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2003 Aug 17

WigJig Jewelry Tools Presents our Jewelry Making Newsletter for August 17, 2003

We are continuing to improve our newsletter, so please feel free to provide feedback at info@wigjig.com

JEWELRY MAKING ITEMS ON SALE:

We update the items 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.  Quantities are limited for these items so please shop early.  This sale will be effective from August 17th through August 29th, 2003.  Please note that we have the Large Round Super Pegs for the WigJig Cyclops or Delphi on sale for 20% off.  These Super Pegs were used with the WigJig Cyclops to make the Paper Clip Earrings shown on our home page and shown below as this weeks new project.

 

FREE JEWELRY MAKING DESIGN:

With every newsletter we provide a free design from WigJig University to spur the creative juices.  This newsletter's free design is the design for the Paper Clip Earrings shown at right. These one-piece earrings are made from 20G 1/2 hard Sterling Silver or Gold-Filled wire with a matching head-pin and beads. Instructions  for making these earrings using WigJig jewelry tools, beads and jewelry wire can be found here

Paper Clip Earrings made out of jewelry wire, beads and common jewelry making supplies using WigJig jewelry tools.  Paper Clip Earrings alternate view, made using WigJig jewelry tools out of jewelry wire, beads and jewelry making supplies.

Paper Clip Earrings Made using WigJig Jewelry Tools, jewelry wire and beads

 

Jewelry Making Tip of the week:

During the past week, I have received several questions about nylon jaw round nose pliers.  The companies that produce these pliers are doing a good job of generating demand for this relatively new product.  Currently, we do not sell this product for one simple reason.  We don't use them. 

We have tried them and absolutely don't like them for several reasons.  First, we find that the nylon is more slippery than regular steel round nose pliers and with 1/2 hard wire, it can be very difficult to maintain a good grip on the wire with the jaws of the pliers.  Second, our experience is that the nylon jaws have a larger diameter than the jaws of the metal pliers.  This is necessary because there has to be room for both the nylon and the metal core to the pliers that holds the nylon.  (The best round nose pliers have smaller diameter tips to allow making loops of all sizes including very small.)  The last reason is that we believe that there are better tools available, made in steel, to allow you to make loops with minimum marks on the wire.

The tools that we use to make loops are round nose pliers, round-flat pliers, and/or step jaw pliers.  Of these three, all will mark the wire, but the last two only mark the inside of the loop where it can't be seen.  The flat jaw of the round-flat pliers and of the step jaw pliers spreads the gripping force enough that it does not leave marks on the outside of the loops.  I personally use the Fine Step Jaw Pliers extensively since they allow me to make loops of consistent sizes.  The first increment on the jaws makes loops that just fit over Delphi pegs.  The second increment makes loops that fit over Olympus pegs.  The final increment makes even larger loops.  

The one technique where I prefer round nose pliers is in making a wrapped loop.  This technique can be done with round-flat pliers, but it requires a modification to the approach for making wrapped loops and I have been too lazy to perfect this modified technique.  Since most of the wrapped loops that I make are small and made with smaller gauge wire, the tool marks from the round nose pliers essentially do not show. 

WigJig Jewelry Tools used in making jewelry using jewelry wire.

Fine Step Jaw Pliers Jewelry Tool

 

 

Round Flat pliers jewelry tool used when making jewelry with jewelry wire.

Round Flat Pliers Jewelry Tool

 

 

 

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