a wonderful member of our family. His personality has not changed. If only it could work the same way for humans.