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2010 Feb 23

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:  If you could have looked at the past 100 years and tried to select the best year possible to leave Maryland and move to a warmer climate, you could not have selected a better year than leaving in 2009 prior to the Winter of 2010.  Maryland has had between 50 and 60 inches of snow in the past month and may have more coming.  WigJig is happy to report that San Antonio, our new home, hasn't had any snow and we like it that way.   

Amethyst Jewelry Making Gemstone AAA GradeBirthstone for February:  The birthstone for February is the ameythstPlease select here to view more information on amethyst gemstones.  We sell both 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. 

Aquamarine Jewelry Making Gemstone AAA GradeBirthstone for March:  The birthstone for March is the aquamarine.  Please select here to view more information on the aquamarine.  For the month of March, we have placed our 8mm man-made, AAA grade aquamarine gemstones,item 3208, on sale for $7.99 per pair. 

3/32' Super Peg for WigJig Delphi Jewelry Making ToolWhat's New with WigJig Jewelry Tools:

We have worked long and hard to get Super Pegs that were 3/32 inch on top, but would fit into our WigJig Delphi.  This would allow the Delphi to have a peg that was 1/2 way between the 1/16" normal Delphi peg and our current 3/16" Super Peg for the Delphi.  This has proven hard to do for technical and supply reasons.  Fortunately, we believe that we have overcome our problems and anticipate having these 3/32" Super Pegs for the Delphi shipped to us within the next week.  This new item will become our Item 4028 once it is in stock.  It will take us a week to inspect the new pegs.  We anticipate beginning to sell the new 3/32" Super Pegs for the Delphi in the second week of March.  These Super Pegs will be packaged four to a bag.  When they are introduced, we will begin selling them in a 2 for 1 sale.  If you order one bag of these pegs, we will send two bags (8 pegs total) at the same price.  Our concern is that we won't have fully tested this new part and by sending you two packages (8 pegs) we can feel confident that at least four of the pegs will be the right size.  If we fail to get a customer four working pegs out of two packages, we will send more packages to that customer or refund the purchase price. 

Judging a Book by It's Cover:

We received many kind and sympathetic comments about Boomer's bout with lip cancer.  We deeply appreciated every response.  Many people shared their own stories about judging a book by it's cover.  We also appreciated that.  We are smarter now than we were before Boomer's surgery.

Because of the interest in Boomer's condition, we will share a couple of pictures of Boomer now.  Please remember these pictures were taken from the worst possible angle to show the scar on his lip.  Boomer doesn't mind the scar and we don't mind it either.  We are just happy that he is alive and healthy.  For those of our readers who may not be interested in our pet, please forgive our self-indulgence.  Judging from the e-mails, Boomer seems to have more fans than we do. 

Boomer's lip

Boomer's Lip 2

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 March15th 2010 or until we run out of that item. 

Swarovski Tanzanite 6mm Round, Faceted Beads
Swarovski 6mm Round Tanzanite Beads 
$2.55 per package of 6 beads. 

Swarovski Crystal AB Bicone 6mm Beads
Swarovski 6mm Crystal AB Bicone   Beads
$2.71 per package of 12 beads.

Swarovski Aqua AB Round 6mm Beads
Swarovski 6mm Aqua AB Round Beads 
$4.21 per package of 12 beads.

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

SS Earring Clip

Sterling Silver Ear Clip
$2.79 per pair of Ear Wire Findings

     8mm Aquamarine Jewelry Making Gemstone

8mm AAA Grade Man-Made AquamarineGemstone
$7.99 per pair.    
Birthstone for March.

Sterling Silver Head Pin Jewelry Making Finding

Sterling Silver 1 1/2" Thin Head Pin
Sale Priced $2.52 per Package of 10

3mm Round Sterling Silver Beads
3mm, Sterling Silver Beads
Sale Priced $2.55 per Package of 24

22 Gauge Non-Tarnish Silver Jewelry Wire

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


Free Jewelry Making Design:

Making a Spacer Bar Jewelry Making TechniqueOur new jewelry design for this month is actually several designs of jewelry made with spacer bar wire components.  Please see the picture at right for what a spacer bar looks like.  This is the basic building block for the spacer bar jewelry shown below.

Yellow Spacer Bar Earrings Jewelry Making Technique Spacer Bar Jewelry with Beads Jewelry Making Technique Pink Spacer Bar Jewelry -- Jewelry Making Technique Spacer Bar Earrings with Pearl Bead -- Jewelry Making Technique

Triangular Spacer Bar Jewelry -- Jewelry Making Technique

To make this spacer bar jewelry we combine beads, ear wires, figure 8 connectors and head pins into the jewelry shown above.  Our directions discuss several different design alternatives for spacer bar jewelry including larger gauges of wire, adding beads to the spacer bar, making longer spacer bars, or shorter spacer bars, or even combining a shorter center bar with longer bars on either side. 

Please select here, or any picture above, to view our free instructions for making our Spacer Bar Earrings made on our WigJig jewelry tools out of jewelry wire, beads and 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 technique for adding beads to a wire component.  In this months new jewelry making project we show one design alternative where seed beads are added to a spacer bar wire component.  Here we will show how to add beads to any generic wire component. 

In the pictures shown below, starting at the left, we first made a loop, then we added beads to the wire and placed the initial loop on a peg of our jig.  Beads were added to the point where they were adjacent to the second peg in the pattern.  For a simple spacer bar component, you would wrap your wire around the second peg in the pattern and cut the excess wire.  For a larger wire component, you would wrap your wire around the second peg and toward the third peg in the pattern as shown below-center.  After wrapping the wire around the second peg, you would remove your wire from the jig and add the next set of beads until they were adjacent to the third peg in the pattern as shown below-right.  Continue adding beads and pegs following these same steps until the wire component is completed. 

Spacer Bar Jewelry made using WigJig jewelry tools out of jewelry wire. Spacer Bar Jewelry made with jewelry wire and beads Spacer bar jewelry showing adding beads to jewelry wire.
Step 1 Step 2 Step 3

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

Two Strand Bracelet Jewelry Making ProjectThis week's featured design in our Nostalgia Corner is the design for our two strand bracelet shown at right and below.  This bracelet project uses Soft Flex bead stringing wire and spacer bar wire components.  Because of the reliance on spacer bars, this bracelet seemed like a good complement to our new jewelry project. 

This project uses 18 or 20 gauge wire and can be made on any of our WigJigs, using two regular pegs.  This is a project that is suitable for an advanced beginner to making jewelry with wire and beads. 

Tie Chain Jewelry Making Project

Please select here, or select either picture above to view our free instructions for making our Two Strand Bracelet made on our WigJig jewelry tools using common jewelry making supplies.

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