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2008 Jan 15

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 at right, you will be able to view Boomer at work. 

How to Unsubscribe:  If you signed up for our newsletter and then decided you don't want to receive it any more, the proper way to unsubscribe is to select the "Unsubscribe" link at the bottom of every newsletter e-mail or to follow our sign up link above.  On that sign up page we also provide a way for people to unsubscribe. 

Shows for 2008:  We don't participate in a lot of shows because we don't have the time to run our WigJig business plus do a lot of travel.  We will be participating in two shows in 2008.  They are the International Gem and Jewelry Show in Tucson February 6-10 and the Bead and Button Show in Milwaukee June 5-8. You can view information on these shows here.  Please note that we won't have a WigJig booth.  We will be demonstrating our WigJig Tools at the Soft Flex Booth.  If you will be attending either show, please stop by the Soft Flex Booth and say hello.8mm Man Made Garnet Gemstone

Birthstone for January:  The birthstone for January is the garnet.  Last year, we were only selling Garnet colored CZs.  This year, we have added both man-made garnets and natural, or mined garnets to our Internet store.  Both the man-made garnets and the natural garnets are darker in color than the garnet CZs that we sell.  You can view this darker color at right.  Please select here for more information on Garnets.

New Jewelry Making Supplies:  

Since our last newsletter we have added three new gemstones.  We have added natural, 6mm, Grade AA Peridot, Garnet and Citrine gemstones in the round brilliant cut.  These gemstones are not made in a laboratory but are mined from the earth and for this reason will have very small imperfections that can only be viewed using a jeweler's loupe.  For those of you who want a natural gemstone, these stones may be what you want.  You can view these new gemstones below.  Please select any picture to view that item in our Internet store.  We have very limited supplies of these gemstones so if you are interested, we suggest purchasing now.  We can get more, but it will take several months once these stones sell out to get them back in stock. 

6mm Peridot Gemstone
6mm Garnet Gemstone 6mm Citrine Gemstone
6mm Peridot 6mm Garnet 6mm Citrine

Guest Jewelry Making Contributor: 

This month's guest contributor is Laurie Roberge from Scarborough, Maine.  Laurie makes earrings that she donates to the oncology department at Mercy Hospital in Portland, Maine.  The earrings are given to anyone receiving cancer treatments who may want them.  If you have questions for Laurie, she can be reached via e-mail at  From the picture you can tell that Laurie has been busy. 

Charity earrings donation of hand made jewelry

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 Februaryr 20th 2008 or until we run out of that item. 

6mm Swarovski Violet Crystal Bicone Beads

6mm Swarovski, Bicone, Violet Crystal Beads 
Sale Priced $2.40 per package of 12 beads

 6 mm Swarovski Garnet AB Round Beads 

6mm Swarovski, Garnet, Round Crystal Beads
Sale Priced $4.16 per package of 12 beads

Sterling Silver Thin Head Pin 2' Long
Sterling Silver Thin Head Pin 2" Long
Sale Priced $2.64 per package of 10.

Sterling Silver Lever-Back Ear Clips

Sterling Silver Lever Back Ear Clips
Sale Priced $2.80 per package of 1 pair

Silver Magnetic Clasp

Silver-plated 8mm Magnetic Clasp 
Sale Priced $2.48 per package of 1 clasp

20 Gauge Natural Silver Artistic Wire

20G Natural Silver Artistic Wire
$3.20 for an 18' Spool
(This wire has an anti-tarnish, enamel coating.)

Free Instructions for 2 Strand Jewelry Wire & Beads Bracelet Jewelry Making ProjectFree Jewelry Making Design:

With every newsletter we provide a new jewelry design from WigJig University to spur the creative juices.  The new design for this newsletter is the design for the 2 Strand Jewelry Wire & Beads Bracelet shown at right and below.  This is an advanced beginner's jewelry making project and involves both stringing beads on Soft Flex, using crimp beads and making wire components on our WigJig tools. 

For this project, we made the two end wire components, the spacer bar and the clasp out of 20 gauge wire using patterns on our WigJig Delphi or Centaur.  The patterns we used are perfect for using 6mm beads.   The beads were strung on size .019 Soft Flex. 

From a technical perspective, we really like the way the clasp is integrated into the end wire components and the fact that the end wire components are wrapped closed so that the bracelet is both strong and permanent.  From an artistic perspective, we like the way the Swarovski Crystal Peals look when contracted with the Swarovski Round Sapphire Crystal beads.  We hope you like it also. 

 2 Strand Jewelry Wire and Beads Earrings

To view our free instructions for how to make these 2 Strand Jewelry Wire & Beads Bracelet select here, or select either picture above.

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. 

Free Instructions in Beginner's Jewelry Wire Clasp Jewelry Making ProjectCurrent Jewelry Making Technique:

This week's jewelry making technique is a discussion on how to make the beginner's clasp used in our 2 Strand Bracelet shown above.  You can view this clasp at right.  Making this clasp is a beginner's jewelry making project.  For those readers who like to make their own findings, this is an excellent project.  Please select the picture above-right, or select here to view our free instructions for making this beginner's clasp.   In our next newsletter,Free Instructions for Heart Wire and Beads Earrings Jewelry Making Projectwe will add directions to make a slightly more advanced clasp. Bead Still My Heart Wire & Beads Earrings Jewelry Making Project

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

This week's featured design in our Nostalgia Corner is the design for our Bead Still My Heart Earrings shown at right.    With Valentines day just about a month away, now is the time to make your earrings for Valentines day.  This is a beginners jewelry making project.   Whether you use red wire as shown at right or silver or gold-filled wire as shown at left, these earrings are certain to get noticed on Valentines day. 

Please select here, or select either picture to view our free instructions for making our Bead Still My Heart Jewelry Wire & Beads Earrings Project shown here.


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