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2008 Jun 10

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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Bead & Button Show:  We apologize to everyone who went to the Bead & Button show looking for our WigJig demonstration.  Unfortunately, Gary Helwig was unable to attend for health reasons.  This was not something that we planned and certainly wasn't something that we wanted to happen.  We believe that the Soft Flex folks provided some demonstrations on how to use our WigJig tools and we hope that these demonstrations met everyone's needs. 

1/2 Drilled Pearl BeadsBirthstone for June:  The birthstone for June is the pearl.  As everyone knows real and cultured pearls are made by marine mollusks, commonly clams and oysters.  Real pearls result when an irritant like a large grain of sand gets caught in the shell of an oyster or clam.  The oyster rubs the irritating object against the inside of its shell creating over time the pearl.  Cultured pearls are created by manually adding a round glass irritant to the oyster's shell, artificially starting the process to create a pearl.  Pearls have been a recognized gemstone for a long, long time and for this reason, have quite a history.  To view some of this history, please select here.

New Jewelry Making Items:

We added two new items to our Internet store.  We have added a new sterling silver lever back earring setting for gemstones and we have added a new AAA grade 8mm freshwater pearl.  You can view our instructions for setting gemstones in our new Round Bezel Lever Back Ear wires by selecting here.  You can view either of these new products in our Internet store by selecting the picture or the text below the picture in the table below.

Round Bezel Lever Back Ear Wire Finding 8mm AAA Grade Freshwater Pearls
Round Bezel Lever Back Ear Wire 8mm AAA Freshwater Pearl Cream

Missouri Girl Scout Charity ProgramMissouri Girl Scout Troops 4367 and 406 Charity Project:  At WigJig we like to support charities and other organizations that make jewelry out of wire and beads.  This week we came across a Girl Scout charity program that was developed by Carey Hudnut.  Carey began by donating 40 pair of earrings and 10 bracelets to the Foster Care Coalition.  She expanded the donation by getting the Girl Scouts to help make more jewelry.  Here is Carey's description of the project:

The agency is called the Foster Care Coalition.  They help children in the foster care system in Missouri and in Illinois.  They operate a small "resale" shop.  Only foster parents may shop there.  They must bring proof they are foster parents on their first visit.  At the store parents can purchase clothing for garage sale prices, $1 for a pair of jeans for example.  The agency has to charge a little bit to cover the cost of the building they use.  The clothing is all donated.  The concept is that many children enter the foster care system with only the clothing on their backs.  Their foster parents must supply them with more clothes.  Foster parents only get $200 a year for clothes. 

Imagine having to purchase EVERYTHING for 4 seasons for a child with that much money.  Hard to do.  But they can get a lot at the KidStoreJewlery is a luxury item, but since I donated it to them they were able to sell it for 50 cents.  The small amount I sent them did not last one weekend in the store.

So I told my Girl Scout troop about this.  They had made some jewelry for another thing, nothing special, just some stretch cord bracelets, but they really enjoyed it.  So 1/2 of my troop and one girl from another troop formed The Jewelry Club.  The girls meet about every other week at my house.  They sit at my table, giggle (oh man do they giggle), listen to music, sing, and they make jewelry.  The girls range in age from 13 to 15. 

Their donations have been so appreciated.  A big batch of the jewelry recently was taken to a local orphanage and handed out.  The girls there had never gotten something like that before and when they found it it had been made by girls their own age they were even more excited to think someone cared about them.

There has been a wonderful side effect for my girls........I have watched my girls blossom under this project.  Their self esteem has benefited.  They take great pride in what they make.  In fact we photograph all their jewelry and each girl has her own "portfolio". 

They graduated from the stretch cord to clasps and one girl in my troop is an earring making fool (girl after my own heart).  I have really noticed a change in their attitudes since all of this began.  Since January the girls have made and donated 360 items, and logged 107 hours of service.  Not bad for 4 girls having fun on a Friday night. 

If you would like to contact Carey with questions about this project, she can be reached via e-mail   We really appreciate that Carey chose to share this project with us. 

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

GF Earring Post for Setting 6mm 1/2 Drilled Pearls8mm 1/2 Drilled Freshwateri Pearl in Cream Color

8mm 1/2 Drilled Freshwater Pearl Cream and Gold-Filled Post Style Ear Wire
Sale Priced $1.67 per package of 2 ear wires and $11.19 per package of 1 Freshwater Pearl


6mm Swarovski Crystal Round Beads Tanzanite

6mm Swarovski Round Crystal Tanzanite Beads
Sale Priced $2.55 per package of 6 beads

Leatherette Gift Box for Earrings

Leatherette Gift Box for Earrings
Sale Priced $1.59 per box

Gold Filled Magnetic Clasp Jewelry Making Finding

Gold Filled Round Magnetic Clasp 6mm
Sale Priced $2.71 per package of 2 clasps

Gold Filled Round Fine Chain

Gold Filled Fine, Round Chain 
Sale Priced $5.03 per 24" of Chain (no clasp)

26 Gauge Natural Silver Artistic Wire Brand Jewelry Wire

26G Natural Silver Artistic Wire
$3.64 for a 45' Spool
(This wire has an anti-tarnish, enamel coating.)

Pearl Beads Jewelry Wire & Beads Earrings Jewelry Making ProjectPearl Beads Jewelry Wire & Beads Earrings Jewelry Making Project
Free 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 Pearl Beads with Chain Earrings shown at right.  These earrings can be made with 6mm or 8mm 1/2 drilled pearl beads and with any medium chain.  They can be made with two pearl beads as shown or with three pearl beads, by adding another segment of chain with the associated pearl bead on the end.  The finding that we use to hold the 1/2 drilled pearl beads is our item 3325, the Gold Filled Bead Cap for 1/2 Drilled Beads.  (We have the same part on order in silver and hope to have it in stock in late June.) 

To view our free instructions for how to make these Pearl Beads with Chain Earrings select here, or select either picture at right.

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:

This week's jewelry making technique is a series of new pictures as part of our beginner's instructions.  The first set of new pictures is about cutting jewelry wire with a flush cutter jewelry tool and can be viewed below.

Cutting jewelry wire with flush cutter jewelry tool Cutting jewelry wire with a flush cutter jewelry tool step 2
Cutting Jewerlry Wire using Flush Cutter Jewelry Tool After the Cut

Our next set of new pictures pertain to straightening jewelry wire with nylon jaw pliers jewelry tool and can be viewed below:

Straightening jewelry wire using nylon jaw pliers jewelry tool. Step 2 to straightening jewelry wire using nylon jaw pliers jewelry tool
Step 1 (start with a loop in your wire) Step 2 (grip the wire with your nylon jaw pliers)
Step 3 to straightening jewelry wire using nylon jaw pliers jewelry tools. Step 4 to straightening jewelry wire using nylon jaw pliers jewelry tools.
Step 3 (pull the wire through your pliers several times) Step 4 (check to see if the wire is straight.)

Our final set of new pictures pertain to bending jewelry wire with bent chain nose pliers jewelry tools.  These pictures can be viewed here:

Bending jewelry wire using bent chain nose pliers jewelry tools Step 1

Bending jewelry wire using bent chain nose pliers jewelry tools Step 2.
Bending Wire -- Grasp the Wire Bending Wire -- Push the wire against the jaws of the pliers.

To view all or our Beginner's Instructions, please select here and follow the links on that page.

Nostalgia Corner -- Some of our favorite jewelry making projects:Tie Chain Jewelry Making Project

This week's featured design in our Nostalgia Corner is the design for ourTie Chain on Tie Jewelry Making Projecttie chain shown here left and right.    This tie chain makes a great father's day gift and is also a great way to keep your tie out of your soup.  This is a beginner's jewelry making project and can be made with any of our WigJig tools and one 1/4" or 3/8" Super Peg. 

Please select here, or select the picture at right to view our free instructions for making our tie chain out of jewelry wire shaped on our WigJig jewelry tools.


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