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2004 Jan 11

WigJig Jewelry Tools Presents our Jewelry Making Newsletter for January 11, 2004:

International Gem and Jewelry Show, Tucson:
For those of you who will be visiting the International Gem and Jewelry Show in Tucson, Gary Helwig, the inventor of the WigJig, will be demonstrating our WigJig Products at the "Best Bead Show" in the Keno Senior Citizens Center from February 4th through February 8th.  He will showing jewelry made using the WigJig and will be happy to demonstrate how that jewelry was made.

New Jewelry Making Products:

We have added several new products to our Internet Store.  We now have four sizes/styles of gift boxes for jewelry.  Some of these boxes have clear lids which make them very convenient if you are trying to store jewelry, or sell jewelry.  The clear lids allow you to view the jewelry in the box, while protecting the jewelry from the tarnish that results from exposure to the atmosphere.  You can view these new boxes here.  We have also added26G Sterling Silver and Gold-Filled 1/2 hard, round wire in a 1/2 ounce package. 


We update the items we have "On Sale" with every newsletter.  A small sample of the products we currently have for sale at a discount are shown below.  Please click on any of the text below the pictures to view our entire list of sale items.  Quantities are limited for these items so please shop early.  This sale will be effective through January 23rd, 2004. 


New Store:
We now have an alphabetical index of our products.  This provides another way to shop in our Internet store.  You can view this Index here.     If you have problems placing an order, please call us at 800-579-WIRE or send us an e-mail  at with your telephone number and we will be happy to call you to take your order.  


With every newsletter we provide a free design from WigJig University to spur the creative juices.  This newsletter's free design is the design for the pearl, chain and WigJig necklace shown at right.  This necklace uses a WigJig component (shown below) as a yoke in the center of the necklace.  This component is made of 18G soft jewelry wire.  Soft wire is required because of the spiral in the piece. Select either the picture or the text below the picture to view instructions on how to make this necklace. 

Spiral Diamond Necklace made using WigJig jewelry tools to shape jewelry wire.

       Instructions for making Spiral Diamond Necklace using WigJig jewelry tools to shape jewelry wire.

 Spiral Diamond Necklace Made on 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.  You will need to scroll down to view the techniques section in each prior newsletter. 

Jewelry Making Technique:

This weeks technique is the use of Soft Flex and Soft Touch bead stringing wire.  The bracelet project shown at right shows how we can combine a component made on a WigJig with a string of beads on Soft Flex or Soft Touch.  Soft Flex is easy to use, but involves techniques that are different from using beading thread.  The following paragraphs discuss some of the aspects of Soft Flex that must be considered.

First, Soft Flex was invented to overcome the problem of breakage that exists in any beading thread.  With thread, the inside of all beads have microscopic peaks and valleys that act as a saw while the jewelry is being worn.  Over time, this constant sawing action, will ultimately break any thread.  Soft Flex overcomes this sawing action by using woven stainless steel micro-strands of wire bundled into a single wire and covered in plastic to prevent rust and provide colors.  For this reason, Soft Flex is very, very hard to cut.  This is exactly the property that you want in a bracelet or necklace; but it must be considered when you are making that bracelet or necklace.  Because Soft Flex is so hard, it will ruin most cutters.  The stainless steel in the Soft Flex is harder than the steel in an economy flush cutter.  For this reason, when using Soft Flex you should consider purchasing a cutter that is designed to cut Soft Flex.  In our Internet Store we sell two cutters that will cut Soft Flex easily, one premium and one economy

The next thing that you need to consider when working with Soft Flex is that Soft Flex and Soft Touch work better with crimp beads and Bead Crimping Pliers.  In the bracelet at right you should be able to view the crimp beads on either side of the WigJig component.  When done properly, the crimp beads hold the wire and won't let it slip.  The process for performing the bead crimp is described here.  The second of these two pages provides an animation showing how to complete this technique. 

We believe that Soft Touch (by Soft Flex) is the best bead stringing product on the market.  Soft Touch is the premium grade of bead stringing wire made by Soft Flex Company.  Soft Flex bead stringing wire, while not quite as flexible as Soft Touch is excellent for making necklaces and bracelets and will stand up to a lifetime of wear without breaking.  If you visit our Internet store, you will see that we have a sale on a 10 foot length of Bronze Soft Flex.  This package is smaller than the normal size and for this reason is a very economical way to try Soft Flex.  Good luck with your bead stringing projects.

Flemish Spiral Bracelet made out of jewelry wire using WigJig jewelry tools.
Pearl & WigJig

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