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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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.
Birthstone 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.