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2009 Mar 25

SpokesDog Boomer for Beads, Jewelry Tools and Jewelry Making Supplies by WigJig Web SiteWigJig Jewelry Tools Presents our Jewelry Making Newsletter for 25 March, 2009:

WigJig News -- 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. 

Here is what this means to you as a customer.  We inspect every tool we make.  We actually check every order we ship three times prior to shipping.  In spite of the fact that we have an active quality control process for both manufacturing and shipping, we still see a very small number of errors.  If you, as our customer, happen to receive the one out of about 200 orders that we ship with an error, we apologize and promise that we will correct our error at no cost to you.  If we happen to send you a defective tool, we promise to correct that, even if it happens to be a Lindstrom tool.  Errors are part of business and really can't be avoided.  We thank our customers for understanding this.  

New Jewelry Making Supplies:

We have two new items since our last newsletter.  They are our item 3443 and item 3444 10mm Swarovski round crystal pearl beads.  We haven't had a great selection of larger round beads and we are starting with these two beads.  You can view these new items below left and center.

We have also received a shipment of CZ gemstones from China that we will be adding to our inventory in about a week.  These new gemstones are 9x36mm cubic zirconia pendants with an .8mm side-to-side hole.  We will carry these pendants in nine different colors.  You can view one sample of these pendants below-right.  Please check for them in April.  

10mm Swarovski Crystal Pearl Beads

10mm Swarovski Crystal Pearl Beads Black
9x36mm CZ Gemstone Pendant
10mm White Crystal Pearl 10mm Black Crystal Pearl 9x36mm Pendants

Google Knol: The Google company has created a new service that they hope will ultimately compete with Wikipedia as an online encyclopedia.  Google has invited content authors to contribute articles on topics of interest to the Internet community.  The articles are called "Knol's" or units of knowledge.  We at WigJig have contributed our own Knol on "Getting Started Making Jewelry for Beginners".  We borrowed the title from the Division of Redundancy Division.  ;-)  This Knol discusses four techniques for making jewelry that are easy, quick and suitable for beginners.  It also provides links to instructions and to suppliers for the materials required.  Please select here to view our Knol on Getting Started Making Jewelry.  We think our newsletter readers will like this unit of knowledge.  

Swarovski Aqua Bicone 6mm BeadsBirthstone for March:  The Birthstone for March is the Aquamarine.  Aquamarine is a naturally occurring gemstone and is known for its blue color.  Frequently natural Aquamarine gemstones, mined from the earth, are treated by heating to a very high temperature to enhance the blue color.  Aquamarine has a hardness of 7.5 to 8 on the Mohs scale and is harder than most dust.  The largest natural Aquamarine every found was found in Marambaia, Brazil and weighed 242 pounds.  It was 19 inches long and 16.5 inches in diameter.  We sell both man-made aquamarine, chemically identical to mined aquamarine, and aquamarine colored cubic zirconia.  Please select here to view more information on aquamarine and a link to our selection of aquamarine gemstones.  

Browsing our WigJig Web Site:  From the outside it may seem that WigJig hasn't been very busy for the past several months.  We haven't published as many new designs as we normally would and this could lead one to believe we been loafing.  Actually, we have been very busy making changes that can't be easily viewed.  We have upgraded the software that we use for processing orders and we have updated our web presence.  We are moving to the point where we will have a server on the East Coast and another on the West Coast.  We now have the ability to move our traffic between these two servers with about 10 minutes notice.  We have also set up automatic fail-over so that if our primary server goes down, within 10 minutes our site will be back up on the opposite coast server without any manual intervention.  

This new infrastructure is not totally finalized as we are still making improvements.  For some customers, you may find that our "local" server may respond faster than the default server.  For customer's on the East Coast, you can try our East Coast server at:  You can visit our old web site on our west coast server at  Please remember that these two addresses do not automatically fail over.   If you are interested in how we built our redundant infrastructure, please send us an e-mail.  

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

Swarovski Topaz 4mm Round Beads

Swarovski Rose Round 4mm Beads

Swarovski 4mm Round Beads 
12 beads per package. 

Swarovski Rose Light Bicone 4mm Beads
Swarovski 6mm Bicone Beads
$2.39 per package of 12


WigJig Round Nose Pliers Jewelry Making Tools

WigJig Fine Step Jaw Nose Pliers
Sale Priced $10.36.  Save 20%

8mm SS Snap Fit 4 Prong Pendant Setting for Round Gemstone  8mm Round AquamarineGemstone

8mm SS 4 Prong Snap Fit Pendant Setting for a Round Gemstone and
8mm Light Aquamarine CZ Gemstones

$2.39 per 1 setting and $6.99 per 2 Aqua Lt. CZs.  

SS Earring Post for 1/2 Drilled Pearls Jewelry Making Finding
8mm 1/2 Drilled AAA Freshwaterl Pearl Beads

SS Ear Posts and 8mm AAA Freshwater Pearl 1/2 Drilled Beads
Sale Priced $1.11 per pair of Ear Wires 
or $9.75 per 1 freshwater pearl.  

These are real grade AAA freshwater pearls!

SS Bail for 1/2 Drilled 8mm Pearl Jewelry Making Finding

8mm Filagree Bail for Setting *mm 1/2 Drilled Pearls
Sale Priced $3.91 per package of 1 finding.

18 Gauge Natural Silver Artistic Wire Brand Jewelry Wire

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

Make pearl earrings and necklaces with this month's sale items!

Square Chandelier Earrigns w. Chain Jewelry Making ProjectFree Jewelry Making Design:

With every newsletter we provide a new jewelry design from WigJig University to spur the creative juices.  This weeks design is our Square Chandelier Earrings with Chain shown at right.  These earrings use 8 and 10mm round gemstones with our low wall bezel findings to make earrings that are very striking.  We use medium commercial chain to add interest to the bottom of these earrings.  This design is an advanced beginner's jewelry making project.  

While  this design is perhaps not suitable for your first jewelry project, it is an easy jewelry making project  This design is made using four easy to make components that are connected together.  This approach is often preferable over making one more complex component.  

We like this design because we think it is a way to make jewelry that combines gemstones and wire.  This design is somewhat unique and isn't like anything you would purchase elsewhere.  We hope you like this design.   To view our free instructions for how to make this Square Chandelier Earrings with Chain 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. 

Jewelry Making Technique:

How to Make a Jewelry Wire Spacer Bar, Jewelry Wire Finding -- a Jewelry Making SkillThis week's jewelry making technique is our new instructions for how to make a jewelry wire spacer bar like the one shown at right.  This is a relatively simple technique and can be used in making the bodies of earrings, or as a separator between multiple strands of a bracelet or necklace. 

  Please select here or select the picture above to view our free instructions for making a jewelry wire spacer bar finding.

2 Gemstone Earrings Jewelry Making ProjectNostalgia Corner -- Some of our favorite jewelry making projects:

This week's featured design in our Nostalgia Corner is the design for making our 2 Gemstone Wire Earrings shown at right.  We selected this project because it is similar to our new jewelry making project for this week -- the Square Chandelier Earrings with Chain.  Both projects are very nice and both use our low wall bezel findings to mount the gemstones.     

 Please select here, or select either picture to view our free instructions for making our 2 Gemstone Wire Earrings using our WigJig jewelry tools.


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