WigJig Jewelry Tools Presents our Jewelry Making Newsletter -- AKA Boomer Sez:
Our Spokesdog: If an insurance company can have a gecko, we have decided that we can have a spokesdog. Boomer, shown working at right, is our spokesdog. Boomer's job is to keep the deer from eating our bushes. Our camera is good at taking pictures of jewelry, but not as good at taking pictures of dogs and deer as shown here. (Boomer has an electronic collar that limits how far he can chase the deer. Here Boomer is near his boundary and the deer know it. Some continue to graze and completely ignore Boomer.)
On the left is our best picture of the white deer that inhabits Boomer's neighborhood. As you can see the deer has a grey head and some grey markings on a body that is mostly white. Again, we are sorry, but we could not get a better picture.
Birthstone for January: The modern birthstone for January is the Garnet. The term garnet applies to many different chemical compounds gererically called neosilicates. While garnets normally come in the red color shown here, garnets can come in the greatest variety of colors of any gemstone. The use of garnets as a gem can be traced to pre-historic times. Beginning in the late 19th century garnets were used as an industrial abrasive in addition to as a gemstone. The varieties of garnet have hardnesses between 6.5 and 7.5 on the Mohs hardness scale (quartz has a hardness of 7). More information on garnets can be found by selecting here.
Guest Jewelry Making Contributor:
This weeks guest contributor is Jana Harp. Jana is affiliated with OneMaker, a non-profit organization born out of a desire to provide Afghan women with economic opportunities. In the summer of 2003, OneMaker's founder visited Afghanistan and met a young Afghan woman who referred to Afghanistan as the "Land of Tears". An American jewelry designer, moved with compassion for the Afghans designed the "Land of Tears" necklace shown at right. In 2004, OneMaker's Project Manager in Afghanistan went in search of women who might be able to make the Land of Tears necklace. She found a group of artisans ready to close up their jewelry shop because the market for jewelry in Afghanistan was drying up. The goal of the OneMaker organization is to provide Afghan women with a sustainable business to give them more control over their lives. Anyone who would like to assist OneMaker with their charity efforts can contact Jana Harp at firstname.lastname@example.org. OneMaker will be happy to accept donations of jewelry making materials and will accept assistance in making new jewelry designs. Please contact Jana if you would like to assist in this effort.
Shows: This year Gary Helwig from WigJig will be attending shows at Tucson, Milwaukee and probably late in the year at Reading, PA. The first show will be the Best Bead Show at Tucson, AZ from January 31 to February 4th. Gary will be demonstrating our WigJig tools and displaying the jewelry shown on our web site in the Soft Flex Booth. Don't look for a WigJig booth, we will be in the Soft Flex booth in the Kino Veterans Memorial Community Center, 2805 East Ajo Way; Tucson, AZ 85713.