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2007 Jun 21

SpokesDog Boomer for Beads, Tools and Jewelry Making Supplies by WigJig Web SiteWigJig 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 at right, is our spokesdog

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Pearl Beads for making earringsBirthstone 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 now sell 1/2 drilled pearl beads and the findings to turn these pearl beads into post style earrings as shown at left.  In our techniques section below we will describe the process for setting 1/2 drilled pearl beads into the post style findings.  At this time, we only have the findings to set 8mm beads.  The findings for 6mm beads are on order and should be available in about two weeks. 

New Jewelry Making Supplies:

We have added several new items to our Internet store.  You can view these new items below. Please select any picture to view that item in our Internet store. 

12mm Aquamarine Gemstone for making jewelry 12mm Ruby Gemstone for making jewelry Emerald Hydrothermal Quartz gemstones for making jewelry 1/2 Drilled Swarovski Crystal Pearl Beads and findings
6 & 12mm Aquamarine 12mm Ruby 8, 10 & 12mm Emerald Quartz 1/2 Drilled Pearl Beads & Findings

Guest Jewelry Making Contributor:  

This month's guest contributor is Cathy Curry Starck.  Cathy exhibits her jewelry in Gallery 302, a non-profit artists cooperative in Bridgton, Maine.  Cathy is 19 years old and recently won a college scholarship partially because of her jewelry.  You can view Gallery 302 on the Internet .  The address for Gallery 302 is 112 Main Street; Bridgton, ME.  Telephone 207-647-2787.  Should you want to contact Cathy directly, her e-mail address is  Boomer sez thank you to Cathy for allowing us to display her three very lovely earring designs shown below.  

Circus Earrings made out of jewelry wire shaped on WigJig jewelry tools Feather Earrings made using jewelry wire Lace Earrings made out of jewelry wire shaped on WigJig jewelry tools
Circus Earrings Feather Earrings Lace Earrings

Jewelry Making Supplies On Sale:

We update the jewelry supplies that we have "On Sale" with every newsletter.  A small sample of the products we have for sale at discounted prices are shown below.  Please click on any of the links below the pictures to view our entire list of sale items.  Select the picture itself to view that specific item in our Internet store.  This sale will be effective through July 15th 2007 or until we run out of that item. 

Earring Findings with Making Jewelry with 1/2 drilled beads  8mm White Swarovski Glass Pearl Beads for Making Jewelry with Earring Findings

8mm Round White 
1/2 Drilled Swarovski Crystal Pearl and SS Earring Findings for Setting 1/2 Drilled Beads.

Sale Priced $2.27 for 1 package of two findings plus 1 package of two beads. (Must be purchased separately.)

Bent Chain Nose Pliers by WigJig Jewelry Making Tools

Round Nose Pliers WigJig Recommended 
Sale Priced $17.56 each

6mm Bicone Swarovski Jonquil Faceted Beads
6mm and 4mm Bicone Swarovski Jonquil Beads 
Sale Priced $2.39 per package of 12 6mm  or $2.11 for package of 24 4mm Beads

12mm Round Gold Feather Red Beads
12mm Round Gold, Red Feather Beads
Sale Priced $1.67 per Package of 1 Bead

Bali-Style Washer Beads
Bali-Style Washer 7.l5x2.8mm

Bali-Style Medium Snake Tube Beads
Bali-Style Medium Snake Tube Beads 

24 G Natural Silver, Anti-tarnish coated Jewelry Making Wire
24g Natural Silver Anti-Tarnish Coated, 
Silver-plated Wire

Sale Priced $3.19 per 30' spool

Free Jewelry Making Design:

Making Jewelry by Beads Stringing Jewelry Making ProjectWith every newsletter we provide a new jewelry design from WigJig University to spur the creative juices.  The new design for this newsletter is the design for the 24" orange dichroic glass beaded necklace shown at right, with additional segments shown below.

Orange Dichroic Beads Necklace Jewelry Making Project Middle     Orange Dichroic Beads Necklace Jewelry Making Project End

Our instructions for this project describe in detail how we made this necklace, including how we used 20 or 22 gauge wire to connect between the bead stringing wire that holds the beads and the clasp.  As you can see in these pictures, we used an end cone finding to cover most of this wire.  The wire is used between the clasp and the bead stringing wire because the magnetic clasp that we used for this necklace has edges that are abrasive.  Even with using bead stringing wire instead of thread, there is a remote possibility that the clasp could saw through the bead stringing wire. 

These instructions are written to provide a beginner to using bead stringing wire all the steps, tools and skills necessary to string a necklace like this.  To view our instructions for how to make this necklace with orange dichroic glass beads jewelry making projects select here, or select any picture above.

Past Jewelry Making Techniques:

We maintain a techniques web page that provides links to the discussion of techniques in our prior newsletters.  You can visit this web page here.  Follow the links on that page to the discussion of the technique in that newsletter. 

Jewelry Making Technique:

Setting 1/2 Drilled beads into earring findings jewelry making techniqueThis week's jewelry making technique is a discussion on how to set 1/2 drilled beads into findings to make post style earrings.   This is a very simple jewelry making project and is certainly appropriate for a beginner.  The process uses glue to hold the 1/2 drilled beads onto the earring findings.  The findings themselves have a small post that fits the hole in the beads.  We use any WigJig jewelry making jig to help with this project by holding the findings upright while we apply the glue and while the glue dries.  The glue we recommend for this project is GS Hypo-Tube Cement, Item 0359 in our Internet store.  Select here or select any picture below to view our detailed instructions.

At this time, we only have the earrings findings to use with 8mm 1/2 drilled beads.  We have the findings for 6mm beads on order and anticipate having them in stock in about 2 weeks.  To view our selection of 8mm 1/2 drilled glass pearl beads and findings please select here.

Setting 1/2 drilled beads into earring findings jewelry making technique 1 Step 2 to Setting 1/2 drilled beads into earring findings jewelry making technique 2 Step 3 to setting 1/2 drilled beads into earring findings jewelry making technique 3 Step 4 to setting 1/2 drilled beads into earring findings jewelry making technique 4

Square Knot Earrings with wire and beads jewelry making projectNostalgia Corner -- Some of our favorite jewelry making projects:

This week's featured design in our Nostalgia Corner is the design for our Square Knot Earrings and Bracelet.  Square Knot Jewelry Wire and Beads Bracelet Jewelry Making ProjectThe square knot earrings and bracelet were one of the more popular designs that we displayed at the Bead and Button Show in Milwaukee.  When we asked people at the show which jewelry on display they liked best, about 1/2 picked the Square Knot jewelry and the other 1/2 picked our Money Earrings.  During the show we demonstrated how to make these earrings to many people. 

Please select here, or select either picture above to view our instructions for making the Square Knot Wire and Beads Jewelry shown here.


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