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2010 Oct 26


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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Jewelry Making Charity:  

We like to support charities that help people by teaching them to make jewelry.  Recently we supported a charity effort sponsored by the Christ Wesleyan Church in Milton, PA.  The church effort was focused on helping young women who had previously been forced into prostitution in Cambodia.  A group from the church went to Cambodia with jewelry making supplies including our WigJig tools  They worked with a group of former prostitutes living at a mission and were able to teach three of the women the skills required to make jewelry.  Their hope is that this group of three women will teach others as well as making jewelry for them to sell.  The first indication of the success of this endeavor is that the Cambodian women had a customer for the first pair of earrings they made.  Unfortunately, the Cambodian Women turned the customer down so that they could show their American instructors their success before the instructors left the following day.  If anyone wants more information on this effort, they can write to the Christ Wesleyan Church, 363 Stamm Road; Milton, PA 17847. 

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.

Blue Topaz Jewelry Making GemstoneSky Blue Topaz Jewelry Making Gemstone AAA Grade

Birthstone for November:  The birthstone for November is the topaz.  The natural color for Topaz is clear, but many varieties of Topaz can be found in nature with a yellow or light brown color.  The blue topaz stones shown near right were mined from the earth, but the blue color is not a natural color.  The blue color for topaz results from irradiation of a natural yellow topaz.  (Please note that there is no residual radiation left in the gemstones after they have been irradiated.)  Topaz has a hardness of 8 on the Mohs scale making it harder than most naturally occurring dust.  This means that topaz is suitable for use in all types of jewelry including rings.  Please select here to view more information on topaz gemstones.  We sell both mined blue topaz gemstones and man-made, simulated blue topaz cubic zirconia gemstones.  In the picture near-left you can view a mined Swiss blue topaz gemstone in AAA grade.  In the picture far-right, you can view a blue topaz colored cubic zirconia.  Please select either picture at right to view these products in our Internet store. 

Bagram AFB Scam:  We have been informed by the International School of Gemology that there is a serious problem in Afghanistan with counterfeit gems.  Apparently, many NATO servicemen and women are getting a sales pitch for the purchase of gemstones which are supposed to be inexpensive in Afghanistan.  It seems that many of the stones sold are really very cheap man-made gemstones or colored glass.  If seems that frequently the stones are worn and of such a quality that they could not be sold through any reputable store anywhere.  If you have friends or family in Afghanistan, tell them that they should not purchase gems there.   It seems that even some of the vendors who have been allowed on the base are selling counterfeit stones. 

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

Swarovski Round Crystal 6mm Faceted Beads
Swarovski 6mm Bicone Rose Crystal Beads 
$3.59 per package of 12 beads. 

6mm Round Swarovski Garnet AB Beads
6mm Round Swarovski Garnet AB Beads
Sale Priced $4.15 per Package of 12 beads

 2 by 2 mm Sterling Silver Crimp Bead Tubes Jewelry Making Finding
2 by 2mm Sterling Gold-Filled Crimp Bead Tubes
Sale Priced $3.67 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

WigJig Gold-FIlled Ear Wire Findings
$6.71 per package of 10 Shepherd's Hook Style Ear Wires

Gold Foil Gift Box for bracelets
Gold Foil Gift Box for Bracelets
Sale Priced $0.79 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.)


Money Jewelry Wire Earrings Jewelry Making ProjectFree 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. 

Stays On Jewelry Wire Ear Wire FindingCurrent Jewelry Making Technique:

Side View of Stays on Jewelry Wire Ear Wire Jewelry Making ProjectThis 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. 

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
8mm Cultured Pearls in SS Setting Sold for $80 6mm Peridot Gemstone in 
gold setting sold for $70

6mm Citrine in SS setting
 sold for $46

8mm Blue Spinel
Earrings in Gold Setting
Sold for $73
Alexandrite CZ in 
Gold-Plated Setting Sold for $45


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 4
October 18, 2010

Sunset in Texas 5
September 9, 2010

Sunset in Texas 6
September 17, 2010

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