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2009 Jan 13

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. 

Warren Shreve Jewelry Making Project 1Guest 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. 

Warren Shreve Jewelry Making Project 2 Warren Shreve Jewelry Making Project 3 Warren Shreve Jewelry Making Project 4
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 February 15th 2009 or until we run out of that item. 

Swarovski Rose Light Bicone 6mm Beads

Swarovski Crystal Round 6mm Beads

Swarovski 6mm Beads 
Sold in packages of 12
One color only per package. 

 WigJig Chain Nose Pliers Jewelry Making Tools

WigJig Chain Nose Pliers
Sale Priced $5.56

7x18mm Pear Cubic Zirconia Pendants

7x18mm Pear Champagne CZs
$4.79 per package of two

Sterling Silver Earring Post for 1/2 Drilled Pearls Jewelry Making Finding6mm 1/2 Drilled Swarovski Light Grey Crystal Pearl Beads

Sterling Silver Ear Posts and Grey Swarosvki Crystal Pearl 1/2 Drilled Beads
Sale Priced $1.11 per pair of Ear Wires 
or $1.35 per pair of pearl beads. 

Silver Plated Bali-Style Beads

8mm Silver Plated Bali-Style Round Beads
 w. Mirrors
Sale Priced $2.31 per package of 10

18 Gauge Natural Silver Artistic Wire Brand Jewelry Wire

20G Natural Silver Artistic Wire
$3.92 for an 18' Spool
(This wire has an anti-tarnish, enamel coating.)

Teardrop Jewelry Wire Bail Jewelry Making ProjectFree Jewelry Making Design:

Close Up of Teardrop Jewelry Wire Bail Jewelry Making ProjectWith every newsletter we provide a new jewelry design from WigJig University to spur the creative juices.  In our last newsletter we mentioned that we would be adding new designs for bails.  Since the last newsletter we have actually added three new bail designs.  The first two bail designs are round jewelry wire bail designs similar to the round bail we had as our technique in our last newsletter.  The third new design is the design for our teardrop jewelry wire bail shown at right.  The teardrop jewelry wire bail is the new jewelry design for this newsletter.  This bail is made for hanging larger pendant beads with either a side-to-side or a front-to-back hole. 

The Teardrop Jewelry Wire Bail is made using 22 or 24 gauge soft wire and requires one of our WigJig tools with a 3/16" Super Peg and a regular metal peg.  This is an advanced beginners to intermediate jewelry making project.  As with most jewelry making projects, this is a project that will require a little practice.  Try making the bail out of practice wire a couple of times before you graduate to using your good wire. 

We hope you like this design.   To view our free instructions for how to make this Teardrop Jewelry Wire Bail  using our WigJig jewelry tools pliease select here, or select either 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 Make a Small Round, Jewelry Wire Bail Finding -- a Jewelry Making SkillSmall Round,  Jewelry Wire Bail FindingThis week's jewelry making technique is our new instructions for how to make a small handmade, jewelry wire, round bail finding like the one shown left and right.  Please note that these pictures are somewhat enlarged.  The size of the loop shown at right is 3/32nd inside diameter and the pendants are 7x10mm in size.  This new technique shows how to make a bail that is compatible with smaller pendants.  The technique will work on beads with either a front-to-back hole or with a side-to-side hole. 

This project can be made on our WigJig Olympus, Olympus Lite or Electra using a single regular metal peg for the jig.   It is suitable for advanced beginners to making jewelry.  Anyone who is comfortableSmall Jewelry Wire Bail Earrings Jewelry Making ProjectSmall, Round Jewelry Wire Bail Finding Earringsmaking wrapped loops will find that they can make attractive and consistent bail findings using our instructions.  For these smaller pendants we recommend using 24 gauge half-hard wire.  (In our prior instructions for the larger round bails we recommended using soft wire, for this bail we recommend using half hard wire.)  

The pendants shown above are actually enlarged.  The pictures on the earrings, left and right, are close to the actual size.  They are our 7x10mm Pendants and can be found in our Internet store by selecting here.


Handmade Round, Jewelry Wire Bail EarringsHandmade Round, Jewelry Wire Bail Garnet EarringsHandmade Round, Jewelry Wire Bail Golden Yellow EarringsIn addition to our instructions for these bails with a small loop at the top, we also have instructions for bails with a 3/16" bail at the top.  The instructions are essentially identical with one difference; the instructions for the small loop use a regular metal peg for our WigJig Olympus, Olympus Lite or Electra, 3/32" in size, the instructions for the bail with a larger, 3/16" loop at the top use any of our WigJig tools and a 3/16" Super Peg.  With that one change the steps in making the bail are otherwise identical.  The pendants shown at right use our 7x18mm Pear Pendants. You can find those pendants in our Internet store here.

Please select here or select any picture above to view our free instructions for making a handmade, round bail finding using our WigJig jewelry tools.

Low Wall Bezel Earrings Jewelry Making ProjectNostalgia Corner -- Some of our favorite jewelry making projects:

Low Wall Bezel Earrings Jewelry Making ProjectThis week's featured design in our Nostalgia Corner is the design for making our Low Wall Bezel Earrings shown left and right.  This earring design is very popular now and is a great way to display colored gemstones.  We have a free video showing how to make these earrings. You can view this free video on the You Tube web site by selecting here.  

 Please select here, or select either picture to view our free instructions for making our Low Wall Bezel Earrings.

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