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2007 Oct 10

SpokesDog Boomer for Beads, Jewelry 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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8mm Tourmaline GemstoneBirthstone for October:  The birthstone for October is the tourmaline.    There are 14 officially recognized varieties of tourmaline varying in color from black, to yellow, to pink, to green, to blue and finally to colorless.  Among the most common variations are the pink tourmaline shown at right and the green tourmaline shown below-left.  There is even one variation of tourmaline that is pink on one end and green on the opposite end.  This variation is called, appropriately enough, watermelon tourmaline.  Please select here to view more information on tourmaliTourmaline Gemstonesne.

In our WigJig store, we sell natural, mined pink tourmaline, man-made green tourmaline and pink cubic zirconia gemstones that are visually identical to the Pink variation of tourmaline.  Please select either picture above to view our selection of tourmaline gemstones. 

Also, we now have three jewelry making kits that contain Pink Cubic Zirconia (simulating pink tourmaline) and are excellent gift ideas for someone born in October.  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:

Our shipment of our WigJig branded hand tools has finally arrived.  You can view all of these jewelry making tools here.  We believe that these tools provide the best possible functionality at very reasonable prices.  For people who are registered with us as wholesale buyers (with a store) we have wholesale prices on these new tools beginning with a minimum purchase of three of each tool.  Please send us an e-mail if you want to re-sell these tools. 

New Jewelry Making Supplies:  

Since our last newsletter, we have added several new items to our Internet store.  These new items help to make jewelry with 1/2 drilled pearl beads as shown below.  You can view our new instructions for making jewelry with these findings starting here.

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

6mm Light Grey Swarovski Glass Pearl Beads for Making Jewelry with Earring Findings

8mm Round Lt. Grey 1/2 Drilled Swarovski Crystal Pearl Beads 
Sale Priced $1.51 per package of two beads. These pearl beads go perfectly with our new sterling silver findings!

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

6mm Round Pink CZ and
6mm Sterling Silver Snap-Fit Earring Setting
Sale Priced $4.80 per package of two gemstones or $3.60 for package of one pair of settings 
purchased separately.

6mm Bicone Swarovski Black Diamond Faceted Beads Swarovski 6mm Jonquil Bicone Glass Beads
6mm Bicone Swarovski 
Black Diamond Beads or Jonquil Beads
Sale Priced $2.39 per package of 12 beads.

WigJig Hand Tool Kit for Beginners
WigJig Hand Tool Kit for Beginners
Sale Priced $27.96.

Sterling Silver Breast Cancer Awareness Charm

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


Oval Links Jewelry Wire & Beads Bracelet Jewelry Making ProjectFree Jewelry Making Design:

Oval Links 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 Oval Links Jewelry Wire and Beads earrings and bracelet shown here.  This is an intermediate jewelry making project and is probably not a good choice for a beginner.  These earrings and bracelet could be made on any of our WigJig Jewelry Making Tools and require regular metal pegs for your jig and both 1/2" and 3/8" Super Pegs.  In making the bracelet we used 18 gauge and 20 gauge soft wire and 24 gauge 1/2 hard wire, but you could make both the earrings and the bracelet with 20 gauge wire and 22 gauge wire if that was what you had available.  We used a combination of size 6 seed beads and 6mm glass crystal beads, but you could use 8mm beads or several other bead combinations.  To view our instructions for how to make these Oval Links Jewelry Wire & Beads Earrings and Bracelet 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 Jewelry Making Findings with 1/2 Drilled BeadsSterling Silver Lever Back Earrings Made with 1/2 Drilled Pearl BeadsThis week's jewelry making technique is a discussion on how to use our new jewelry making findings with 1/2 drilled pearl beads to make necklaces and earrings.  These new findings work best with 8mm 1/2 drilled pearl beads.  All three styles of these findings have a post that is used for gluing the 1/2 drilled beads onto the finding using jeweler's cement like our item 0359 from our Internet store.  The jewelry that can be made using these findings is shown left, right and below-right.  Eventually we will have these findings in stock in all three styles in both sterling silver and gold-filled.  Unfortunately, at this time we only have the filigree bail necklace finding in both sterling silver and gold filled. The lever back earring finding shown above-left is only available in sterling silver as shown.  The bead cap finding used to make the gold-filled earrings shown above-right are currently only available in gold filled. 

Sterling Silver Filigree Bail Necklace Jewelry Making ProjectYou can view our complete instructions for making the jewelry shown here by selecting here or by selecting any picture of the finished jewelry. 

We really like the jewelry that can be made with these new findings.  It makes excellent gifts.  This jewelry has everything that we like in a jewelry project -- it looks like it was made by a professional jeweler, it costs very little to make, and it takes less than a minute to assemble the jewelry.  (Although we do recommend allowing the glue to dry for 10 minutes minimum before you wear it.) 


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

Jewelry Wire and Bead Ring Jewelry Making ProjectThis week's featured design in our Nostalgia Corner is the design for our Jewelry Wire Ring jewelry making project.  This ring is a relatively simple project, but it does require a ring mandrel and a nylon hammer in addition to one of our WigJig tools to complete.  This same basic style of ring can also be used to make toe rings although you may need to adjust the size for a toe ring.  You can view several different ways to finish this ring jewelry making project below. 


Jewelry making supplies Simple Ring jewelry making project made on WigJig jewelry tools using jewelry wire. Gold Simple Ring jewelry making project made using WigJig jewelry tools to shape jewelry wire. Simple Ring made with pearl beads using WigJig jewelry tools to shape jewelry wire. Gold Ring made out of jewelry wire shaped on WigJig jewelry tools.

Please select here, or select either picture above to view our instructions for making our Simple Jewelry Wire Ring Project shown here.


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