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2004 Oct 17

WigJig Jewelry Tools Presents our Jewelry Making Newsletter for Oct. 17, 2004

New Jewelry Making Supplies:

We now have sterling silver and gold-plated clip-on ear wire findings for customers without pierced ears. These are items 2986, and 2987 in our Internet store.  You can search on these item numbers to find these new products or click on the pictures below. 

Gold-Plated Ear Clip Finding         Sterling Silver Ear Clip Finding

Now Back in Stock:
We have been out of the replacement nylon jaws for our Tapered Nose Nylon Jaw Pliers (item 0904) for a long time.  As of this week, these replacement jaws are back in stock.  

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 5, 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 the Square Earrings design shown at right.  This design uses 20 gauge sterling silver or gold-filled wire and any WigJig to make the square wire component used as the ear wire in these earrings.   This design is easy to make and for this reason is a good design for beginners.  You can find instructions for making these earrings using our WigJig jewelry tools by selecting here.

Square Earrings Jewelry Making Project with Montana Beads Square Earrings Jewelry Making Project with Crystal AB Beads
Square Earrings 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 technique is the technique for making necklaces strung on leather.  First, a note about leather.  Some leather can contain chemicals used in the tanning process that are carcinogenic for children under 14.  The chemicals are apparently not carcinogenic for adults.  For this reason, if you are making a leather necklace for someone under 14, we recommend using the simulated leather product called Pleather

When making leather necklaces you will often string a combination of beads to cover about 3 to 5 inches.  These beads become the central focus of the necklace allowing the leather itself to show for the remainder of the necklace.  About 19 inches of leather is recommended for the necklace.  The beads chosen will need to have holes that are large enough to accommodate the leather, which is generally either 1mm or 2mm in size.  Pearls and Swarovski beads will not work with leather, but Lampwork beads, Pony Beads, Bali-Style Beads and our Paula Radke Dichroic Glass Beads will work well with leather. 

The leather can be finished in one of several ways.  You can use crimp style connectors to clamp to the end of the leather.  These connectors provide a loop that can be used to connect to a clasp via a figure 8 connector, a jump ring, or via a wrapped bead link, using wire and a bead. 

An alternative method of finishing a leather necklace is the cave man way.  Instead of using 19 inches of leather, use about 26 inches of leather.  Use the final inch of leather on each side to tie in a square knot.  This will make a 24 inch necklace which can be slipped over the wearer's head without untying the knot.  Direction for tying a square knot can be found here.

Select here for detailed instructions on how to make a leather necklace.

Leather Necklace with Beads Jewelry Making Project Clasp

Leather Necklace with Green/Black Beads Jewelry Making Project

Leather Necklace with Beads Jewelry Making Project Clasp

Leather Necklace with Orange/Black Beads Jewelry Making Project

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