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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WigJig Demos at the International Gem & Jewelry Show in Tucson: Gary Helwig, inventor of the WigJig, will be demonstrating making jewelry using our WigJig jewelry making tools at the Best Bead Show in Tucson from February 4th through the 8th. The Best Bead Show is located at the Keno Veteran's Memorial Community Center, 2805 E. Ajo Way, Tucson, AZ 85713-6217. The show will be open 10AM to 8PM on the 4th (Wednesday), 10AM to 6PM for the 5th through 7th (Thursday through Saturday), and 10AM to 6PM on the 8th (Sunday). Please note -- Gary will be conducting demonstrations in the Soft Flex Booth. There won't be a booth labeled WigJig. You can find a map and directions to the Keno Veteran's Center here. If you are going to be in Tucson during the show, please stop by the Soft Flex Booth and say hello. Mention that Boomer sent you and we promise a smile in return.
Saving Money: During times like these, people tend to seek less expensive waysof doing things. One simple thing that people making jewelry can do to save money is to make your own findings rather than purchase machine made findings. Ear wires are a good example where everyone can make their own ear wires and save money in the process. Fortunately, you can make your own ear wires and use some creative ear wire designs that will add to the aesthetics of your finished jewelry. Personally, we tend to make our own ear wires for most of the projects we show on our web site. We think that this saves us money, it also allows us opportunities to be creative. (Making our own ear wires also saves us from having to plan ahead and shop for ear wires before we need them which is probably the real reason that we make our own ear wires.) Please select either picture above or select here to view our free instructions for making ear wire findings.
WigJig Shipping Charges: We have changed the way that we charge for shipping on our orders. For orders over $60, there are essentially no changes. We continue to waive the shipping charge as long as the total merchandise in the order remains over $60. For orders under $60 we have three tiers of shipping as follows:
Orders weighing less than .6 pounds we will ship the order via First Class Mail and charge $7.95 for that shipping.
Orders weighing between .6 pounds and 2 pounds will be shipped via Priority Mail and we will charge $10.95 for shipping.
Orders weighing more than 2 pounds will be shipped via UPS and the shipping charge for these heavier orders will be $13.95.
These changes were driven by two motivations. First, shipping charges increased dramatically this fall because the US Post Office stopped providing free $100 in insurance on Priority Mail Shipments. UPS charges also increased during the period of high fuel costs and haven't come down significantly as the fuel prices have fallen. Second, we want to make our shipping charges more fair based upon what it costs to ship an order via First Class Mail as opposed to Priority Mail as opposed to UPS. We hope to be able to continue to waive the shipping charges for orders more than $60, but we may be forced to increase the threshold for free shipping to $70 if the shipping prices continue to rise.
Guest Jewelry Making Contributor:
Warren Shreve was kind enough to share some of his jewelry projects with us. Warren asked for and received a WigJig Olympus as a Christmas Gift this past Christmas. Since receiving the Olympus he has made the jewelry shown at right and below along with many more pieces. Warren is a retired CPA living in Blue Springs, MO when he is not traveling with his Airstream trailer, or riding his Harley motorcycle. Warren is demonstrating that retirement does not mean retiring from an active life.
When Warren sent us pictures of his jewelry, we complemented him on the workmanship and asked him how long he had been working with wire. Our thought was that Warren had been making jewelry for years and just added the Olympus to his tool kit. We were very surprised to learn that Warren began making jewelry at Christmas. What is instructional here is how successful a newcomer can be making jewelry from the designs on our web site.