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.
Current Jewelry Making Technique:
This weeks jewelry making technique is a discussion of how to use our new Larger Round Super Pegs to make very large circular wire components. The earrings shown at right were made on our new 2" Larger Round Super Peg and are shown pretty close to their actual size.
Many people have tried making larger circular shapes using our round jigs and many pegs. This technique unfortunately usually results in a many sided object instead of a circle. In fact, because of the large size of this circle, we recommend that after you first make the circle on your jig, that you remove the circle and the Larger Round Super Peg and replace the circle on the Super Peg and hammer the wire lightly with a nylon hammer or a rawhide hammer to help shape the wire. Hammer the wire for the entire circumference of the circle with the exception of the loops. The end result is a circle that is almost perfectly round.
Please select the picture above-right, or select here to view this new jewelry making design.
Nostalgia Corner -- Some of our favorite jewelry making designs:
This weeks featured design in our Nostalgia Corner is the design for our Spiral Diamond Necklace shown at left. This is one of our favorite necklace designs because it is simple, elegant and incorporates a yoke component that makes it unique. This is a relatively easy to make necklace, but it does look best when made using one of our round jigs. The pattern for the Spiral Diamond wire component shown in the center of this necklace is made using a 30 degree angle. The 30 degree angle is available using a round peg pattern jig, but not using a jig with a square peg pattern. This 30 degree angle is more aesthetically pleasing than if we made this component using a 45 degree angle on a jig with a square peg pattern.
Please select here, or select the picture at left to view our instructions for making the Spiral Diamond Necklace.