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2004 Jul 25

WigJig Jewelry Tools Presents our Jewelry Making Newsletter for July 25, 2004:


In many countries we have reliable vendors selling our WigJig tools.  By clicking here you can view the international vendors selling our WigJig tools.  Unfortunately, we have not found a vendor in Canada.  We are continuing to search for one and when we have a Canadian vendor ready to sell our WigJig tools we will advertise that fact here in this newsletter.


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.  Select the picture itself to view that specific item in our Internet store.  Quantities are limited for these items so please shop early.  This sale will be effective through August 6, 2004.  



With every newsletter we provide a free jewelry making  design from WigJig University to spur the creative juices.  This newsletter's free design is the design for the Three Loop Earrings shown at right.  These earrings are a beginner's project using 18 G wire, commercial ear wire findings, head-pins, beads and 22 gauge wire.  Instructions making these earrings using our WigJig jewelry tools, jewelry supplies, jewelry wire and beads can be viewed by selecting either the pictures or the title at right. 

3 Loop Earrings Jewelry Making Project  3 Loop Earrings Jewelry Making Project
3 Loop Earrings Made on WigJig Jewelry Tools

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 weeks jewelry making technique is how to use Stretch Magic to make a simple bracelet.  Stretch Magic is great for making bracelets since it will stretch.  It allows you to make a bracelet only slightly larger than your wrist and yet still wear the bracelet by stretching it to get it over your hand.  The way to make a simple Stretch Magic bracelet is first to measure your wrist.  Cut a segment of Stretch Magic four inches longer than the length of your wrist.  Clamp one end of the Stretch Magic about 2 inches from the end. A plastic hemostat is a good tool to use to clamp the end.  Now string your beads onto the Stretch Magic from the opposite end until you have the length of your wrist covered in beads.  Once this is completed, it is a good idea to clamp the other end of the Stretch Magic so that you beads won't slip off. 

There are several ways to finish this bracelet.  The simplest way to finish this bracelet is to grasp both ends of the Stretch Magic in one hand and remove both hemostats.  Now using both hands tie a square knot in the Stretch Magic as close to the beads as possible. See the picture at right for how a square knot should appear.  Using Jeweler's Cement or other non-water soluble glue, place a drop of glue on the knot you just tied.  Once the glue is dried, cut the excess Stretch Magic, close to the knot.  The use of a drop of glue is very important as the Stretch Magic will not stay knotted with just the square knot alone.  Over time, without the glue, the knot will work itself loose and your bracelet will come apart sending beads everywhere. 

You can also finish a Stretch Magic bracelet by using Crimp Beads, Crimping Pliers, and commercial clasps.  After you have completed crimping the crimp beads it is also a good idea to tie a knot with the excess Stretch Magic close to the crimp and to glue this knot as described above.  For instructions on crimping using bead crimping pliers jewelry tool visit here.

Stretch Magic is an easy way to make a bracelet, but you must consider that the stretching property requires special consideration.  In particular, the use of glue to fix any knot in Stretch Magic is essential.  For other directions on using Stretch Magic, visit the links below:

How to glue knots when using stretch magic.

How to tie overhand knots with uisng stretch magic.

How to tie square knots.

Winter Dreams Stretch Magic Bracelet.

Bracelets with Stretch, Stretch Magic jewelry making project.

Square Knot Earrings made by shaping jewelry wire on WigJig jewelry tools

Square Knot

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