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2008 Aug 12

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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Peridot Gemstones for Making JewelryBirthstone for August:  The birthstone for August is the peridotPeridot is one of the few gemstones that comes in only one basic color as peridot is found in many shades of green, but is always either lighter or darker green.  Peridot is one of the softer gemstones and for this reason, is probably not a good choice for use in rings or bracelets.  Peridot works best when used in earrings and necklaces which receive less abrasion.  The ancient Hawaiians considered peridot to be the tears of the goddess Pele.   This is because peridot is commonly found in lava flows from the islands volcanoes.  You can view our selection of mined peridot and peridot colored cubic zirconia here.  

New Jewelry Making Supplies:

We added many new types of silver-plated Bali-Style beads.  These beads are in the Indian "Criss" style with many layers of silver plated onto a copper base bead.  In general, these new Bali-Style beads are very high quality and quite an excellent choice.  You can view some of these new beads below.  Please select any picture to view that bead in our Internet store. 

Silver Plated Bali-Style Beads Round Swirl Silver Plated Bali-Style Beads Mirrors with Rope Silver Plated Bali-Style Beads Mirrors Silver Plated Bali-Style Beads Circles Silver Plated Bali-Style Beads Rope, Mirrors and Balls Silver Plated Bali-Style Beads Double Rope
Silver Plated Bali-Style Beads Rope Silver Plated Bali-Style Beads Balls Silver Plated Bali-Style Beads Balls in Star Silver Plated Bali-Style Beads 8 Balls Silver Plated Bali-Style Beads Double Snake Silver Plated Bali-Style Beads Snake
Silver Plated Bali-Style Beads Trophy Silver Plated Bali-Style Beads Pipe w. Snake Silver Plated Bali-Style Beads Pipe w. Double Snake Silver Plated Bali-Style Beads Pipe with Rope Silver Plated Bali-Style Beads S Hook Silver Plated Bali-Style Beads Bead Cap Crown
  Silver Plated Bali-Style Beads Bead Cap Circles Silver Plated Bali-Style Beads Bead Cap Circles & Bars Silver Plated Bali-Style Beads Bead Cap Mirrors Silver Plated Bali-Style Beads Bead Cap Spear & Circles  

One Maker King's Garden BraceletOne Maker Afghan Women's Charity:  In our past newsletters we have mentioned the One Maker charity dedicated to releasing Afghan women from poverty.  Jana Harp, the founder of One Maker spends much of her time in Afghanistan working with 13 Afghan women helping them to make and sell jewelry.  At right we show one of these 13 ladies making the King's Garden bracelet that One Maker sells on their web site.  Jana was kind enough to share one of the 13 ladies stories below.

"Shakar*, like many Afghan women, has suffered much in her 27 years.  At 11, she lost her father. A militant group then kidnapped her brother and forced him to fight. Her sister also died of cancer, leaving 2 children behind.  As a widow, her mom found it difficult to financially support her so she arranged for her to be married at 14. Shakar had her first child at 15. When her husband’s father died, he left 7 children behind. Shakar and her husband are financially responsible to provide for his mother and her 7 children. With four children of their own, they provide for 11 children in total, a heavy responsibility. Even so, she considers all these children her own and, even though they sometimes eat only bread and tea for several days, she has persuaded her husband to wait to have the girls married until later.  She knows from experience that life can be more difficult when a girl marries so young. She would like to send all of the children to school, but can’t afford to at this time. With her husband unemployed, she is the sole provider for 14 people. Shakar also struggles with health issues and, at present, needs a surgery."  * = Shakar's name was changed to protect her identity.  

You can visit the One Maker web site by selecting the picture above right .  Anyone who would like to donate can visit the web site or can contact Jana Harp at

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 September 1st 2008 or until we run out of that item. 

6mm Swarovski Bicone Amethystt Beads

6mm Swarovski Amethyst Bicone Beads 
Sale Priced $2.39 per package of 12

 6mm Swarovski Crystal Topaz Bicone Beads

6mm Swarovski Bicone Topaz Beads
Sale Priced $2.31 per package of 12 beads

Bali Style Round Beads with Circles 13.2mm

Bali-Style Round Beads with Circles 
13.2mm Diameter
Sale Priced $3.51 per package of 5

Garnet Ax Pendant Cubic ZirconiaX-Large Jump Ring Jewelry Making FindingGold Filled Ear Wire Jewelry Making Finding

Garnet CZ Ax Pendant with X-Large Jump Ring and Gold-filled Ear Clips
All the items necessary to make Ax Pendant Earrings as described below!

Bali-Style Round Beads with Mirrors 9.5mm

Bali Style Round Beads w. Mirrors 
9.5mm Diameter
Sale Priced $2.87 per package of 10

18 Gauge Natural Silver Artistic Wire Brand Jewelry Wire

18G Natural Silver Artistic Wire
$3.64 for a 12' Spool
(This wire has an anti-tarnish, enamel coating.)

Raindrop Jewelry Wire 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 Raindrop Jewelry Wire Earrings shown at right.  These earrings are commonly seen made in sterling silver in high fashion magazines and on movie stars on television.  They seem to be a current fashion trend.  We provide instructions for making these earrings in three different sizes with several different sizes of wire.  We strongly recommend that only advanced wire workers try making these earrings with 14 gauge wire.  For beginners, you should use 18 gauge wire.  At right you can view the difference in appearance.  The difference in making the earrings is that 14 gauge wire is much stiffer and harder to work with. 

These patterns can be made on any of our WigJig jewelry making tools and use a 3/4" Super Peg or a Spiral Maker to make the small size.  They use a 1" Super Peg to make the medium size and a 1 1/2" Super Peg to make the large size.  

To view our free instructions for how to make these Raindrop Jewelry wire Earrings using our WigJig jewelry tools please select here, or select the picture above-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:

Ax CZ Pendant Earrings Jewelry Making TechniqueLavender Ax CZ Pendant Earrings Jewelry Making TechniqueAmethyxt Ax CZ Pendant Earrings Jewelry Making ProjectThis week's jewelry making technique are some new instructions for making earrings from our Ax CZ Pendants.  We show three techniques for making these earrings ranging in difficulty from the very easy using jump rings shown near-right, to the easy using a figure 8 connector shown center-right to the only slightly more difficult using a wrapped link shown far-right.  The jump ring and figure 8 techniques are totally appropriate for beginners and allow you to make a pair of very nice earrings in 10 minutes.  The wrapped link approach is suitable for advanced beginners and is slightly more permanent.  If you want to make a quick, but striking pair of earrings, this project may be perfect.  We have these Ax Cubic Zirconia Pendants available in olive, amethyst, golden yellow, lavender, pink, clear champagne and garnet colors.  You can view our selection of the Ax CZ Pendants here

Please select either picture above or select here to view our free instructions for making earrings using our AX CZ Pendants using common jewelry tools.   

Jewelry Wire & Gemstone 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 Chain, Jewelry Wire and Gemstone Earrings shown at right.  This may be our favorite earring design and is made with 10mm and 8mm gemstones and our low wall bezel findings.  While this appears to be a complicated design, these earrings can be made by any intermediate wire worker.  The secret to making the body of the earrings is that we combine two simple wire components to make the earring body rather than try to make one complex wire component.  The combination allows the earrings to move where the two wire components connect and this motion adds to the striking effect of these earrings.   Remember, they aren't as hard to make as it might appear and no one will guess that you made them yourself.  Our niece keeps asking us to make more of these earrings because each of her friends wants their own pair. 

Please select here, or select the picture at right to view our free instructions for making our Chain, Gemstones and Wire Earrings using our WigJig jewelry tools.

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