Free Jewelry Making Design:
Our new jewelry making project for this newsletter is a new technique for making our Money Jewelry Wire & Beads Earrings shown at right. It is perhaps entertaining to learn how we developed this new technique. When we are at shows, we display jewelry made using our WigJig tools. One of the designs that we display is our Money Earrings. Many people who visit us at shows ask us how we made those earrings. Being that Gary Helwig doesn't always remember how he made every piece of jewelry. This earring design was one where he had forgotten the steps he used in making the sample earrings on display. For that reason, he was forced to improvise. The improvisation worked and he continued to use that new approach for making the Money Earrings during demonstrations. Ultimately, Gary was performing maintenance on our web site and discovered that his demonstration technique did not match our online instructions. Now we have documented both approaches.
If you are making jewelry to sell, we strongly recommend making these Money Earrings. From everything we hear, these earrings do sell at prices around $40 per pair depending upon your market. By changing the design slightly, they can be made in a variety of sizes. Please select here, or select our picture above, to view our free instructions for making the Money Jewelry Wire 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.
Current Jewelry Making Technique:
This month's jewelry making technique is our instructions for making our Stays On Ear Wire Finding shown at left and right. We think that this new ear wire design will become popular. There are many reasons why we like this design. The first and foremost is functionality -- when made properly, these ear wires stay on. The notch at the top of the ear wire grips the ear lobe and helps to keep the ear wire in place. A second reason, is that while they are being worn, these ear wires appear identical to the older shepherd's hook style of ear wire. While being worn the only obvious difference in these ear wire is that they will make it appear as if the hole in the wearer's ear is slightly lower down on the ear lobe.
Now for some business reasons why we really like these ear wires. First, customs ear wires like these can't be purchased at a store. This will help your jewelry to stand out. Second, when made with a bead in a color that matches or compliments the beads in the earrings, these ear wires stand out as hand made and custom made for that particular earring. A third reason for using these ear wires is that it might just be the gimmick that will convince a customer to purchase your earrings rather than a competitors.
There are a few additional steps in making these ear wires, beyond what would be required to make shepherd's hook ear wires, but we think the additional steps are worth it. Please select here for our detailed instructions on how to make our Stays On Jewelry Wire Ear Wire.
Nostalgia Corner -- Some of our favorite jewelry making projects:
In our last newsletters we provided pictures of jewelry that was similar to jewelry that we made and contributed to the San Antonio Food Bank's silent auction. You can view the designs below. We think that our readers might be interested in what price this jewelry brought at the auction. If you view the table below, you can see the price that each item brought.
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:
October 18, 2010
September 9, 2010
September 17, 2010
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