WigJig Jewelry Tools Presents our Jewelry Making Newsletter -- AKA Boomer Sez:
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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.
Birthstone 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.
Missouri 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 KidStore. Jewlery 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 email@example.com. We really appreciate that Carey chose to share this project with us.