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2008 Nov 18

WigJig 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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Guest Jewelry Making Contributor:

Our guest contributor for this newsletter is Sanja Klajic of Sibenik, Croatia.  Sanja has made many jewelry items that combine products made with wire and wire coils made on the Twist 'n' Curl.  She uses coils made on the Twist 'n' Curl with colored Artistic Wire to add texture and color to her jewelry designs.  You can see several samples of Sanja's jewelry below.  Sanja can be reached atsanja.kljajic@si.htnet.hrSanja has a blog on the Internet at: .  Please visit her blog to view other samples of her jewelry.  Please select any picture below to view our wire twisting tools. 

Jewelry Made on the Twist 'n' Curl Jewelry Making Tool Jewelry made by Sanja using WigJig jewelry tools and jewelry wire. Jewelry made by Sanja using jewelry wire and WigJig jewelry tools.
Jewelry made by Sanja using WigJig jewelry tools to shape jewelry wire. More jewelry made by Sanja using WigJig jewelry tools to shape jewelry wire. More jewelry made by Sanja using jewelry wire shaped on WigJig jewelry tools.

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

Gold Foil Gift Box 2.5' by 1.5'

Gold Foil Gift Box 2.5"x1.5" 
Sale Priced $0.55 per box

 WigJig Round Nose Pliers Jewelry Making Tools

WigJig Round Nose Pliers
Sale Priced $7.96

6mm Bicone Violet Swarovski Beads

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

Stainless Steel Post with Ball Jewelry Making FindingStainless Steel Ear Clutch

Stainless Steel Post with Ball Ear Wire and Ear Clutch Finding
Sale Priced $1.43 per 2 pair of Ear Wires or $0.79 per 5 pair of ear clutches.  Hypo-Allergenic!

6mm Sterling Silver Snap-Fit Setting

6mm Sterling Silver Snap-Fit Setting
Sale Priced $3.35 per individual setting

18 Gauge Natural Silver Artistic Wire Brand Jewelry Wire

22G Natural Silver Artistic Wire
$3.92 for a 24' Spool
(This wire has an anti-tarnish, enamel coating.)

Triangle Jewelry Wire & Beads Earrings -- A Jewelry Making ProjectFree 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 our Triangle Jewelry Wire & Beads Earrings shown at right.  This earring design is a beginner's project.  Our instructions for making this design are slightly more detailed to help a beginner with this project.

One of the concepts of this design is that we have combined several very simple wire components to make a more complex shape.  We could make this same shape with one piece of wire, but that would be an intermediate jewelry project.  By combining four simple components we are able to make this relatively complex shape consistently and in a repeatable manner with steps that most beginners should be able to follow. 

This design can be made on any of our WigJig tools.  It is made of one wire component that is made in the shape of a triangle, with three regular pegs and two wire components that we call spacer bars that are made using two regular pegs.  These earrings can be made with 18 or 20 gauge wire, but for beginners, we recommend using 20 gauge wire. 

We hope you like this design.   To view our free instructions for how to make our Triangle Jewelry Wire & Beads Earrings using our WigJig jewelry tools please select here, or select the 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. 

Jewelry Making Technique:

How to Use Bent Closing Pliers Jewelry Making SkillThis week's jewelry making technique is our new instructions for how to use bent closing pliers to close a small gap in a loop or in jump rings.  The bent closing pliers that we show at right are item 4005 from our Internet store.  These pliers have a groove carved into the jaws of the pliers and this groove is used to hold a wire component in position so that you can gently squeeze a loop closed. 

Frequently, when you are making a wire component on one of our WigJig jewelry making tools, you will end up cutting excess wire from the end of the component.  When you make this cut, it is easy to cut slightly more than required, with the result being a loop that has a small gap.  It is always a good idea to close this gap, as it might snag on your clothes, or it may allow a component that is connected to that loop to break free.  Please select here or select the picture above-right to view our free instructions for using bent closing pliers



Making Queen of Clubs Earrings Jewelry Making ProjectNostalgia Corner -- Some of our favorite jewelry making projects:

Making Queen of Clubs Wire & Beads Earrings Jewelry Making ProjectThis week's featured design in our Nostalgia Corner is the design for making our Queen of Clubs earrings.  These earrings are very simple and yet with the right bead, can be very elegant.  This is an excellent beginner's jewelry making project and is in fact one of the projects that we recommend for a beginner as your first jewelry project.  Since we first posted this project, we have created a .pdf file of the pattern for the Queen of Clubs wire component on our WigJig Centaur that you can print and use to determine where the pegs go.  Please select here to view this .pdf file.  

 Please select here, or select either picture to view our free instructions for making our Queen of Clubs Earrings using our WigJig jewelry tools to shape jewelry wire.

One error that many beginners to making jewelry make is to try to make the design that they like the best as their first jewelry project.  Unfortunately, this often means that people try to make a project that is too complex for their skills.  This can result in frustration and ultimately quitting the jewelry making hobby.  To help mitigate this potential error, we have gone back to our Earrings, Bracelets, and Necklace project pages and added a letter code that indicates whether the project is suitable for beginners (B), for advanced beginners (AB), or for intermediate wire workers (I).  You can view these three pages of jewelry designs by selecting the links below:

Beaded Earrings Beaded Bracelets Beaded Necklaces

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