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2009 Nov 05

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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Contribution to Race for the Cure:  WigJig contributed $486 to the Race for the Cure in October.  This represented $1 per order for a 30 day period.  For those who want to contribute to the Komen Foundation directly, you can visit

Blue Topaz Jewelry Making GemstoneSky Blue Topaz Jewelry Making Gemstone AAA GradeBirthstone for November:  The birthstone for November is the topaz.  Please select here to view more information on topaz gemstones.  We sell both mined blue topaz gemstones and man made simulated blue topaz cubic zirconia gemstones.  In the picture near-left you can view a mined Swiss blue topaz gemstone in AAA grade.  In the picture far-right, you can view a blue topaz colored cubic zirconia.  Please select either picture at right to view these products in our Internet store.  This month, we have placed our mined, 6mm AAA grade Swiss Blue Topaz Gemstone, item 3359, on sale for $17.88 per pair.  

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

Swarovski Amethyst Light 4mm Bicone, Faceted Beads
Swarovski 4mm Bicone Amethyst Light Beads 
$2.31 per package of 24 beads. 

Swarovski Rose Crystal Bicone 6mm Beads
Swarovski 6mm Aqua AB Round  Beads
$2.39 per package of 12 beads.

Swarovski Crystal Round 6mm Beads
Swarovski 6mm Crystal Round Beads 
$3.59 per package of 12 beads.

 Fine Step Jaw Pliers WigJig Jewelry Making Tools
Fine Step Jaw Pliers by WigJig
Sale Priced $10.36 

3x6mm Gold-Filled Beads Jewelry Making Finding  Gold Filled Round Bezel finding for setting 8mm Gemstones

3x5mm Oval Gold-Filled Beads or
 8mm Round Bezel setting for Gemstones 

$3.99 per Round Bezel Setting or 
$4.63 per 12 Gold-Filled Oval Beads


Blue Topaz Jewelry Making Gemstone

6mm Swiss Blue Topaz Mined Gemstone
$17.88 per pair.    
Birthstone for November.  Great Choice for
Christmas Gift!

Leatherette Gift Box for Earrings

Leatherette Gift Box for Earrings
Sale Priced $1.59 each 

20 Gauge Non-Tarnish Silver Jewelry Wire

20G Non-Tarnish Silver, Silver-Plated Wire
$3.92 for a 18' Spool
(This wire resists tarnish.)


3 Strand Jewelry Wire & Beads 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 33:1 Jewelry Wire ComponentStrand Jewelry Wire & Beads Necklace shown at right.  In this project, we make a 3:1 wire component that allows us to connect three strands of beads to a single clasp.  This 3:1 wire component is shown at left.  When the strands of beads are connected to the 3:1 wire component using crimp beads, this is an advanced beginner's jewelry making project.  In the sample necklace shown at right, we used a more advanced technique for connecting the strands of beads to the 3:1 wire component.  We will document this more advanced technique for connecting a strand of beads to a loop, in wire or in a clasp finding, in our next newsletter. 

This project uses 4 1/2 inches of 18 gauge wire for each of the 3:1 wire components.  This component can be made using any WigJig jewelry making jig, but we provide a template for making the wire component using the WigJig Centaur. 

Please select here, or select the picture above, to view our detailed instructions for making the 3 Strand Jewelry Wire & Beads Neclace 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: Bending wire for making jewelry for a left handed crafter.

This month's jewelry making technique is some discussion on how to follow our jewelry making instructions for a left handed person.  We try to describe our instructions using terms like "use your dominant hand" or "non-dominant hand" and perform the action described.  Our jewelry making instructions are good at avoiding descriptions that focus on using your right hand, we just discovered that we have a hidden right hand bias in many of our instructions.  In the following paragraphs we will describe two ways that the right hand bias impacts our instructions and how to overcome that bias. 

When we take a picture of an action performed with your pliers, we tend to show a picture where the pliers are held in our left hand and therefore the pliers enter the picture from the left side of the picture.  When we push wire while holding it in our pliers, a right handed person will normally hold the pliers in their left hand and push the wire with the thumb of their right hand.  The picture above-right is one of the few pictures on our web site where the pliers are shown being held in the right hand.  Please note that the picture above-right demonstrates how a left handed person would hold the pliers and subsequently push the wire with their left thumb. 

Peg placement for making jewelry by a right handed personWe have another right handed bias in the way that we lay out the pegs in a pattern.  We did not recognize this until very recently.  Shown at right is the way we recommend laying out the pegs for a right handed person.  If you are left handed, we would recommend transposing pegs 2 and 3.  In effect, peg 2 would be on the left and peg 3 would be on the right, while peg 1 would remain in tLeft Handed peg orientation for using a jewelry making jighe same position.  See the picture at left, for the left-handed peg pattern for our !Queen of Clubs Earrings.  The reason for this is that a right handed person should push and guide the wire with the tip of the index finger of their right hand, while moving the jig with their left hand.  By contrast, a left handed person should push the wire with the tip of the index finger of their left hand, while moving the jig with their right hand.  Because we flip the wire component over (mirror image) after every loop we make, a right handed person would make all their loops on the right side of the pattern.  By contrast, a left handed person should make all the loops on the left hand side of the pattern, still flipping the wire component over after each loop of wire. 

When making a series of loops in a line or row, around pegs on your jewelry making jig, a right handed person should have the initial loop on the left and add additional loops to the right side of the wire component.  By contract a left handed person should have the initial loop on the right and add additional loops to the left side of the wire component.  There is a simple rule that applies to almost all cases.  If you are right handed, add loops on the right side.  If you are left handed, add loops on the left side. 

Let us try to summarize.  When using pliers, hold the pliers in your non-dominant hand allowing you to push the wire with either the thumb or index finger on your dominant hand.  When making wire components on a jewelry making jig, hold and move the jig with your non-dominant hand.  Push and guide the wire with the tip of the index finger on your dominant hand.  If you are left handed, please remember that our instructions have a hidden right hand bias.  Please adapt our patterns so that you are making new loops on the left hand side of the wire component. 

Please select here to view a web page that discusses tips for using our instructions by a left handed jewelry crafter.

Nostalgia Corner -- Some of our favorite jewelry making projects:

Wrapped Chain Jewelry Wire & Beads Bracelet Jewelry Making ProjectWrapped Jewelry Wire Chain Bracelet Jewelry Making ProjectThis week's featured design in our Nostalgia Corner is the design for our Wrapped Jewelry Wire Chain Bracelet.  This bracelet project uses jewelry wire and hand tools to make a simple, but strong chain. 

We really like this chain because it is elegant and simple yet strong.  It is also very easy to make this chain in a consistent manner because we use our WigJig tools to establish a pattern. 

Please select here, or select the picture above right to view our free instructions for making our Wire Wrapped Chain Bracelet using our WigJig jewelry tools.

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