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2010 Nov 16

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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Selling Jewelry:  

We try to provide information to help people in selling jewelry that they make.  This month we received some pictures from Mike Lewis showing their tables at a craft show, selling jewelry made with our WigJig tools.  Mike and his wife, Karlene live in Irvine, California and sell many crafts at shows using the name "Crafty Duo".  Mike is a 71 year old retired Fire Fighter. 

Selling Handmade Jewelry by Mike Lewis

The picture shown here is from the first craft show that Mike and Karlene attended selling jewelry.  In Mike's own words:

 "This year is the first year with jewelry from the WigJig.  Enclosed are some pictures of the display.  At the last boutique (craft show), we did very well and people liked the jewelry.  Some of the designs are from the directions offered on your ( web site and others are our own.  My wife selects the beads and pattern and I do the turning and completion.  My wife is the quality control and keeps things moving. 

WigJig is a great tool and we are having many good hours with it.  I recommend this tool to any one." 

Mike Lewis Jewelry Making Show

The pictures above are just two of six pictures that Mike shared with us.  Please select here to view all of the pictures from the Crafty Duo jewelry show.  If anyone has any questions, Mike is willing to answer questions.  You can contact him via e-mail at  Our thanks to Mike for sharing these pictures with us. 

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.  (Most sand and dust has a hardness of 7 and is responsible for scratching jewelry.)  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. 

Blue Zircon Gemstone used for making jewelry.Birthstone for December:  The birthstone for December is the zircon.   We sell man made blue zircon gemstones.  Please select the picture at right to view these products in our Internet store.    Please select here to view more information on blue zircon gemstones.

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.)


Free Jewelry Making Design:  

Our new jewelry making project for this newsletter is a new bracelet design that we call the Crazy 8 Jewelry Wire Bracelet.   You can view this bracelet below.

Crazy 8 Jewelry Wire Bracelet Jewelry Making Project

In the past we have made similar bracelets with two loop wire components oriented with the long axis of the wire component along the axis of the bracelet.  This time we have oriented the wire component with the long axis of the "Crazy 8" wire component perpendicular to the axis of the bracelet.  This obviously makes a wider bracelet that may be more in vogue right now. 

Because bracelets can snag on items, it is important that any bracelet design be strong.  This design crosses the beginning and ending loops over the center of the Crazy 8 so that the Crazy 8 wire component is very strong and won't pull apart.  We hope you like this design.  We do. 

Please select here, or select our picture above, to view our free instructions for making the Crazy 8 Jewelry Wire Bracelet.

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:

Making Many Figure 8 Connectors out of jewelry wire using common jewelry toolsMaking Many Figure 8 Connectors made out of jewelry wire using common jewelry tools.This month's jewelry making technique is our instructions for making many figure 8 connectors while economizing on wire.  The big difference in this technique is that we do not cut the wire until the figure 8 connector is completed.  Please select here for our detailed instructions on how to make many, identical figure 8 connectors while conserving wire.

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

Double Spirals Bracelet made on WigJig jewelry tools out of jewelry wire, beads and jewelry making supplies.

Our Nostalgia Corner project for this newsletter is our Double Spirals Bracelet.  The reason this project was selected was because the technique for connecting the five Double Spirals wire components together into a bracelet is by using the wrapped bead link.  This same technique can be used with our new jewelry project for this newsletter, the Crazy 8 Jewelry Wire Bracelet.  Both bracelets are similar in that the long axis of the wire component is perpendicular to the axis of the bracelet.

Sunset in Texas:

The best sunsets happen on days with high thin clouds.  Some of the clouds shown in the pictures below are cirrus clouds, which are very high altitude clouds made of ice crystals.  Because the clouds are very high and thin, it allows the sun, after sunset, to shine on the bottom of the clouds.  At that point the sunlight is passing through the longest path through the atmosphere and as a result, the atmosphere filters the blue and shorter wavelength colors, leaving the red and orange colors of light to reflect off the clouds.  The end result is a picture like the one at bottom.  This can get boring, so we will stop providing sunset pictures like these after this newsletter. 

Sunset in Texas
November 11, 2010

Sunset in Texas
November 9, 2010

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