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2007 Sep 19


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 at right, is our spokesdog

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8mm Sapphire GemstoneBirthstone for September:  The birthstone for September is the sapphire.  Sapphire is one of the cardinal  or most valuable gemstones along with the diamond, ruby, emerald and amethyst.  Sapphire is tied with the ruby as the second hardest gemstone with a hardness of 9, only the diamond is harder. This makes sapphires a good choice for almost all jewelry applications since this gemstone is significantly harder than all dust and won't lose its shine due to normal abrasion.  Sapphires and rubies are very similar chemically. We have a lot more good information on sapphire that is too detailed to include in our newsletter.  Please select here to view more information on sapphire.    We now have three jewelry making kits that contain man-made sapphire and are excellent gift ideas for someone born in September.  You can view these new kits below.  All three kits are suitable for beginners.  Please select any picture below to view that kit in our Internet store including links to our free instructions for assembling that kit. 

WigJig Brand Hand Tools:

Shipment of our WigJig branded hand tools was delayed.  Our understanding is that the tools will be shipped on September 19th and should be available for us to sell sometime in the week of September 24 to 30.  If we said we were anxious, we would be guilty ofEve Mendes Coat Hanger Wire Component Made with WigJig Olympus Jewelry Making Toolunderstatement.

Guest Jewelry Making Contributor:

Our Guest Contributor for this newsletter is Eve Mendes of Scottsdale, Arizona.  Eve is using our WigJig tools to support her scrap booking hobby.  She has developed a couple of patterns using our jigs that she incorporates into pages in her scrap books.  At right, you can view a wire coat hanger that Eve designed and made using our WigJig jewelry making tools.  Please select that picture to visit a web page showing how Eve has incorporated the coat hanger wire component into her scrap booking hobby.  We have to apologize to Eve, but we had to crop her picture out of this particular image so that we could have room so show the coat hanger.  If you visit the web page dedicated to her projects by selecting the picture at right, you will also be able to view Eve.  Eve was kind enough to allow us to use her e-mail address.  Again, please visit our dedicated web page to view Eve's e-mail address.  Boomer wants to thank Eve for sharing her design with us.  Do you think the dog in the picture is Boomer?

New Jewelry Making Supplies:  

Since our last newsletter, we have added several new kits to our Internet store.  We now have jewelry making kits for all 12 of the birthstones.   Birthstone jewelry makes a great birthday or Christmas present and we now have the calendar covered.  You can view all our jewelry making kits here. You can view our jewelry making gift ideas for women here.  We have also added two different sizes of gold filled chain, 18" long with a lobster clasp.  You can view our new chain here.  In addition, we have just added some 6mm round gemstone tourmaline.  These are actual mined gemstones and not made in a laboratory.  You can view this tourmaline in our Internet store here.  Finally, just like our jewelry making kits for September, we have added similar kits for all the months.  Please select here for links to these jewelry making kits.  You can view our jewelry kits for October below:

Pink CZ Ring Jewelry Making Kit

Pink CZ Earrings Jewelry Making Kit

Pink CZ Necklace Jewelry Making Kit
October Ring Kit October Earring Kit October Necklace Kit

Price Increase:  Our research indicates that we are selling our bling gemstones at prices from 1/10 to 1/2 of the other vendors on the Internet.  In October, we will increase the price for our gemstones, to be more in line with our competition. 

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 October 12th 2007 or until we run out of that item. 

Earring Findings for Making Jewelry with 1/2 drilled beads  6mm Light Grey Swarovski Glass Pearl Beads for Making Jewelry with Earring Findings

6mm Round Lt. Grey 1/2 Drilled Swarovski Crystal Pearl Beads and Gold-Filled Earring Findings for Setting 1/2 Drilled Beads.
Sale Priced $1.44 per package of two findings or $1.36 per package of two beads. (Must be purchased separately.)

6mm Round Citrine CZ Jewelry Making Gemstone  6mm Round Snap-Fit Finding for Making Gemstone Jewelry

6mm Round Citrine CZ and
6mm Gold-Filled Snap-Fit Pendant Setting

Sale Priced $3.19 per package of two gemstones or $4.967 for package of one setting 
purchased separately.

6mm Bicone Swarovski Amethyst Faceted Beads Swarovski 6mm Crystal AB Bicone Glass Beads
6mm Bicone Swarovski 
Amethyst Beads or Crystal AB Beads

Sale Priced $2.40 per package of 12 amethyst beads or $2.48 per package of 12 crystal AB beads.

Gold Filled  Post Style Ear Wire Jewelry Making Finding  Ear Clutch Jewelry Making Finding
Gold-Filled Post with Ball Ear Wire Findings orGold-Filled Ear Clutch
Sale Priced $3.36 for 2 pair of ear posts or $1.12 for 2 ear clutches purchased separately.

Sterling Silver Breast Cancer Awareness Charm

Breast Cancer Awareness Charm  
$2.23 per charm
October is National Breast Cancer
 Awareness Month!



Alternate to Chain, Jewelry Wire & Beads Earrings Jewelry Making Project Alt to Chain, Jewelry Wire & Beads Earrings Jewelry Making ProjectFree Jewelry Making Design:

Alt 3 to Chain, Jewelry Wire & Beads Earrings 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  Chain, Jewelry Wire and Beads earrings shown here.  This design is an adaptation of an earlier design that we called Chain, Jewelry Wire & Gemstone Earrings.  These three alternative designs are made on one of our jigs with a round peg patter, either our WigJig Centaur, Cyclops, or Electra.  You can use either 18 or 20 gauge wire to make these earrings, but half-hard wire is preferable if you have it.  Any medium size chain can be used and by varying the  length of chain, you can easily vary the length of the earrings.  The earrings shown at left, use two segments of chain, each 2" long and are therefore longer.  The earrings shown near-right use two segments of 1.5" long chain and are therefore shorter.  This project is suitable for advanced beginners.  We hope you like our Chain, Jewelry Wire and Beads earrings. 

 To view our instructions for how to make these Chain, Jewelry Wire & Beads Earrings jewelry making project 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:

Techniques for Using our WigJig Jewelry Making ToolsThis week's jewelry making technique is some discussion on how we recommend people use our jewelry making jigs.  Roughly once a year, we like to review our recommendations so that newcomers will understand what we believe to be the best way to make jewelry. 

Our first tip is to start with straight wire.  It is very important that you straighten the wire before you use it on one of our jigs.  We recommend using nylon jaw pliers to straighten the wire as shown here.

Our second tip is to start with just two pegs in your jig, no matter how many are required in the pattern.  Using this technique, you begin with two pegs and add pegs as you go.  For a pattern with six pegs as an example, if you start with 6 pegs in your jig, four of them will be in your way making it difficult to use the jig.  By starting with only two pegs and adding a peg as you go, you won't get into the difficult position of trying to push the wire down among pegs that are spaced so closely that you can't get your fingers in between them. 

Our third tip is to push the wire and do not pull the wire.  Intuitively, everyone wants to grasp the wire by the end and pull the wire around the pegs.  Grasping and pulling the wire tends to introduce bends in the wire.  By pushing the wire with just one finger touching the wire as shown above-right, you can keep the wire straight as you use it and your jewelry wire components will be more professional looking.  Push with your finger as close to the peg you are bending the wire around or against as possible. 

Our fourth tip is when pushing the wire, turn the jig with your non-dominant hand and use the index finger of your dominant hand to guide the wire up and over the pegs as necessary.  Turning the jig gives you more control over the wire and actually provides leverage to make it easier to control the wire.  The index finger on your dominant hand essentially pushes the wire so that the wire remains stationary as you maneuver the jig. 

Our fifth and final tip is to continue pushing the wire until the wire rests adjacent to the hole for the next peg in the pattern with no pressure applied to the wire.  This means you will need to push the wire and then remove your finger from the wire to allow the wire to relax back to its final position.  It may require several instances of push the wire and remove your finger to test and see if you pushed the wire sufficiently.  By doing this you ensure that the wire will retain the shape after you remove it from the jig.  Failing to do this may result in your wire component springing out of shape when you remove it from the jig.  Please visit this web page to view the way that you start with two pegs and push the wire until it rests adjacent to the hole for the next peg.

By learning and following these five tips, you will find that you can make the most consistent, repeatable and professional wire components and jewelry items as possible. 

Nostalgia Corner -- Some of our favorite jewelry making designs:

Black Onyx Beads and White Cloisonne Beads Jewelry Making ProjectThis week's featured design in our Nostalgia Corner is the design for our beadstringing jewelry making project.  We have added several cloisonne necklace designs to our bead stringing instructions.  You can view the different patterns below.  We also added instructions including what part number to purchase in our Internet store.  Please note that our 6mm AA black onyx beads, Item 3281, used in the second necklace down, are on sale now for 20% off. 

White Pearl Beads and Red Cloisonne Beads Jewelry Making Project

Please select here, or select either picture above to view our instructions for making our Beads Stringing Project shown here.


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