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2003 May 25

WigJig Jewelry Tools Presents our Jewelry Making Newsletter for May 25, 2003

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We update the items we have on special sale pricing with every newsletter.  A small sample of the products we currently have on sale 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 from May 25th through June 6th, 2003.



With every newsletter we provide a free design from WigJig University to spur the creative juices.  This newsletter's free design is the Cage Dangle Earrings shown at right.  These earrings are made using a wire cage around a 6mm bicone bead and use a 2 inch head pin to hang the cage from the ear wire.  Instructions are provided here for making these earrings using our WigJig jewelry tools to shape jewelry wire or by clicking on the pictures or text at right.  This isn't a figure that can be easily made by a machine, so you won't find too many similar earrings.  The cage figure can also be used as a component in necklaces and bracelets.

Wire Cage Made using WigJig Spiral Maker Jewelry Tool

Gold Cage Dangle Earrings Made using WigJig Spiral Maker Tool


Jewelry Making Technique of the week:

Our WigJig University wire-working technique for this newsletter is how to smooth the ends of wire once it has been cut.  When cutting wire with a flush cutter, the first tip is to cut the wire with the flat side of the flush cutter toward the finished piece.  This is necessary because wire cut with a flush cutter will have one relatively flat (smooth or dull) side and one sharp side after the cut.  You want to leave the sharp side of the cut on the piece of scrap wire you throw away and retain the smooth side of the cut on the finished piece. 

For ear wires, even the flat or smooth side of the cut wire is not smooth enough.  Very small burs, or sharp pieces may remain on the wire.  To remove these small imperfections, you need to use a tool called a Cup Bur.  This tool is essentially a very small cup with diamond dust glued inside it to file the ends of the wire.  It is used as shown at right and twisted/spun by your fingers.  Twist the Cup Bur and not the wire.  It is also very helpful to twist the tool both along the axis of the wire as shown in this figure and at an angle to the axis of the wire of about 15 to 20 degrees all the way around the end of the wire.  Do this for about 30 seconds to a minute and you will be left with a very smooth, rounded wire end.  Just the thing for the end of an ear wire. 

The economy Cup Bur comes with one cup on its own wooden handle.  The Premium Cup Bur comes in a set of 6 cups but requires that you use a Pin Vise as the handle.

Smoothing the ends of cut wire using the cup bur jewelry tool




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