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2010 Feb 02

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 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:

WigJig Returns
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. 

Garnet Jewelry Making Gemstone AAA GradeBirthstone 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. 


Amethyst Jewelry Making Gemstone AAA GradeBirthstone 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.  

Chain Nose Pliers Jewelry Making Tool Bent Hemostat Gripping Tool
Item 4025 Item 4026

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. 

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 February15th 2010 or until we run out of that item. 

Swarovski Amethyst 4mm Round, Faceted Beads
Swarovski 4mm Round Topaz Beads
$2.31 per package of 24 beads. 

Swarovski Garnet AB Round 6mm Beads
Swarovski 6mm Emerald Round  Beads
$4.15 per package of 12 beads.

Swarovski Indicolite Round 6mm Beads
Swarovski 6mm Aqua AB Round Beads 
$2.63 per package of 12 beads.

 1 1/4' Chasing Hammer WigJig Jewelry Making Tools
1 1/4" Chasing Hammer
Sale Priced $11.27 each 

8mm 1/2 Drilled Swarovski Cream Rose Crystal Pearl Beads  8mm GF Earring Post for 1/2 Drilled Pearl Beads

8mm 1/2 Drilled Swarovski Cream Rose Crystal Pearl beads plus Gold-Filled Earring Post Setting
$1.51 per pair of Crystal Pearl Beads or 
$1.67 per pair of Earring Post settings

     6mm Amethyst Jewelry Making Gemstone

6mm AAA Grade Mined Amethyst Gemstone
$7.19 per pair.    
Birthstone for February.

Chain Nose Pliers Jewelry Making Tool

Chain Nose Pliers Jewelry Making Tool
Sale Priced $7.96 each

Metal Hemostat Jewelry Making Tool
Metal Hemostat Jewelry Making Tool
Sale Priced $6.07 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.)


3 Tier Jewelry Wire & Beads Earrings Jewelry Making ProjectsFree Jewelry Making Design:

Because of the time involved in moving, we don't have a new jewelry design for this month.  We are working on some new designs, but we did not have enough time to perfect them.  Our intention is to send another newsletter in two weeks that would include a new design.  Since we were unable to provide a new design, we thought the next best thing would be to re-visit one of our favorite old designs.  The earrings shown at right are our 3 Tier Earrings made on our WigJig Cyclops or Centaur using a round peg pattern.

These earrings can be made with 16, 18 or 20 gauge wire, but for advanced beginners we recommend 20 gauge wire for the 3 Tier wire components and 22 gauge wire for the wrapped bead links between the tiers. 

This design shows one of the important concepts in making jewelry with our WigJig tools.  These earrings are made from four wire components made on one of our WigJig tools.  Each of the four individual wire components themselves are very easy to make.  The earrings when viewed as a hole are interesting, complex and artistically pleasing, but these complex appearing earrings are made of a combination of simple to make components.  The important point is that an aesthetically pleasing design does not need to be hard to make, or made of complex components.  You can make nice jewelry by combining simple component in an intelligent manner.

Please select here to view our free instructions for making our 3 Tier Earrings.

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. Making a Coin Pendant Jewelry Making Technique

Current Jewelry Making Technique:

This month's jewelry making technique is a technique for making a coin pendant, mounting the coin with jewelry wire.  This same approach could be used to make a pendant with a cabochon as long as one side of the cabochon was essentially flat.  In our instructions we Making a Coin Pendant -- Jewelry Making Techniqueshow a pattern for mounting a coin the size of a US nickel.  These instructions can be easily modified to mount any sized coin or cabochon. 

Our technique for mounting a coin or cabochon uses 22 gauge wire.  In the pictures here, we used round wire, but the ultimate finished coin pendant could be made from square wire and would look better. 

In the picture at left, we show a close up of how the back of the coin would appear. 

Please select here to view our instructions for using jewelry wire to make a coin pendant or to mount a cabochon -- a jewelry making technique.


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

Tie Chain Jewelry Making Project made out of jewelry wire and jewelry making supplies using WigJig jewelry tools.Men's Tie Chain Jewelry Making ProjectThis week's featured design in our Nostalgia Corner is the design for our tie chain, tie holder.  This is our favorite project for making jewelry for men. 

This project uses 18 or 20 gauge wire and can be made on any of our WigJigs, using two 1/4 inch or 5/16 inch Super Pegs.  This is a project that is suitable for an advanced beginner to making jewelry with wire and beads. 

Please select here, or select the picture above right to view our free instructions for making our tie chain.

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Last modified: 2/02/2010



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