2007 May 10
WigJig Jewelry Tools Presents our Jewelry Making Newsletter for May 10, 2007:
Our Spokesdog: If an insurance company can have a gecko, we have decided that we can have a spokesdog. Boomer, shown at right, is our spokesdog.
Vendor in Canada: We have a new vendor in Canada who has elected to carry our WigJig tools. They are Carousel Rubber Stamps; 50 Queen Street; Dartmouth, Nova Scotia B2Y 1G1 Canada. Faye McLean is the owner and can be reached at 902-464-9474. Boomer sez welcome to the WigJig family!
Birthstone for May: The birthstone for May is the emerald. We have a lot of good information on emeralds that is too detailed to include in our newsletter. Please select here to view our information on emeralds.
While we don't sell emeralds, we do sell emerald colored cubic zirconia (CZs) that are harder and stronger than an emerald. One of the disadvantages of real emeralds is that the stones are vulnerable to breakage and chipping and are relatively soft (about the same hardness as sand). We also have information on cubic zirconia here. This month we have our 8mm emerald colored CZs on sale for 20% off. You can view these gemstones in our Internet store here.
Guest Contributor: This month's guest contributor is Sharon Dunleavy. Sharon has designed a necklace to go with our Deluxe Duplex Bracelet. Sharon is 34 years old and has been making wire and beaded jewelry for the last two years. She works full time as the Director of Children's Ministries at a local church and has been doing ministry work for 11 years. Beading is her escape from work. Sharon is married and has a five year old daughter who loves to help her making jewelry. Her daughter's job on the necklace below was to "squish" each duplex component to flatten it, with nylon jaw pliers. You can view the necklace here:
Sharon's e-mail address is email@example.com if you have questions about her design.
Boomer sez thank you to Sharon for allowing us to display her very lovely necklace design. Someone did a great job on squishing the wire components.
Nor'Easter Storm Pictures: Last month, a few of our customer's were inconvenienced because we were not able to respond to calls and answer e-mails as rapidly as we normally would. Unfortunately, our customer service person, Marcia, lives in Portland, Maine and suffered from 4 days of no power due to the storm in late April. Here are two pictures that show the Portland Head Lighthouse in the aftermath of the storm. These pictures were taken with a cell phone camera, but they still have enough resolution to show the power of the storm. The lighthouse is normally 20-30 feet above the sea.
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 new jewelry design from WigJig University to spur the creative juices. The new designs for this newsletter are the designs for the Wire Wrapped Chain Bracelet, Watchband and Earrings shown here. There are actually two different, but related chain designs, the bracelet and earring on the left use a wrapped chain design and the watchband on the right uses a similar chain with open (not wrapped) loops.
This chain is relatively easy to make and would be suitable for an advanced beginner. It uses about four feet of 22 gauge wire and some beads. The tools required are any WigJig tool with two metal pegs, round nose pliers, bent chain nose pliers and step jaw pliers along with a flush cutter.
This same chain could be used in a necklace, interspersed with 3-5 links of chain and then a bead followed by 3-5 links of chain.
We really like both chain designs. If you have a large, attractive, bead that is looking for a project, making the bracelet shown at left is a very good project.
Please select either picture above to view our instructions on how to make this chain.
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