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:
This 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.
Nostalgia Corner -- Some of our favorite jewelry making designs:
This 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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