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2006 Aug 06

WigJig Jewelry Tools Presents our Jewelry Making News -- AKA Boomer Sez:

Classes: This may be the last time that we at WigJig will be giving classes on the West Coast.  Going forward, we want to concentrate on our web site and we are considering writing another book.  You can view the schedule for our Somoma, CA classes below. Square Earrings Jewelry Making ProjectSimple Earrings Jewelry Making Project

Beginner's Class Thursday, August 10th 8:00 AM to 12 noon.

Beginner's Class Saturday, August 12th 8:00 AM to 12 noon.


Deluxe Duplex Bracelet Jewelry Making Project

Deluxe Duplex Bracelet Class Friday August 11th, 6:00PM to 9:00 PMFalling Raindrop Earrings Jewelry Making Project with Pearl Beads

Two Tier Cobalt Chandelier Earrings Jewelry Making Project Deluxe Duplex Bracelet Class Sunday, August 13th, 8:00AM to 12 noon


Two Tier Chandelier Earrings & Raindrop Earrings Class Friday August 11th 8:00AM to 12 noon

Two Tier Chandelier Earrings & Raindrop Earrings Class Saturday, August 12th 5:00PM to 9:00 PM

Signing up for these classes in advance will be required as classes which don't meet the minimum student levels may be cancelled by Bead Unique University. 




Premium Set of Super Pegs Jewelry Making ToolsFor those in the Somoma, CA area, Gary Helwig will be at the Taste of Sonoma on Thursday evening, August 10th to discuss the classes and to display some of the jewelry covered in the classes.  If you attend the Taste  of Sonoma, please stop by. 

New WigJig Jewelry Tool Accessory:

We do have two new products to announce.  We now have "Premium Sets" of our Super Pegs that include two Super Pegs each in the 3/16", 1/4", 5/16", 3/8", 7/16" and 1/2" sizes plus one Super Pegs each in the 6/8", 3/4", 7/8", 1", 1.5", and 2" round sizes.  This set does not include the Spiral Maker, but we believe that it will include all the round Super Pegs that one would need.  The set costs $34.95 and represents a savings of $10 over the price of purchasing these Super Pegs separately.  You can find these Premium Sets of our Super Peg here for the Delphi, Cyclops or Centaur andhere for the Olympus, Olympus-Lite or Electra.  

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 August 18th, 2006 or until we run out of that item. 

Citrine Ruby Gemstone CZ

4 mm Citrine CZ
Package of 4

8mm Round 4 Prongl Sterling Silver Jewelry Making Finding

8mm Round Sterling Silver Bezel 
Earring/Pendant Setting 
Package of 1

8mm Swarovski White Peals Beads

8mm Swarovski Pearl Beads
Package of 50

6mm Bicone Aqua Swarovski Beads
6mm Bicone Swarovski Aqua Beads 
Package of 12

Greek Leather Jewelry Making Chain

1.5mm Black Greek Leather Cord
3 Yards.

Lever Back Ear Clip Sterling Silver Jewelry Making Finding
Lever Back Ear Clip Sterling Silver
1 Pair/Package
Use these ear wires with two Round Bezel Findings above to make 8mm gemstone earrings!

Free Jewelry Making Design:

Low Wall Bezel Earrings Jewelry Making Project Made with White CZWith every newsletter we provide a new jewelry design from WigJig University to spur the Low Wall Bezel Earrings Jewelry Making Projectcreative juices.  The new design for this newsletter is the design for the 10 Minute Jewelry Project shown here.  Ultimately, we will have the findings to set gemstones in both 8mm and 10mm sizes and in both gold-filled and sterling silver.  At this minute, we have the finding for setting a 10mm stone in sterling silver.  You can find that finding in our Internet store here.  8mm settings and gold-filled settings will be available within the next two weeks.  To put a pair of 10mm round stones in perspective, they would equate in size to a pair of 4 carat diamonds.  Youwon't wear these earrings without getting comments.  Currently we sell CZs in the 10mm size in the colors white (diamond), tanzanite, and pink.  If these prove as popular as we anticipate, we will be adding more colors of 10mm gemstones. Low Wall Bezel Setting Jewelry Making Finding

Setting your gemstones in the round Low Wall Bezel Settings that form the bottom of the above earrings could not be easier.  You simply place the setting upside down on a cutting board or table top and lay the stone face down into the setting.  Then you bend all four tabs down to hold the stone in position.  Once the stone is set, you connect the finding to an ear wire finding and you are done.  Because these stones are slightly more expensive than beads we recommend using ear wires that are firmly connected to the ear, like the post style earrings shown above, or like the lever back ear wires we have on sale. 

We believe that 10mm gemstone type earrings will make great Christmas and birthday presents.  All of our female relatives will be getting some. 

To view our instructions for how to make this jewelry item please select here or select the 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. How to Make a Bead Stand Jewelry Making Technique

Current Jewelry Making Technique:

This weeks jewelry making technique is a discussion of how to make a bead, earring or bracelet stand using 12 or 14 gauge wire.  This project can be made on any WigJig jewelry making jig, but does require our new 2" and 1" Larger Round Super Pegs.  The 2" Larger Round Super Peg makes the base of the stand and the 1" Larger Round Super Peg makes the top.  Since 1" is exactly 1/2 of 2", the stand will naturally align the bead, earrings or bracelet that you want to display over the center of the base. 

The stand shown at right was made using 12 gauge tinned copper wire and is very sturdy.  The stand could also be made using 14 gauge wire and would still be sturdy.  If made using 16 gauge wire the stand would work, but would not be quite as sturdy. 

 Please select the picture at right to visit our instructions for that jewelry making project or select here. 

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

Making a Leather Necklace Jewelry Making ProjectThis weeks featured design in our Nostalgia Corner is the design for our Leather Necklace shown at left.  We have updated our instructions for making this necklace with a new technique for connecting the leather to a crimp style connector. 

Please select here, or select the picture at left to view our instructions for making the Leather Necklace.

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