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2009 Feb 18

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. 

How to Unsubscribe:  If you signed up for our newsletter and then decided you don't want to receive it any more, the proper way to unsubscribe is to select the "Unsubscribe" link at the bottom of every newsletter e-mail or to follow our sign up link above.  On that sign up page we also provide a way for people to unsubscribe. 

WigJig Demos at the International Gem & Jewelry Show in Tucson:  We want to thank everyone who stopped by the Best Bead Show and said hello.  It is always nice to meet our newsletter subscribers.  The next show where Gary Helwig will be demonstrating our WigJig Tools will be the Bead and Button Show in Milwaukee June 5th - 7th.  This show will be held in the Midwest Airlines Center, 400 West Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee 53203.  Again, the demonstrations will be held at the Soft Flex Booth.  Don't look for a sign that says WigJig

Jewelry Making Classes:

If your local bead store is having classes in making jewelry using our WigJig tools, please let us know, we would like to list them on our web site.  If the local bead store isn't having classes, please ask the bead store to contact us at, we would like to provide them free information that would help them get started with classes.  We post all the locations where we believe that classes using our tools are held on our web site.  Please select here to visit those pages.

Guest Jewelry Making Contributor:

In this newsletter Janet Flaming is a guest contributor.  After 18 years of work in a busy law office, Janet Flaming gave her "creative side" a break.  She set aside one day a week to explore jewelry and beading design and not long after, her hobby became a growing business.  Janet lives in Houston, Texas and makes many items out of household objects with some wire and beads.  You can view several of her handmade projects below.  More projects can be viewed by visiting her web site at  Janet can be contacted at if you have any questions about these projects.  Boomer says thank you to Janet for sharing her designs with us. 

Janet's Joy Gifts made with jewelry wire and beads -- Condiment Set Janet's Joy Gifts made with jewelry wire and beads -- Small Cross Janet's Joy Gifts made with jewelry wire and beads -- Mini Trifle
Janet's Joy Gifts made with jewelry wire and beads -- Plate Janet's Joy Gifts made with jewelry wire and beads -- Small Pendant

Janet's Joy Gifts made with jewelry wire and beads -- Salad Set

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 March 15th 2009 or until we run out of that item. 

Swarovski Aqua Bicone 6mm Beads

Swarovski Siam Bicone 6mm Beads

Swarovski 6mm Bicone Beads 
One color per package. 
$2.39 per package of 12 beads.

 WigJig Round Nose Pliers Jewelry Making Tools

WigJig Round Nose Pliers
Sale Priced $7.96

8mm Gold-Filled Snap Fit 4 Prong Pendant Setting for Round Gemstone

8mm Gold-Filled, 4 Prong Snap Fit Pendant Setting for a Round Gemstone
$4.23 per package of one setting.  

Gold Filled Earring Post for 1/2 Drilled Pearls Jewelry Making Finding
6mm 1/2 Drilled Swarovski Gold Crystal Pearl Beads

Gold-Filled Ear Posts and Gold Swarovski Crystal Pearl 1/2 Drilled Beads
Sale Priced $1.43 per pair of Ear Wires 
or $1.35 per pair of pearl beads. 

Gold-Filled Head Pin Thin 2' Jewelry Making Finding

2" Gold-Filled, Thin Head Pins
Sale Priced $4.31 per package of 10

18 Gauge Natural Silver Artistic Wire Brand Jewelry Wire

18G Natural Silver Artistic Wire
$3.92 for a 12' Spool
(This wire has an anti-tarnish, enamel coating.)

Triangle Jewelry Wire Bail Jewelry Making ProjectFree Jewelry Making Design:

With every newsletter we provide a new jewelry design from WigJig University to spur the creative juices.  We have added to our designs for jewelry wire bails to hold a gemstone or large glass bead with the triangle jewelry wire bail shown at right and below.  We provide instructions for finishing this bail in one of two ways, with wire through a gemstone or briolette bead as shown at right and below-left, and with a round loop at the bottom to support a larger glass bead as shown below-center and below-right. 

This pattern of bail is made on our WigJig Cyclops or Centaur jewelry tool using the round pattern of pegs.  We recommend using 22 gauge wire for making the bails although the bails on the glass beads below-center and below-right were made with 20 gauge wire.  Approximately 4" of wire are required to make this bail finding. 

With this, we have run out of ideas of ways to make a bail finding.  In our next newsletter we hope to show some projects documenting ways to set a cabochon or other flat object. 

Triangular Jewelry Wire Bail Jewelry Making Finding on Gemstone Pendant. Triangular Jewelry Wire Bail with Round Bottom Jewelry Making Project

Triangular Jewelry Wire Bail Jewelry Making Finding with Round Bottom

We hope you like this design.   To view our free instructions for how to make this Triangular Jewelry Wire Bail  using our WigJig jewelry tools please 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. How to Make a Permanent Spiral Head Pin, Jewelry Wire Finding -- a Jewelry Making Skill

Jewelry Making Technique:

Permanent Spiral,  Jewelry Wire FindingThis week's jewelry making technique is our new instructions for how to make a permanent spiral head pin.  When making jewelry one of the tests we like to apply to every jewelry item we make is what we call the "Baby Test".  This test is simple, if a baby were to inadvertently grab the jewelry item and pull it, would it pull out of shape?  For most spirals the answer is simple -- yes they would unravel if a baby were to pull them or if they were to snag in a sweater.  We don't like to make jewelry that would pull apart, so we have developed a way of making a spiral that passes the "Baby Test" -- it won't pull apart.  We think of this spiral as a 21st Century Spiral as it is an improvement on the spiral that was first used in jewelry 1,000s of years BC. 

This spiral is a very good way to hang a large semi-precious stone, or a large glass bead made on a cane with a hole that is larger than normal.  Because of the way we make a spiral using our Spiral Maker, we are able to make a spiral with the center wire wrapped around the outer wire of the spiral and through this technique we provide the spiral with structural integrity -- it won't pull apart. 

Whether you are using a spiral as a simple decorative element like the spiral above-left, or you are using the spiral as the bottom of a head pin like the spiral shown above-right, our new technique for making a spiral may be just what you need for your jewelry.  Please select here or select any picture above to view our free instructions for making a 21st Century Spiral head pin finding using our WigJig jewelry tools.

Bead Still My Heart Earrings Jewelry Making ProjectNostalgia Corner -- Some of our favorite jewelry making designs:

Low Wall Bezel Earrings Jewelry Making ProjectThis week's featured design in our Nostalgia Corner is the design for making our Bead Still My Heart Earrings shown left and right.  This earring design is unfortunately a little late for Valentine's Day, but may still be of interest.   

This design used two 5/16 inch Super Pegs and two regular metal pegs and can be made on essentially any of our WigJig tools.  In the pictures here, we used chain to connect the heart earring body to the ear wire.  We could also have made spacer bars and a jump ring to replace the chain used in the earrings pictured.  

 Please select here, or select either picture to view our free instructions for making our Bead Still My Heart Earrings using our WigJig jewlery tools.


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