WigJig Jewelry Tools Present our Jewelry Making Newsletter -- AKA Boomer Sez:
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WigJig News -- Demonstration of jewelry making on WigJig jewelry tools:
Gary Helwig, inventor of the WigJig jewelry making tools will be at Bead and Button show in Milwaukee, June 7th through 10th. Gary will be doing demonstrations in the Soft Flex Booth. Don't look for WigJig, look for Soft Flex. The show will be in the Midwest Airlines Center in downtown Milwaukee. You can find more information on this show by selecting here. Boomer sez if you are going to be at the Bead and Button Show, please stop by and say hello. Remember, Gary will be at the Soft Flex Booth.
Birthstone for June: The birthstone for June is the pearl. We have a lot of good information on pearl beads that is too detailed to include in our newsletter. Please select here to view our information on pearl beads.
We do sell both freshwater pearls and a selection of glass beads made to look like pearls. You can view our selection of freshwater pearl beads by selecting here. You can view our selection of glass beads that simulate pearls by selecting here. In our next newsletter we will be introducing 1/2 drilled pearl beads and the findings to turn these pearl beads into post style earrings.
New Jewelry Making Supplies:
We have added several new items to our Internet store. You can view these new items at right and below. Please select any picture to view that item in our Internet store. Please note that we finally have a pendant setting for 12 mm gemstones. We have been selling the 12mm gemstones for a while, and now we have a setting. (In our techniques section to this newsletter, below, we have some notes about how to set gemstones in this setting.) We also now have a Breast Cancer Awareness Charm in sterling silver shown at right.
Guest Jewelry Making Contributor:
This month's guest contributor is Kathy Beery. The bracelet design shown at right was made by Kathy. She is an artist who teaches jewelry workshops in Michael's Stores in Northern Virginia and Maryland. Kathy teaches basic bead stringing and wire-based jewelry focusing on design and the use of color. The wire-based jewelry classes include:
Chunky, wire-wrapped beaded bracelets
Earrings, including how to make shaped wire dangles
Beaded crocheted necklaces using 28 gauge wire
Wired beaded rings using a ring mandrel and 22 gauge wire
And, the featured bracelet which uses “S-Link Connectors” made on a WigJig with 18 gauge wire. The “S-Link” was shaped around two 3/16 inch Super Pegs.
Kathy now lives in North Carolina, but still teaches in the Northern Virginia area every month. Soon, she will be teaching in the Raleigh area. If you have any questions for Kathy, please contact her by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call her: Home (919) 762-8739 or Cell (202) 746-8558.
Boomer sez thank you to Kathy for allowing us to display her very lovely bracelet design using hammered wire.
Student Discount: We have a new policy on student discounts targeted for college students. We will provide a 10% discount to any student who will publish a link to our WigJig web site from their web page in their school's .edu domain. These 10% discount will remain in effect as long as the link to our web site remains active. Please send us an e-mail if you would like more information on this discount.