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2008 May 15

WigJig Jewelry Tools Presents our Jewelry Making Newsletter -- AKA Boomer Sez:

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Bead & Button Show June 5 - 8:  Gary Helwig, inventor of the WigJig, will be demonstrating making jewelry using our WigJig tools at the Bead & Button Show in Milwaukee, June 5th through 8th.  For people attending the show, he will be demonstrating at the Soft Flex Company booth.  You won't see WigJig listed as having a booth, look for the Soft Flex company. The show is held in the Milwaukee Midwest Airline Center; 400 W. Wisconsin Ave.  You can find information about this show here.

Country High School Making Jewelry out of jewelry wire, jewelry supplies and beads using common jewelry tools.California High School After School Program:  At WigJig we like to support charities and other organizations that make jewelry out of wire and beads.  This week we came across an after school program in the Country High School of Vacaville, CA that is teaching 10 Country High School Jewelry Made using common jewelry tools, jewelry wire and beads.High School girls with troubled backgrounds how to make jewelry.  The goal of this program is to teach the students how to use their creativity to make and sell jewelry as a way to improve their self-esteem.  We were able to contribute some samples and used tools and a few of our WigJig tools that had been returned to us opened.  Shelley Dally reports that the group is happy to accept donations of serviceable wire, beads and or used tools.  For anyone who would like to contribute to this program, please contact Shelley at SDally@VUSD.SolanoCOE.K12.CA.US  You can view pictures of some of the participates at work above-right and one of their jewelry projects above-left.  This reminds us of that old adage -- Give a woman a piece of jewelry and she'll be happy for a day, teach a woman to make jewelry and you'll save money for a lifetime.  Isn't that how it goes? 

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 per package of 2 ear wires and  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  for each SS Bezel Setting and
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.)

Triangle Links Jewelry Wire & Beads Earrings Jewelry Making Project made on WigJig jewelry tools.Triangle Links Jewelry Wire & Beads Earrings Jewelry Making Project made on WigJig jewelry tools.
Free Jewelry Making Design:

Triangle Links Jewelry Wire & Beads Earrings Jewelry Making Project made on WigJig jewelry tools.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 Triangle Links Jewelry Wire & Beads Earrings shown left and right.  These designs are a beginner's jewelry making projects and can be made on any WigJig jewelry making tool with three regular metal pegs.  These earrings were made with 10 gauge wire and 1/2 hard wire would work best if it is available. 

This design is one of several designs where we make two simple wire components and combine them rather than trying to make one more complex and difficult component.  The secret in making these earrings is how we combine the two triangular shaped wire components.  Please visit our instructions to see how easily these two triangular wire components can be combined. 

To view our free instructions for how to make these Triangle Links Jewelry Wire & Beads Earrings 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. 

Current Jewelry Making Technique:

How to Make a Bead Dangle Jewelry Making TechniqueHow to Make A Bead Dangle Jewelry Making TechniqueThis week's jewelry making technique is a discussion on how to make a bead dangle.  First let's define what we mean when we say "bead dangle".  A bead dangle is a combination of one or more beads on a head pin or similar wire component in a manner that allows the bead or beads to hang from a jewelry component like an earring body.  In short, a bead dangle is a way to use one or more beads to decorate a jewelry item.  Being able to make a bead dangle is probably the one skill that defines a jewelry crafter as an advanced beginner rather than just a beginner. 

A bead dangle comes in one of two styles.  You can have an open loop bead dangle as shown above-left or you can have a wrapped loop bead dangle as shown above-right.  There are advantages and disadvantages to both.  The open loop bead dangle is easier to make and for this reason may be more suitable for beginners, it is also easier to use because you can add it to a jewelry item at any time.  Unfortunately, an open loop bead dangle is not as strong as a wrapped loop bead dangle and for this reason may only be suitable for use in earrings where there isn't as much need for strength.  The wrapped loop bead dangle is obviously stronger, but is also more difficult to use because it must be positioned prior to wrapping the loop closed, and then while in position must be wrapped closed.  This can be difficult to accomplish in jewelry items with limited space.  Many people also find that the wrapped loop bead dangle is more aesthetically pleasing -- it just looks slightly better. 

Our technique for making the bead dangle requires a flush cutter, round nose pliers and bent chain nose pliers.  When you are making the wrapped bead dangle, we recommend using two pair of chain nose pliers.  The supplies required to make a bead dangle are generally just a head pin and one or more beads.  

To view our complete instructions for how to make a bead dangle, please select either picture above, or select here. 

Low Wall Bezel Earrings Jewelry Making ProjectNostalgia Corner -- Some of our favorite jewelry making designs:

Tanzanite Low Wall Bezel Earrings Jewelry Making ProjectThis week's featured design in our Nostalgia Corner is the design for our low wall bezel earrings shown here left and right.    We really like this design because it is a way to use a larger gemstone in earrings, but isn't something that everyone has or even sees every day.  These earrings are also very, very easy to make.  Anyone who can use a pair of chain nose pliers and can also pick up a toothpick, can make these earrings in less than 10 minutes.  We have the findings to make these earrings in 10mm and 8mm sizes.  Because the low wall bezel finding hides some of the gemstone, the size of the gemstone is minimized.  Phrased another way, an 8mm gemstone set in this setting will appear to be 7mm in size.  For this reason, we do not carry 6mm findings.  We do sell these earrings in a kit for $13.99 in 8mm gold filled or for the same price in 8mm sterling silver.  We really believe that this is a great way to get started making "More Bling for Less Cha-Ching" jewelry and is especially appropriate for people who sell jewelry.  We have a video on You Tube showning how to make these earrings that you can view by selecting here.

Please select here, or select the picture at right to view our free instructions for making our low wall bezel earrings.

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