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2003 Oct 28

SpokesDog Boomer for Beads, Jewelry Tools and Jewelry Making Supplies by WigJig Web SiteWigJig 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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Free WigJig Jewelry Tools Demonstration:  

On Saturday, July 24th from 1 to 5 PM, Gary Helwig, inventor of the WigJig, will be demonstrating our WigJig tools at the Bitter Creek Designs Bead Store in North West San Antonio.  Bitter Creek Designs is in the Rim Shopping Center, very near the large Bass Pro Shops store.  The Address is Bitter Creek Designs; 17711 IH-10 West; #104; San Antonio, TX 78257.  Their telephone number is 210-558-0559.  To get to Bitter Creek Designs, you travel westbound on Interstate 10 from the center of San Antonio to the La Cantera Parkway exit.  (This is the first exit past the 1604 interchange.)  From the exit, take a right on La Cantera Parkway and go about two blocks to Vance Jackson Road and take a left.  Bitter Creek Designs will be on the left.  You can find a map to Bitter Creek Designs here.  Bitter Creek Designs is located in a smaller building in the parking lot between the Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World and the large Palladium theatre.  Bitter Creek Designs is on the side of the building away from Interstate 10.  If you have questions on how to use our WigJig tools, or want to see some of the jewelry we have made with our WigJig Tools, please visit us at Bitter Creek Designs on July 24th

Ruby, the birthstone for JulyBirthstone for July:  The birthstone for July is the ruby.  For more information on rubies, please select here.  Rubies are one of the four cardinal gems (ruby, sapphire, emerald and diamond) and are for this reason more valuable.  90% of the rubies sold in jewelry today have been heated to a temperature of 1,800 degrees centigrade to darken the red color and to help remove some of the inclusions.  Rubies are chemically very similar to sapphires and both gemstones have a hardness of 9 on the Mohs scale which makes these gemstones among the hardest natural materials just behind diamonds and moissanite.  Both sapphires and rubies are made of the mineral corundum (aluminum oxide) and the red color of rubies is caused by chromium impurities in the corundum.  All natural rubies have inclusions (microscopic imperfections) and gemologists use the presence of these imperfection to distinguish between natural, mined rubies and man-made rubies (which are free of these imperfections.)  The first man-made rubies were made in 1837.  Since then the process has been modified and refined so that today, man-made rubies are chemically identical to mined rubies and can only be distinguished from mined rubies by the absence of inclusions in the man-made rubies. 

For the month of July, we will have a special sale on 10mm, man-made rubies at a 20% discount from our normal sale price.  A matched pair of man-made, round 10mm man-made rubies (Item 3256) will be sale priced at $8.79 for the pair. 

New Jewelry Making Items:

We have one new item in our Internet store this month.  The item is a hand vise, Item 4029, shown at right.  The hand vise is used when two hands are not enough to complete a project.  Use the wing nut on the hand vise to unscrew and open the jaws of the hand vise, place an item in the jaws and then screw the wing nut in to tighten the jaws on the object.  Once the item is held securely in the hand vise, you can hold the handle of the hand vise between your legs, leaving both hands free to work. 

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 August 1st, 2010 or until we run out of that item. 


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

6mm Round Swarovski Jet Beads
6mm Round Jet AB Beads
Sale Priced $2.23 per Package of 6 beads

 10mm Man Made Ruby Jewelry Making Gemstone
10mm Round Man Made Ruby Gemstone
Sale Priced $8.79 per matched pair


10mm Sterling Silver Snap Fit Finding
for a Round Gemstone

Sale Priced $4.95 each.
 


Flush Cutter Ultra Jewelry Making Tool

Flush Cutter Ultra
$15.19 per tool
 


 Nylon Jaw Pliers Jewelry Making Tool

Nylon Jaw Pliers
$10.36 each


Sterling Silver Ear Wire Jewelry Making Finding
Sterling Silver Ear Wire Finding
Sale Priced $4.15 per five pair
 

20 Gauge Non-Tarnish Silver Jewelry Wire

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

 

Round Bold Clubs Earrings Jewelry Making ProjectFree Jewelry Making Design:

Our new jewelry design for this month is our Round Bold Clubs wire component.  This component can be made into a pendant for a necklace or a bead dangle for earrings and works best with beads that are 8mm or larger.  You can view this component at right.

This wire component can be made on any WigJig tool and requires three 3/16 inch or larger Super Pegs.  The pendant shown at right was made with three 3/16 inch Super Pegs and 10mm Swarovski Crystal Pearl Beads.  This particular pendant was made on our WigJig Delphi, but again, it could be made on any jig. 

Because this wire component requires wrapping wire around itself, it is probably not appropriate for a beginner, but may be appropriate for an advanced beginner and is appropriate for all intermediate wire workers.  As with all wire designs, you will find that if you practice making this wire component you will find that your techniques for making it improve. 

To finish this wire component as a wearable piece of jewelry, you can directly connect the above wire component to an ear wire to make earrings, or you can make a larger loop at the top and orient that loop perpendicular to the clubs component at the bottom to make a necklace.  Just thread your necklace chain through the loop at the top to wear this pendant as a necklace. 

Please select here, or select the picture above right for our free jewelry making instructions on how to make our Round, Bold Clubs wire component on our WigJig jewelry tools. 

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 theOpening and Closing Jump Ring Jewelry Making Techniquetechnique in that newsletter. 

Current Jewelry Making Technique:

This month's jewelry making technique is our discussion on how to open and close jump rings and figure 8 connectors.  We have provided pictures of this skill in the past, but regrettably those pictures and instructions may not have been the best.  For that reason, we are going to expand on our past description of how to open and close jump rings. 

First, let's make certain that everyone knows what a jump ring is.  A jump ring is a circle of wire.  You can view one jump ring above-right.  The jump ring shown here is an "open" jump ring because it has an opening that will allow us to connect wire components to this jump ring.  The process for connecting items to a jump ring requires us to open the connection and then close the jump ring. 

Opening a jump ring can be performed with one pair of chain nose pliers and some strong fingernails, or it can be performed with two pair of chain nose pliers.  In the pictures below we will show how to connect a wire component to a jump ring with two pair of chain nose pliers.  The first step in connecting a wire component to a jump ring is to grip the jump ring with both pair of pliers.  Grip the jump ring with the pliers on either side of the opening of the jump ring.  See Step A below.  To open the ring, twist one pair of the pliers up and the second pair of pliers down.  See Step B below.  With the jump ring opened in Step B, connect your wire component as shown in Step C below.  Once the connection is made then re-grip the jump ring as shown in step D below. 

Step A Step B
Step C Step D

Close the jump ring by twisting the pliers in the opposite direction that you used to open the jump ring in Step B.  To make the closed jump ring as perfect as possible, grip the jump ring in the jaws of your bent closing pliers.  Position the opening in the jump rings against one jaw of the pliers as shown in Step F below, then squeeze gently to ensure that the jump ring is closed properly.  Many people like to squeeze the jump ring enough so that it is slightly oblong and no longer perfectly round.  An oblong jump ring, with the opening of the jump ring on the short axis of the oval shape will naturally cause the jump ring to orientate itself so that the connected wire components will align themselves on the long axis and will therefore not pull against the opening of the jump ring.  You can view an oblong jump ring below-right. 

Step E Step F Step G

Hopefully we have provide some information that will be valuable to beginning and intermediate wire workers.  Please select here to view more information on opening and closing jump rings. 

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

Bull's Eye Jewelry Wire and Beads Earrings Jewelry Making ProjectThis week's featured design in our Nostalgia Corner Bull's Eye Beads and Jewelry Wire Earrings Jewelry Making Projectis the design for our Bull's Eye Earrings shown left and right. This design uses a 7/8" Super Peg, or our Spiral Maker Tool to make the larger circle shown and a 5/8" Super Peg to make the inner circle shown at right.  For the earring shown at left, a 1/2" Super Peg was used for the inner circle.  The bead shown in the center at left is an 8mm bead.  In the picture at right, the bead shown is a 6mm bead.   

This project is an advanced beginners to intermediate jewelry making projects.  In the pictures we used 16 gauge jewelry wire for the round wire components and 20 gauge wire for the jump ring and figure 8 connector holding the earrings together.  This project can be made on any WigJig acrylic jewelry making jig. 

Please select here or select either picture above to view our free jewelry making instructions for our Bull's Eye Earrings.

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