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2003 Oct 12

WigJig Jewelry Tools Presents our Jewelry Making Newsletter for October 12, 2003

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

New Jewelry Making Supplies:

This week we have many new items.  We have added a large selection of Paula Radke dichroic glass beads.  You can find these beads in the "Dichoric Glass "department in our Internet store. The two bracelets below were both made with these designer beads.
 Dichroic Beads bracelet made using WigJig jewelry tools.                        Purple Dichroic Beads Bracelet made using WigJig jewelry tools.

New Store:
We have upgraded the software that we use to deliver our Internet store.  The new software is more reliable and provides several new functions that were not available in our old software suite.  As in every change, the new store has a few disadvantages.  Unfortunately, the new store will not recognize customers from the old store during their first transaction.  After the first transaction, you will be recognized and the store should know your address information.  Please send us an e-mail at info@wigjig.com if you have any problems with the new software.

JEWELRY MAKING SUPPLIES 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 October 12th through October 24th, 2003. 

 

FREE JEWELRY MAKING DESIGN:

With every newsletter we provide a free design from WigJig University to spur the creative juices.  This newsletter's we are providing two free designs.  The first is the design for pumpkins shown at right. This design is hopefully in time for Halloween.  The second free design is Victorian Rain by Karen Ray.  This necklace is too large to show in a small picture here, but it is worth viewing.  Check out Victorian Rain here

Instructions for making Pumpkin Earrings using WigJig jewelry tools and jewelry wire.

Pumpkins Made on our WigJig jewelry tools

Victorian Rain Necklace made out of beads and bead stringing wire.

Victorian Rain

 

Jewelry Making Tip of the week:

During the past week, I received several e-mails from people who were having problems making consistent wrapped loops.  This is an important skill for making many of the jewelry pieces shown in WigJig University both in the wrapped bead link shown at right and in making a bead dangle on a head-pin.  Basic instructions for making this link using beads, jewelry wire and common jewelry tools can be found by selecting here.  The following paragraphs provide a few tips that I hope will help those who aren't satisfied with their wrapped loops. 

1.  22G or 24G wire are easier to use in making wrapped loops than 18G or 20G.  In addition, while you should practice this skill with inexpensive copper wire, you will find that soft wire, like copper practice wire, is harder to use in making wrapped loops.

2.  When you are trying to perfect this technique, use larger loops.  It is easier to be successful when making a wrapped loop when the loop is larger. 

3.  Try to keep the wire tail that you are wrapping  perpendicular to the wire inside the bead as you wrap.  When the wire gets at an angle to the wire inside the bead, you will notice gaps between the wraps.

4.  When wrapping, it is best to hold the loop that you make with chain nose or bent chain nose pliers while you wrap the wire.  This helps to retain the shape of the loop (keeps it from distorting out of round) and helps to stabilize the piece as you wrap. 

5.  As you are learning this skill allow yourself more wire in the wire tail that you wrap around the wire segment inside the bead.  Instead of starting with a bend 1 inch from the end, make the initial bend 1 1/4 or 1 1/2 inch from the end of the wire.  This will mean that you cut off more excess wire, but while you are perfecting this skill, you will find it easier if you have a little more wire to work with. 

6.  One final thing to try is to push the wire tail that you are wrapping close to the wire you are wrapping around.  This may make it easier to control the wrap and help to keep the wire perpendicular. 

I hope some of these tips will help.

Connecting components using the wrapped bead link and jewelry wire.

Wrapped Loop made using common jewelry tools

 

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