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2008 Apr 29

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. 


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Emerald Gemstone, the Birthstone for MayBirthstone for May:  The birthstone for May is the emerald.  Good quality emeralds are highly valuable for the simple reason that they are very rare.  Emeralds are more susceptible to damage and breakage than diamonds, rubies, sapphires or amethyst and most mined emeralds have inclusions or other imperfections.  Because good quality emeralds are so rare, they are the most valuable gemstone by weight.  Given that emeralds are vulnerable to breakage, they are not a good choice for use in rings.  For the month of May, we have our 8mm emerald cubic zirconia gemstones on sale at 20% off.  This is our item 3121 in our Internet store and a package of two 8mm emerald cubic zirconia gemstones will cost $11.99.  Please select here for more information on emeralds.

New Jewelry Making Supplies:  

We have added four new styles of cubic zirconia (CZ) gemstone pendants to our store since our last newsletter.  You can view the four new styles of pendants below.  Select any picture or name to view those items in our Internet store. 

7x10mm Cubic Zirconia Gemstone Pendant

6x9mm Cubic Zirconia Gemstone Pendant
18mm Flat Pear Cubic Zirconia Gemstone Pendant 18mm Cubic Zirconia Ax Pendant Gemstone
7x10mm Faceted 
Pear Pendant
6x9mm Faceted 
Pear Pendant
18mm Flat Pendant 18mm Ax Pendant

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 May 30th 2008 or until we run out of that item. 

SS Earring Post for Setting 6mm 1/2 Drilled Pearls6mm 1/2 Drilled Swarovski Crystal Pearls in Rose Color

6mm 1/2 Drilled Swarovski Rose Pearls and Sterling Silver Post Style Ear Wire
Sale Priced $1.11 per package of 2 ear wires and $1.35 per package of 2 Crystal Pearls

 8 mm Round SS Bezel Setting Emerald Cubic Zirconia Gemstone

8mm SS Round Bezel Setting with Loop and 8mm Round Emerald Cubic Zirconia Gemstones
Sale Priced $3.19 for each SS Bezel Setting and
$11.99 per package of 2 Cubic Zirconia

8mm Round, Swarovski Burgundy Beads

8mm Swarovski Round Burgundy Beads
Sale Priced $3.51 per package of 6 beads

Sterling Silver Filigree Clasp Jewelry Making Finding

Sterling Silver Round Filigree Clasp
Sale Priced $3.75 per package of 1 clasp

Plastic Hemostat Jewelry Making Tool

Plastic Hemostat Jewelry Tool 
Sale Priced $4.69 per bag of 5 hemostats

22 Gauge Natural Silver Artistic Wire Brand Jewelry Wire

24G Natural Silver Artistic Wire
$3.64 for a 24' Spool
(This wire has an anti-tarnish, enamel coating.)

Ovals Jewelry Wire & Beads Earrings Jewelry Making ProjectFree Jewelry Making Design:

Ovals Jewelry Wire & Beads Earrings Jewelry Making ProjectWith 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 Ovals Jewelry Wire & Beads Earrings shown left and right.  These designs are advanced beginners jewelry making projects and can be made on any WigJig jewelry making tool with one regular metal peg and two Super Pegs.  In the earrings shown at right, we used two 1/4" Super Pegs to make the earrings.  In the earrings shown at left, we used one 1/4" Super Peg and one 3/8" Super Peg.  Both earrings were made with 20 gauge soft wire. 

The gemstones shown at left are 2x18mm cubic zirconia pendants.  They are not glass.  This is important because glass has the same hardness as dust and can therefore be scratched by dust.  Cubic zirconia (CZs) are much harder than dust and therefore retain their shine better than glass.  You can view these pendants in our Internet store starting here.

To view our free instructions for how to make these Ovals Jewelry Wire & Beads Earrings using our WigJig jewelry tools please 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. 

Jewelry Making Technique:

Wire Wrapping a Shark's ToothSecond View of Wire Wrapping a Shark's ToothThis week's jewelry making technique is a discussion on how to wire wrap a shark's tooth or other triangular shape.  While we don't claim to be the world's foremost experts in the subject of wire wrapping irregular shapes, we have developed a technique that is suitable for advanced beginners to intermediate wire workers to use to wrap a triangular object like a shark's tooth.  This technique is a follow-on project to the wire wrapped pendant project that we described earlier this year and uses the same basic technique to start. 

Our technique for making a jewelry wire wrapped pendant is described here.  This technique involves making a spiral base with a long central wire using our WigJig Spiral Maker.  We suggest that readers visit our complete instructions for making the wire wrapped pendant to learn how the spiral is Wire Wrapped Pendant Jewelry Making Techniqueconfigured for the bottom of the wrapped stone or other object.  You can view a picture of the back of a wire wrapped object at left. This picture shows the spiral at the bottom and the long central wire of the spiral. This technique needs to be modified for a triangular object like a shark's tooth because the triangular shape won't be stable otherwise. 

The way we modify the technique is that instead of wrapping spiral coils of wire from bottom to top of the shark's tooth or other triangular shape, you would wrap the spiral coils 1/2 way up the triangular shape and then wrap the wire around behind the triangular shape Wire Wrapped Shark's Tooth Jewelry Making Techniquehorizontally to the 1/2 way point on the opposite side of the triangle.  In the picture at right, you can view how you would begin with the spiral at the bottom (point 1) and continue wrapping the wire to the 1/2 way point, point 2.  From point 2 to point 3 in the figure, the wire is essentially horizontal, behind the tooth.  At point 3 you change the direction of the wrap to securely hold the top of the shark's tooth and wrap up toward the center of the top of the tooth, point 4.  From point 4 to point 5, the wire is wrapped diagonally, behind the shark's tooth.  The wrap is completed by wrapping the wire from point 5 to point 6.  At point 6 the wire is bent horizontally and wrapped around the middle wire of the spiral, running up the center of the back of the tooth.  After this wrap is completed, the excess wire is cut and the cut end is squeezed flat.  At this point you would have about 1 1/2" of wire remaining from the central wire in the spiral.  This wire is first bent 90 degrees, then a loop is made at the bend and finally the loop is wrapped closed in the same process that we would make a wrapped bead dangle as described here.  Hopefully, these pictures and instructions will make sense. 

To view our complete instructions for how to wrap a triangular shape like a shark's tooth, please select any picture above or select here. Lisa's Jewelry Wire & Beads Earrings Jewelry Making Project

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

This week's featured design in our Nostalgia Corner is the design for our Lisa's Jewelry Wire & Beads Earrings shown here.  This design is similar to our Ovals Earrings that is this week's new project, but is slightly harder to make because of the wire wrapping around itself at the top of the earring body.  This design can be made on any of our WigJig tools and uses one regular metal peg and a 7/8" Super Peg or a Spiral Maker accessory to make the rounded shape at the bottom. 

Please select here, or select the picture at right to view our free instructions for making Lisa's Jewelry Wire & Beads Earrings Project made on our WigJig jewelry tools.

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