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2010 Sep 21

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 in September:  

On Saturday, September 25th 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 September 25th

Sapphire Gemstones for Making JewelryBirthstone for September:  The birthstone for September is the sapphire. Pink Sapphire Gemstones for Making JewelrySapphire is the second hardest gemstone making it four times harder than most sand.  For this reason, sapphire is a very good choice for making jewelry as they will withstand wear and tear very well.  Sapphires can come in almost any color, but commercial sapphire gemstones commonly come in clear, pink and blue.  We sell man-made sapphires are chemically identical to sapphires mined from the earth but sell for a very reasonable price.  You can view information on sapphires here.

8mm Tourmaline GemstoneBirthstone for October:  The birthstone for October is the tourmaline.    There are 14 officially recognized varieties of tourmaline varying in color from black, to yellow, to pink, to green, to blue and finally to colorless.  Among the most common variations are the pink tourmaline shown at right and the green tourmaline.  There is even one variation of tourmaline that is pink on one end and green on the opposite end.  This variation is called, appropriately enough, watermelon tourmaline.  Please select here to view more information on tourmaline.

More Input on Making Jewelry as a Business:

One item that we left out of our recommendations for selling jewelry as a business in our last newsletters is sets.  Consider making a necklace and ring and earrings set or an necklace and earrings set.  Finding complimentary earrings and necklaces and rings is difficult at most jewelry stores, but is relatively easy if you are making your own jewelry.  Because it is hard to find sets of matching jewelry at a jewelry store, you can price a necklace and earring set at a higher price than you could get for the necklace and earrings separately.  Having matching sets of jewelry is something that you should emphasize when you are selling your jewelry.  Mention the sets when you talk to customers viewing your jewelry and include a description of the sets in any signs you have. 

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

Swarovski Bicone Rose Crystal 6mm Faceted Beads
Swarovski 6mm Bicone Rose Crystal Beads 
$2.39 per package of 24 beads. 

6mm Round Swarovski Emerald Beads
6mm Round Emerald Beads
Sale Priced $4.07 per Package of 12 beads

 2 by 2 mm Sterling Silver Crimp Bead Tubes Jewelry Making Finding
2 by 2mm Sterling Silver Crimp Bead Tubes
Sale Priced $2.71 per package of ~ 36. 

WigJig Step Jaw Pliers Jewelry Making Tool

WigJig Fine Step Jaw Pliers
Sale Priced $10.36 each

 Shepherd's Hook Style Jewelry Making Finding  Leverback Style Jewelry Making Finding

WigJig Ear Wire Findings
$4.15 per package of 10 Shepherd's Hook Style
  $2.79 per pair of lever-back style ear wires. 

Sterling Silver Filigree Bail for 1/2 Drilled 8mm Pearl Jewelry Making Finding
Sterling Silver Filigree Bail Finding for Setting 8mm 1/2 Drilled Pearls
Sale Priced $3.91 each

18 Gauge Non-Tarnish Silver Jewelry Wire

18G Non-Tarnish Silver, Silver-Plated Wire
$3.92 for a 12' Spool
(This wire resists tarnish.)


New Comma Jewelry Wire Earrings Jewelry Making ProjectFree Jewelry Making Design:  

Our new jewelry making project for this newsletter is a modification to our Comma Ear Wire.  After making our Comma Ear Wire, we noticed that the ear wire tended to slide in the ear and did not stay on as well as we wanted.  For that reason, we have modified the design so that there is a notch at the top of the ear wire.  This notch is sized to fit through the ear and essentially disappear when the earring is worn.  The notch also helps to make the ear wire very stable while being worn.  We make the notch using our step jaw pliers and our instructions show step by step how to make the notch consistently. 

In addition to adding the notch to the Comma Ear Wire, we also provide instructions for making the Comma Ear Wire with any of our WigJig jewelry making jigs using Super Pegs.  Please see the picture below-left which shows the peg pattern for a round jig (top) and for a square jig using a Super Peg, bottom. 

Finally, we provide instructions for making the New Comma Ear Wire in four different sizes.  In the picture below-right, size 1 is our original size of the Comma Ear Wire.   Sizes 2, 3 and 4 are smaller than our original design.  These smaller sizes work best with smaller beads.  Size 4 works with 4mm, 6mm or 8mm beads.  Size 3 works with 8mm or 10mm beads.  Size 2 works with 10mm or 12mm beads.  Size 1 works with 12mm beads or larger. 

Peg Pattern for Medium New Comma Jewelry Wire Ear Wires Four Sizes of New Comma Jewelry Wire Ear Wires
Peg Pattern for Medium 
Comma Ear Wire (SIze 3)
Four Sizes of New Comma Ear Wire

Please select here, or select any picture above, to view our free instructions for making the New Comma Jewelry Wire Ear Wires.  We believe that you will like these ear wires for the simple reason that they stay on.  We also believe that because the beads used with these ear wires are interchangeable, that you will find many uses for these ear wires. 

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 our discussion on how to round the cut end of wire.  This technique is important if you are making ear wires simply because left alone, the cut end of jewelry wire can scratch the wearer.  Please see the pictures below to view the before and after for this technique.   

Rounding the cut end of jewelry wire -- Before Rounding the cut end of jewelry wire -- After
Before After

To round the end of an ear wire we use a tool called either a Cup Bur or a Bur Cup depending upon who you are talking with.  You can view the cup bur tool below in position to round the end of an ear wire.  When using the cup bur tool  you need to spin the cup bur tool itself both clockwise then counter-clockwise rapidly for about 30 to 60 seconds.  Hold the end of the ear wire stationary and spin the cup bur tool.  We also recommend that you orientate the cup bur tool first, on the axis of the wire and then at a 30 degree angle to the axis of the wire, while continually spinning the cup bur tool.  Finally, we recommend rotating the 30 degree off axis angle to be 30 degrees left, then 30 degrees right, followed by 30 degrees up and 30 degrees down.  This helps to expose all the edges of the wire to the abrasive inside the cup of the cup bur tool. 

How to Use a Cup Bur to Round the End of Jewelry Wire -- A Jewelry Making Technique
On Axis Off Axis

We sell the cup bur tool on one of two different configurations.  Our cup bur economy (Item 0303) is a single cup bur bit permanently fixed on a wooden handle.  Our cup bur premium (Item 0387) is a package of 6 cup bur bits and requires a pin vise (Item 0388) to hold the cup bur bits.  You can view our two types of cup bur tools below.

Cup Bur Premium Jewelry Making Tool
Cup Bur Economy Cup Bur Premium

Please select here for more detailed instructions on how to round the cut end of jewelry wire.

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

This week we decided to contribute jewelry to the San Antonio Food Bank Silent Auction.  We made five pair of earrings and mailed them in to the food bank.  Being basically lazy, we picked earring designs that were easy to make, but look professional quality.  Because we just made these earrings, we will share the Four designs that we used as our nostalgia corner.  You can view the designs below. 

Half Drilled Pearl Beads with Leverback Jewelry Making Project

Snap Fit Gemstone Earrings Jewelry Making Project

Low Wall Bezel Earrings Jewelry Making Project

Leverback Snap Fit Earrings Jewelry Making Project

Half-drilled Pearl
Leverback Earrings
Snap Fit  Post Earrings Low Wall
Snap Fit

Please select any picture above to navigate to our free instructions for making that jewelry item.  If anyone wants to contribute to the Silent Auction, please contact Heather Roberts.  Heather's e-mail

Sunset in Texas:

Now that we live in Texas, one of the highlights of our day is watching the sunset.  Below we will share just a few of our sunset pictures:

Sunset in Texas 1
August 31, 2010

Sunset in Texas 2
September 9, 2010

Sunset in Texas 3
September 9, 2010

Please note that September 9th was just after Tropical Storm Hermine dropped 7 inches of rain on San Antonio. 

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