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2004 Mar 28

WigJig Jewelry Tools Presents our Jewelry Making Newsletter for 3/28/2004

JEWELRY MAKING SUPPLIES ON SALE:

We update the jewelry supplies 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 April 8, 2004. 

 

 
New Store:
We now have an alphabetical index of our jewelry supplies.  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 info@wigjig.com with your telephone number and we will be happy to call you to take your order.  
 

FREE JEWELRY MAKING DESIGN:

With every newsletter we provide a free jewelry making design on our website to spur the creative juices.  This newsletter's free designs are the designs for a braided wire bracelet and ring.  Instructions for these jewelry making projects can be found by selecting the picture or the name at right.  
 

WigJig jewelry making project made with tools, jewelry wire and jewelry supplies.

Braided Wire Jewelry

Past Jewelry Making Techniques:

We maintain a jewelry making 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 week's jewelry making technique is how to make a 30 inch beaded endless necklace.  This is a necklace that is long enough that it does not need a clasp.  There are two basic techniques for making a necklace that are described on our website -- the first is a necklace made with jewelry wire and beads and the second is a necklace made of Soft Flex or other bead stringing wire.  The following paragraphs will discuss these two approaches. 

For a necklace made with jewelry wire and beads, links are added to the necklace using the wrapped bead link described here.  Each link connects to the links on either side by the wrapped loop on either end of the bead.  Making a continuous or endless necklace is rather easy in this style of necklace.  Once you have completed 30 inches of necklace instead of connecting the last link on each side to a clasp, you just connect them to one another and wrap the loops closed.

For a necklace made with Soft Flex or other jewelry stringing wire, the technique for making an endless or continuous necklace is not as obvious.  The way this is done is to string your beads onto about 32 to 34 inches of your jewelry stringing wire.  To close this necklace, add a crimp bead to one end of the wire.  Then thread both ends of the jewelry stringing wire through the first several beads and crimp beads on the opposite end.  This should leave at least an inch of wire sticking out between the beads on both sides.  Pull these ends to close the necklace, making it one continuous loop.  At this point you use your crimping pliers to squeeze the crimp bead closed.  Instructions for doing this can be found here.  Finally you need to cut the both ends of the jewelry stringing wire.  Once both ends are cut, you have a completed necklace.  Please remember that special cutters are required for jewelry stringing wire, as this wire is made of steel and will damage jewelry wire cutters which are made for gold, sterling-silver, copper, brass and/or gold-filled wire. 

 

We are continuing to improve our newsletter, so please feel free to provide feedback at info@wigjig.com

 

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