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2004 Nov 01

WigJig Jewelry Tools Presents our Jewelry Making Newsletter for Nov. 1, 2004:

This is a very sad time for our company.  One of our founders, Glenn Helwig, passed away on Friday, October 29th.    Many of our customers have talked to Glenn on the telephone because he answered our 800 telephone number for years.  To us, he was a father, a partner and a friend and we miss him. 

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 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.  This sale will be effective through November 12, 2004 or until we run out of that item.  

Free Jewelry Making Design:

With every newsletter we provide a new jewelry design from WigJig University to spur the creative juices.  The new design for this newsletter is design for the necklace with pendant watch shown at right.  This necklace uses a wire component that we call a "Flemish Spiral" as the centerpiece and yoke of the necklace.  This necklace is about 28 inches long so that the watch pendant will be easily viewed by the wearer.  You can view our instructions for making this necklace by selecting either the picture or the name of the necklace at right.

This necklace project is an advanced beginner's project and uses 18 gauge wire, 22 gauge wire, 6mm beads, 4mm beads (optional), a commercial clasp and a pendant watch.  Beginners need to know how to make the wrapped bead link in order to be able to make this necklace.  (Instructions for making this link can be found in our online book "Wire Design Basics".) 

Necklace Jewelry Making Project
Flemish Spiral 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. 

Jewelry Making Technique:

This weeks jewelry making technique is a review of the technique for cutting wire.  We frequently get asked questions over the telephone about how to remove sharp ends from wire.  In general, we don't have problems with sharp ends of wire for several reasons.  First, we use a good "Flush Cutter" that is sharp. 

Second, we always orientate the cutter so that the flat side of the cut is on the finished jewelry component.  When a sharp flush cutter cuts wire, one side of the cut wire will be pointed or sharp and the opposite side of the cut wire will be "flush" -- flat and/or dull.  By orienting your cutter properly you can ensure that your finished wire component will have blunt or flush cut ends while the sharp ends of the cut wire end up in your trash can.

Third, in most wire jewelry components that we make, we leave the end of the wire hidden within the piece.  Many pieces begin and end with a loop.  In a loop you can not see the cut end of the wire because it is resting against the wire itself and effectively hidden.  In some other pieces, the end of the is wire is wrapped around the wire itself and is tucked into this wrapped wire by squeezing the end with chain nose pliers or bent chain nose pliers. 

The one exception to the above is when you are making ear wires.  When making pierced ear, ear wires, the end of the must be exposed so that it can be worn.  In this case, a tool called the cup bur is used to round the end of the cut wire.  Even for ear wires, you cut the wire so that the blunt side of the cut wire is left on the ear wire.  Then you round the sides of this wire by using the cup bur tool.  Instructions for using the cup bur jewelry tool to round the cut end of jewelry wire can be found here.  This week our Cup Bur Premium bits are on sale as you can see our our sale items above. 

You can find more information on how to cut jewelry wire with common jewelry tools including safety tips select here.

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