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2006 Feb 12

WigJig Jewelry Tools Presents our Jewelry Making Newsletter:

Thank you to everyone who stopped by the bead show in Tucson and said hello.  It is always a pleasure to meet the readers of our newsletter.  Hopefully, seeing  some of the jewelry pieces from our web site close-up will have made the trip worthwhile for everyone. Staci Egan Jewelry Making Project

Guest Jewelry Making Contributor:

This week we have a bracelet design contributed by Staci Egan of State College, PA.  Staci makes  jewelry in her home studio and sells this jewelry in galleries, boutiques and juried art shows.  You can view more of Staci's jewelry designs and visit her web site here.  For information on this bracelet design you can contact Staci at  We want to thank Staci for taking the time to be our Guest Contributor for this week. 

Jewelry Making Designs that Sell:

We understand that many of the subscribers to our newsletter are selling jewelry made using Falling Money Earrings Jewelry Making Projectdesigns derived from the projects shown in our WigJig web site.   We would like to Square Earrings Jewelry Making Projectbuild a new web page showing our jewelry designs that sell well based upon inputs from our newsletter subscribers.  If you are selling jewelry, please send us an e-mail and tell us which of our designs sell well for you.  We will share this information on the Internet and believe that it will help everyone to be able to improve their jewelry sales. 

During our discussions in Tucson, we learned that some people are selling our Square Earrings at craft shows for prices up to $18 each.  Our discussions in Tucson also confirmed that our Money Earrings remain perhaps our most popular designs. 


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 text 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 February 24th, 2006 or until we run out of that item. 

6mm Bicone Swarovski Rose Beads

6 mm Swarovski Bicone Rose Beads
Package of 12

4mm Round Swarovski Aqua AB Beads

4 mm Round Swarovski 
Aqua AB Beads
Package of 12

Spacer Press Jewelry Making Tool

Spacer Press Jewelry Making Tool 
Save your fingernails.  Use the Spacer Press to press down your wire.  

Sterling Silver Ear Wire Finding Sterling Silver Ear Clutch Finding

Sterling Silver Post w. Ball Ear Wire and Sterling Silver Ear Clutch
(Must be purchased separately)

Jewelry Making Sterling Silver Chain

Sterling Silver Medium Curb Chain 
(Larger of two shown above)
24" Long (no clasp)


24 Gauge Natural Silver Silver-plated Artistic Wire

24 Gauge Natural Silver Silver-plated wire 
with Enamel Anti-tarnish coating


Lisa's Pendant Jewelry Making Project Free Jewelry Making Design:

Lisa's 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 Lisa's Earrings and Pendant shown here.  This is a design that was developed during idle time at the Tucson Gem and Jewelry show.  The earrings were made for one of our favorite earrings models, Lisa Vernon, hence the name.  Lisa likes larger and bolder earring designs.  The pendant shown at right is a longer version of the earrings.   The earrings shown here hang almost 2 1/2" below the bottom of the ear wire finding.  The pendant hangs almost 3 1/2" below the chain of the necklace.  The beads used in this project were 16mm long and could have been as large as 18 or 19mm and would have worked, making this an ideal way to highlight larger beads.

These pieces can be made on any of our WigJig tools using one regular metal peg and one 7/8" Super Peg (from our set of three Large Round Super Pegs) or they can be made with one regular metal peg and the Spiral Maker for that jig (also 7/8" in diameter).  This design is an advanced beginners design.  The chain for the pendant was made of 18 to 24 inches of regular commercial chain, with a clasp connected to either end using the wrapped bead link technique discussed here.   

To view our instructions for how to make this jewelry item please select here or select any earring picture above.  We hope you like this project.  Lisa does.  

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. 

Step Jaw Pliers Jewelry Making ToolJewelry Making Technique:

This weeks jewelry making technique is a new page of instructions on how to avoid marking jewelry wire.  This is a recurring topic, because it is one that impacts almost all of us.  First, every time you use your round nose pliers they will mark the wire on both the inside and the outside of the loop(underlining for emphasis).  When making wrapped loops and eye loops,Round Flat Pliers Jewelry Making Toolthis often isn't an issue since the component you are connecting with the wrapped loop will hide the marks on the outside of the loop.  By contrast, when you are making earring, bracelet or necklace components on one of our WigJig jewelry making tools the marks left by your round nose pliers on the outside of the loop are definitely an issue.  Those marks detract from the appearance of the finished jewelry piece. 

Given the above introduction to frame the problem, the question is how do you avoid leaving tool marks on wire components made on one of our WigJig tools.  The answer to this question is relatively simple -- use either Step Jaw Pliers, shown above-right, or round-flat pliers shown above-left to make your initial loops.  Please note that both of these pliers have one rounded jaw for making loops and one flat jaw.  It is vital that the pliers have the flat jaw, because it is this flat jaw that spreads the gripping force to eliminate the marks on the outside of the loop.  Please note that some vendors sell pliers with a concave jaw instead of the flat jaw.  We suggest that you avoid those pliers as they leave marks on the wire at the edge of the concave jaw. 

The next suggestion that we can offer is to never use your round nose pliers for anything but making a loop.  Do not use round nose pliers for gripping your wire.  Chain nose or bent chain nose pliers with flat smooth jaws are what we use to grip and hold wire.  The flat smooth jaws of these pliers spread the gripping force to minimize tool marks.  In addition, when gripping wire in your bent chain nose pliers, grip the wire firmly so that it doesn't slip.  Frequently tool marks happen when the wire slips while in the grip of one of your tools.

Bent Closing Pliers Jewelry Making ToolSometimes tool marks happen when you are trying to close a loop that is slightly open.  This can happen after opening and closing a loop to connect two wire components.  There is a tool that you can use to avoid tool marks when closing a loop.  This tool is called Bent Closing Pliers or Loop Closing Pliers.  These pliers have a groove carved in the jaw and this groove is used to hold the wire so that it won't slip while you gently squeeze the gap in a loop closed. 

Finally, many beginners start making jewelry with inexpensive tools.  This is a natural choice as one wants to learn what is important before spending more money.  Some of these inexpensive tools aren't made well and may have sharp edges on the chain nose or bent chain nose pliers.  The solution to this is relatively easy and inexpensive -- use a file, to smooth the edges of our chain nose and bent chain nose pliers.  The file can be a simple nail file with a fine grain, or it can be a set of jeweler's files.  Both will work well.  This isn't major surgery, it is merely rounding the edges so that they feel smooth and aren't raised above the rest of the jaw of the pliers. 

To view more instructions on how to reduce the tool marks on your jewelry wire please select here.  To view our Step Jaw Pliers in our Internet store, please select the picture above top-right.  To view our round flat pliers, please select the picture above-left.  To view our bent closing pliers select the picture above-right. 

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

Small Square Earrings Jewelry Making Project with Pearl BeadsWe are adding a new feature to our newsletter.  We call it Nostalgia Corner because we are revisiting past designs.  This weeks featured design in our Nostalgia Corner is the design for the square earrings shown at left.  We have added a new design to the Square Earrings.  The new design is called Small Square Earrings and is a square with sides of about 1/2" each.  To view our instructions for making our square earrings select the picture at left.  To view our Small Square Earrings jewelry making pattern,  select here.  This is a very simple, easy to make design that seems to be popular.  This is an earring that you can sell for around $10 and still make money.      

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