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2003 Jun 08

WigJig Jewelry Tools Presents our Jewelry Making Newsletter for June 8, 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 June 8th through June 20th, 2003.



With every newsletter we provide a free design from WigJig University to spur the creative juices.  This newsletter's free design is the Easy Earrings shown at right.  These earrings are made using a metal finding called an ear drop and three head pins per earring.  Instructions are provided here for how to make these earrings using our WigJig jewelry tools, jewelry wire, jewelry supplies and beads or by clicking on the pictures or text at right.  These are easy earrings to make, hence the name.

Easy Earrings made out of jewelry wire, beads and jewelry making supplies using WigJig jewelry tools.

Easy Earrings Made using WigJig jewelry tools


Jewelry Making Technique of the week:

Our WigJig University wire-working technique for this newsletter is how to make an ear wire like the one used in the easy earrings shown above.  This ear wire is made on the WigJig Cyclops jewelry tool using the pattern shown at right.  As always, please remember that we only use the colored Artistic Wire for taking pictures.  Real ear wires should only be made using sterling silver, fine silver, gold, gold-filled wire or stainless steel.

Easy Earrings Pattern on WigJig jewelry tools.
How to make an ear wire using WigJig jewelry tools


Jewelry making question of the week:

How do you avoid marking the wire with round nose pliers?  This is an excellent question as many people do not realize that round nose pliers do mark the wire.  In fact, round nose pliers mark the wire every time you grasp the wire with them.  When making loops, one of the jaws of the round nose pliers marks the inside of the loop and the other jaw marks the outside of the loop.  Now the question is how to minimize these marks.  

The first thing to do to minimize the marks made by round nose pliers is to use that amount of pressure necessary to hold the wire fixed, but no more.  Do not over squeeze.  Second, knowing that the round nosed pliers make marks, try to limit the number of times and places that you grasp the wire.  If possible grasp the wire in one or two places maximum while making a loop.  

The last thing to do to minimize marks on your wire is to use alternative tools when possible.  Round-Flat Pliers and Step Jaw Pliers have one round jaw and one flat jaw.  The flat jaw is always on the outside of the loop and the flat jaw spreads the force used to grasp the wire and for this reason leaves almost no marks on the wire.  These tools can not be used for every function, but where they can be used they are worthwhile since they don't mark the wire.



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