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2008 Sep 30

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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Green Tourmaline Jewelry Making GemstoneBirthstone for October:   The birthstone for October is the Tourmaline.  Tourmaline can come in many colors, but is best know in the pink and green colors.  In our Internet store we sell man-made green tourmaline shown at right.  Tourmaline has a hardness of 7 to 7.5 which is the same as sand and for this reason, we do not recommend tourmaline for rings or bracelets as this jewelry may get more abrasion than necklaces and earrings.  Because tourmaline is relatively soft, it may be susceptible to abrasion from dust or sand.  Please select  here for more information on tourmaline.



Necklace Made with Pinch Bail Jewelry Making FindingNew Jewelry Making Items:

We have added  several new jewelry making findings called aEarings Made with Pinch Bail Jewelry Making Findingbail.  These findings are also called an ice pick bail or a pinch bail.  A bail is used to make a large gemstone into a pendant or earring body connecting between the chain or ear wire and the gemstone itself.  You can view a picture of a bail being used to make a pendant necklace at right.  The bail is used by inserting the prongs in the bail finding into the hole in a gemstone front and back and then squeezing the bail closed.  In our jewelry making techniques section of this newsletter, below, we will show how to use a pinch bail to make necklaces and earrings.  Please select any picture to view instructions for making those earrings or pendants using common jewelry tools

Item 3435 Pinch Bail Jewelry Making Finding Gold-Filled Item 3436 Pinch Bail Jewelry Making Finding Gold-Filled Item 3437 Pinch Bail Jewelry Making Finding Gold-Filled

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

4mm Swarovski Round Sapphire Beads

4mm Swarovski Round Sapphire Beads 
Sale Priced $2.55 per package of 12

 6mm Swarovski Crystal Amethyst Round Beads

6mm Swarovski Round Amethyst Beads
Sale Priced $3.83 per package of 12 beads

6mm White 1/2 Drilled Freshwater Pearl Grade AAA   6mm Earring Post Sterling Silver  

6mm 1/2 Drilled Freshwater Pearls Grade AAA
Sale Priced $9.09 per package of 2 Pearls

Sterling Earring Post for 1/2 Drilled 6mm Pearls
Sale Priced $1.11 per pair

Medium Sterling Silver Bail

Medium Sterling Silver Bail
Sale Priced $2.07 per package of 4

Leatherette Box for Earrings

Leatherette Gift Box for Earrings
Sale Priced $1.59 per box

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.)

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 four new earrings based upon our Double Spirals wire component.  We provided instructions earlier on how to make the Double Spirals Bracelet.  We have just added how to make four different earrings using the same double spirals wire component, but different connectors between that wire component and your ear wire.  You can view the four different earring designs below.  All four designs are advanced beginner's projects.  If you can use our WigJig tools and a Spiral Maker to make the double spiral wire component you will find that making these earrings is easy. 

Double Spiral Wire & Beads Earrings Jewelry Making Project Design 1 Double Spiral Wire & Beads Earrings Jewelry Making Project Double Spiral Wire & Beads Earrings Jewelry Making Project Design 3 Double Spiral Wire & Beads Earrings Jewelry Making Project Design 4

To view our free instructions for how to make these new earring designs using our WigJig jewelry tools select here, or select any 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. 

Earings Made with Pinch Bail Jewelry Making FindingJewelry Making Technique:

This week's jewelry making technique is our new instructions for how to use a pinch bail to make gemstone earrings.  This may be one of our easiest jewelry making projects.  In fact, if you can open and close a loop using bent chain nose pliers and you can squeeze a lemon, you can make these earrings.  The pinch bail finding is called by that name because all Using a Pinch Bail Jewelry Making Findingyou have to do to use the finding is position it properly and then pinch it closed.  The picture at left shows how the bailUsing a Pinch Bail Jewelry Making Finding looks when in position on a gemstone.  The picture at right shows a bail by itself.  In the picture at right, you can view the two prongs on the bail finding.  These two prongs are positioned into the holes in a gemstone that has front-to-back holes and then pinched closed.  You can use just your fingers to pinch the bail closed.  Some people may find that using nylon jaw pliers makes it easier for them to pinch the bail closed.  The one caveat is to pinch slowly so that the Pinch Bail Necklace Jewelry Making Findingfinding doesn't get bent out of shape. 

The gemstones in our Internet store that work best with the pinch bail finding are our 18mm flat pear cubic zirconia gemstones, item 3388 in pinkitem 3389 in clear,item 3390 in champagneitem 3391 in reditem 3392 in lavenderitem 3393 in golden yellowitem 3394 in amethyst and item 3395 in olive green

Please select any picture above or select here to view our free instructions for making jewelry using bail findings.   

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

Making a Necklace with 1/2 Drilled Pearl BeadsMaking Jewelry with 1/2 Drilled Pearl BeadsThis week's featured design in our Nostalgia Corner is the design for making jewelry with 1/2 drilled pearls.  With Christmas coming, it is time to begin thinking about some inexpensive and easy to make jewelry projects to give as gifts.  These pearl bead projects could not be easier.  If you can use glue, you can make this jewelry.  All that is required is to apply jeweler's cement (item 0359 in our Internet Store) to the post on the jewelry finding and then slide the 1/2 drilled pearl onto the post.  You will need to allow 30 minutes to an hour for this glue to fully set.  When you are done, you can begin wearing your new pearl jewelry. 

This week we have real 1/2 drilled, white Grade AAA freshwater pearls on sale in a 6mm size for a discount of 30%.  Please select here to view these freshwater pearls in our Internet store.  These pearls work perfectly with our earrings findings item 3289 in sterling silver or item 3290 in gold-filled1/2 Drilled Pearl Beads Leverback Earrings Jewelry Making Project

Please select here, or select any picture above to view our free instructions for making earrings and necklaces using 1/2 drilled pearl beads.

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