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2004 Sep 05

WigJig Jewelry Tools Presents our Jewelry Making Newsletter for 9/05/2004

New Beads Coming Soon:
We anticipate having Czech Pony Beads for sale starting with our next newsletter.  These beads are cylindrical in 6mm and 9mm sizes with a larger center hole and are excellent for use with hemp, leather or satin cord.

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.  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 September 17, 2004. 

Free Jewelry Making Design:

With every newsletter we provide a free jewelry design from WigJig University to spur the creative juices.  This newsletter's free design is the design for the Pearls with Crystal and Semi-Precious Stones necklace.  The center portion for this necklace is shown at right.  This jewelry design is a bead stringing project using Soft Flex or Soft Touch bead stringing wire.  The design shown at right was made with jade beads, but this design can be made equally easily with any colored beads, including other semi-precious stones or round glass crystal beads.  Select either the picture or the title at right to view this jewelry making project.  You can view a larger picture of this necklace here.

Pearl Beads, Jade Beads and Crystal Beads Necklace
Pearls, Jade and Crystal Necklace Made using common beadstringing 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 jewelry technique is the technique for making a wire component to hold a security badge.  In today's security conscious environment many people are wearing security badges.  The wire component shown upper right is made to hold the badge by opening both loops at the bottom and inserting the wire into the rectangular slot used to hold the badge.  Once the badge is inserted onto  both loops, you then close the loops.  (The technique for opening and closing loops in jewelry wire is discussed here.

The badge holder wire component is made on the WigJig Olympus, Olympus Lite or Delphi using two 1/4" Super Pegs and the peg pattern shown at lower right.  4 inches of 18 gauge wire are required.  Set up the pegs as shown then wrap the wire around the pegs in the sequence shown.  Remove this wire component from the jig and cut the excess wire.  At this point, the wire is functionally the same as the wire shown in Step 10 on our Beaded Wire Chandelier EarringsFollow step 11 and 12 from these same directions to convert the wire component into its finished shape.  You may require a figure 8 connector to connect this wire component to your badge lanyard and have the badge hang straight.  You can view instructions for making a figure 8 connector using common jewelry tools here

Badge Holder made out of jewelry wire using WigJig jewelry tools.
Badge Holder

Pattern for making badge holder using WigJig jewelry tools to shape jewelry wire.

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