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2009 Jul 21

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 his work. 

 

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6mm Man-Made Ruby Gemstone for Jewelry MakingBirthstone for July:  The Birthstone for July is the ruby.  Please select here to view more information on rubies.  This month we are discounting our 6mm man-made rubies by 20%.  Please select the picture at right to view this product.  Please note that these man-made rubies are chemically identical to mined rubies.  The two differences that can be found between these man-made rubies and the mined is that the man-made rubies are free of the microscopic imperfections that exist in almost all mined rubies and the price for these man-made rubies are dramatically less than a mined ruby. 

New Jewelry Making Supplies:

We have introduced many new products in the past month.  These new products fall into two categories.  First, we have 10 new larger, tumble agate beads.  These gemstone beads are between 15mm and 30 mm in size (roughly 1/2 inch to 1 1/4 inch).  The shape of these gemstones is irregular and they are all polished to a shiny finish.  They come strung in a strand 8 inches long.  These are grade A beads.  If you like larger, irregular shaped gemstone beads, these may be perfect for you.  You can view these tumble agate beads below.  We have limited supplies of these beads right now, so we may sell out of some colors.  We will re-order any that become out of stock.  Please select any picture below to view that item in our Internet store. 

Tumble Agate Gemstone Gray Tumble Agate Gemstone White Tumble Agate Gemstone Carnelian Tumble Agate Gemstone N.D. Tumble Agate Gemstone Crystal
Tumble Agate Gemstone Blood Green Tumble Agate Gemstone Red Jasper Tumble Agate Gemstone Black Tumble Agate Gemstone Moss Green Jewelry Making Supplies

We have also added five new Miyuki Seed Bead items.  They are size 6 and size 8 Miyuki brand seed beads packaged in 20 gram tubes.  Miyuki Seed Beads are slightly higher quality and slightly higher price per individual bead than our Czech seed beads; but, because these seed beads are packaged in 20 gram tubes, they may be less expensive per package and more convenient to use than our Czech seed beads (sold by the hank or 1/2 hank).  You can view our new selection of these Miyuki seed beads below. 

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 August 30th 2009 or until we run out of that item. 


Swarovski Sapphire 4mm Round, Faceted Beads
Swarovski 4mm Round Sapphire Beads 
$2.55 per package of 12 beads. 

Swarovski Crystal Round 6mm Beads
Swarovski 6mm Crystal AB Bicone  Beads
$2.71 per package of 12 beads.

Swarovski Crystal Round 4mm Topaz Beads
Swarovski 4mm Round Topaz Beads
$2.55 per package of 12 beads.

 Nylon Jaw Pliers WigJig Jewelry Making Tools
Nylon Jaw Pliers by WigJig
Sale Priced $10.36 
 


8.5mm Silver Plated Bali-Style Bead Cap6mm Bali-Style Rondelle Beads

8.5mm Silver-Plated Bali-Style Bead Cap
6mm Bali-Style Rondelle  

$1.35 per 10 bead caps or 
$1.43 per 12 Rondelles.  
 

8mm Silver-Plated Magnetic Clasp Jewelry Making FindingSterling Silver Earring Post with Loop Jewelry Making Finding

Silver-Plated 8mm Magnetic Clasp and 
Sterling Silver Ear Posts with Ball

Sale priced $2.47 per clasp 
or $3.11 per two pair of ear posts.  
 


Soft Flex Jewelry Making Wire

.019 Silver Soft Touch
Bead Stringing Wire 3' Long
Sale Priced $1.43 per 3' strand.
This is an inexpensive way to get started using
Soft Touch, the most flexible and most natural bead stringing wire.  
 

20 Gauge Non-Tarnish Silver Jewelry Wire

26G Non-Tarnish Silver, Silver-Plated Wire
$3.92 for a 45' Spool
(This wire resists tarnish.)

 


3 Stars Jewelry Wire Necklace Jewelry Making ProjectsFree Jewelry Making Design:

With every newsletter we provide a new jewelry design from WigJig University to spur the creative juices.  This week's new design is our design for the 3 Stars Jewelry Wire and Beads Necklace shown at right.  This necklace was used in our June advertisement in the Bead Style Magazine and received a lot of comments.  For that reason, we are now publishing our instructions on how to make the necklace and the matching earrings. 

This is an intermediate jewelry making project and requires our WigJig Cyclops plus 18 regular metal pegs for the Cyclops.  (Since the Cyclops only comes with 10 regular metal pegs, you may need to purchase more pegs if the Cyclops is your only jig.) 

There are three wire components in this necklace, made using three different peg patterns on the Cyclops.  These three wire components are connected together using wire and wrapped bead links.  The three interconnected wire components make the center-piece or yoke of the necklace.  The two sides of the necklace are made by stringing beads onto bead stringing wire.  Ultimately, you will string about 10 inches of beads on either side of the largest of the three wire components and then add a clasp. 

Please select here, or select the picture above, to view our detailed instructions for making the Three Stars Jewelry Wire and Beads Necklace made on our WigJig jewelry tools.

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. 

Step Jaw Pliers Jewelry Making ToolJewelry Making Technique:

Open Loop Jewelry Making TechniqueHave you ever looked at a piece of hand-made jewelry and noticed that each of the loops in the jewelry item were slightly different?  Being more consistent in the loops you make is just one step in making more professional quality jewelry.  This week's jewelry making technique is a discussion of how to use Step Jaw Pliers to make more consistent open loops.  You can view the step jaw pliers at right.  In the picture at left, you can view what we mean by an open loop.  This technique will help everyone to make these loops in a consistent size. 

Using the step jaw pliers requires a different approach to making a loop because the flat jaw of the step jaw pliers can interfere with making the loop.  The technique that we will describe here overcomes the problems of the flat jaw of the pliers getting in the way.  Step 1 in making the open loop is to grasp the wire using your bent chain nose pliers and make a 90 degree bend.  Step 2 calls for grasping the wire as close to the 90 degree bend as possible, but on the short end of the wire.  In step 3, you need to bend the wire about 30 degrees back toward the 90 degree bend.  In step 4, you bend the short wire tail around the round jaw of the step jaw pliers.  You won't be able to complete the loop because the flat jaw of the pliers will prevent it.  In step 5, you need to relax your grip on the wire and re-orientate the wire so that you can complete the loop.  In step 6, you push the wire tail the rest of the way around until the loop is completed and the wire tail is perpendicular to the long wire segment.  The final step in making this open loop is to first check to ensure that the loop is centered and then adjust by twisting the wire one way or the other until the loop is centered.  Once you have visually centered the loop over the longer wire segment, remove the wire from the pliers and cut the excess wire at the point where it starts to overlap. 


Using step jaw pliers jewelry tools to make loops in jewelry wire.


Step 1 to making loops in jewelry wire using step jaw pliers jewelry tools.


Step 4 to making loops using step jaw pliers jewelry tools
Step 2 to making loops in jewelry wire using step jaw pliers jewelry tools.
Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5

This is an abbreviated description of this technique.  Please select any picture above to view our more detailed description of this technique.  Please note that if you make the loop on the smallest jaw of our fine step jaw pliers, it will make a 1/16" loop.  If you make the loop on the second step, it will make a 3/32" loop, and finally, if you make the loop on the largest jaw of the pliers, it will make a larger, 9/64" loop.  The good news is that as long as you use the same step on the pliers, it will make the same size of loop. 

Please note that we only recommend the step jaw pliers with the flat jaw and the stepped jaw.  There are round nose pliers with a concave jaw and a stepped jaw.  We don't recommend that anyone purchase those pliers as we find that the edge of the concave jaw will scratch or mark the wire. 

In our next newsletter, we will describe how to use the step jaw pliers to make more consistent wrapped loops. 

Simple Jewelry Wire Ring Jewelry Making ProjectNostalgia Corner -- Some of our favorite jewelry making designs:

This week's featured design in our Nostalgia Corner is the design for making our Simple Jewelry wire Ring jewelry making project.  The reason that we bring up this project now is that this design is also a good design to use as a toe ring and summer is the prime time for wearing toe rings.  Making a ring like this requires a jig to set the length of the wire and a ring mandrel to provide the round shape of the ring in the correct size.  You will also need a nylon hammer to hammer the wire into the ring mandrel in order to get the round shape of the ring.  

Please select here, or select the picture above right to view our free instructions for making our Simple Jewelry Wire Ring made using our WigJig Jewelry Tools.

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