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 his work.
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Birthstone for August: The Birthstone for August is the peridot. Please select here to view more information on peridot gemstones. This month we are discounting our 8mm real, mined from the earth peridot by 20%. Please select the picture at right to view this product. Please note that these are real, grade AAA peridot gemstones and were mined from the earth. Finally, we ask our customer's to remember that wearing peridot gemstones was considered, in European Folk-lore, to give the wearer success, peace and good luck. Who can't afford a little extra peace and good fortune right now?
New Jewelry Making Supplies:
We have introduced two new products in the past month. The new products are two new cutters. Our first new cutter is a re-introduction of our Economy Cutter - WigJig. We stopped selling that cutter because we did not want our name on the economy cutters that most vendors sell. Now we have redesigned the spring on the economy cutter so that we are happy with the finished product. You can view this new cutter in close-up and see how we have replaced the wire spring on the old economy cutter with a metal leaf. Our other new cutter is our Flush Cutter -- WigJig with Magic Spring. This is a premium quality cutter made of specially hardened steel. This cutter shown below right has a spring, but the spring is hidden within the handle so it can't be viewed. We believe that this adds to the life of the spring and the cutter.
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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 September 30th 2009 or until we run out of that item.
Free 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 Milwaukee Jewelry Wire & Beads Earrings shown at left and right. These earrings are called Milwaukee Earrings because we perfected the design for the earrings at the Bead and Button Show in Milwaukee in June. We make a lot of jewelry, and sometimes we just run out of good, interesting names. In this case, the obvious name for us was the place where we developed the design.
This is a beginners jewelry making project and used our WigJig Centaur or Cyclops. Making these earrings requires the making of a pair of jump rings, four spacer bars and a wire component on our WigJig tool, along with making four bead dangles. Because there are four possibly new skills, this is not a good choice as your first jewelry making project. If you have a little experience and feel comfortable making bead dangles, then this is a great and rather easy project to make.
The design for the two earrings shown above requires making identical components on our WigJig tool, but assembles those components in a different manner, resulting in earrings that appear to be very different, but are made from identical wire components.
Please select here, or select the picture above, to view our detailed instructions for making the Milwaukee Jewelry Wire and Beads Earrings made using 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.
Jewelry Making Technique:
Have 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 sizes of loops that 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 wrapped loops. You can view the step jaw pliers at right. In the picture at left, you can view what we mean by a wrapped loop. This technique will help everyone to make these loops in a consistent size. (In our last newsletter we discussed how to make an open loop with the step jaw pliers.)
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 use overcomes the problems of the flat jaw of the pliers getting in the way. Since we discussed the approach to making an open loop in our last newsletter and this new technique for making a wrapped loop is very similar, we won't elaborate on the technique other than to say "Please select here to view our free instructions for making consistent wrapped loops using step jaw pliers jewelry tool."
Nostalgia Corner -- Some of our favorite jewelry making projects:
This week's featured design in our Nostalgia Corner is the design for making our One Piece Chandelier Earrings shown at right. The reason we chose this as our Nostalgia Corner design is that it is a good way to highlight the different techniques for making an earring body. In our new design for this newsletter, the Milwaukee Earrings, we used spacer bars to connect between a jump ring and the body of the earring. In this One piece Chandelier we use one piece of wire in a more complex manner to make earrings. Hopefully, our readers will see ways to adapt the use of spacer bars to an earring design like this one. We believe that using spacer bars will be an easier way and a more versatile way to make a chandelier earring.
Please select here, or select the picture above right to view our free instructions for making our One Piece Chandelier Earring.
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