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2006 Sep 04

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

New Spokesdog:  Writing newsletters in the third person isn't always fun.  Writing newsletters in the first person (I did this) seems to us to be immodest.  Just to have a little fun and a change of pace, we will try writing from the perspective of Boomer, the designated Spokesdog for the Beads & Jewelry Making Supplies by WigJig Web site.  The added benefit for us is we like looking at his picture.  Boomer's job for our company is to be the roving security patrol at our offices.  If this doesn't work for you, please provide us feedback.  In response to the first feedback -- yes, you are correct -- sometimes we do get silly.  That's what makes life fun!

Shows:  Boomer Sez the next show that WigJig will participate in will be the Lapidary Journal Bead Fest in the Greater Reading Expo Center, in Reading, PA from Friday, October 6th through Sunday, October 8th.  The Greater Reading Expo Center is located at 2525 North 12th Street; Reading, PA 19605.  You can find directions to the Expo Center here.  A map showing the Expo Center can be found here.  Gary Helwig, inventor of the WigJig Jewelry Making Project from Marion Brumbackfamily of tools, will be demonstrating our WigJig tools in the Soft Flex Booth.  Don't look for a sign that says WigJig.  Instead look for the Soft Flex Booth and we will be there.  Boomer hopes that we will see you there!

Guest Jewelry Making Contributor:

Boomer Sez thank you to Marion Brumback who provided us this picture of earrings and a bracelet she made using our WigJig Olympus or Olympus Lite.  Marion lives in Fairfax, VA. and used this pattern from our Wire Design Basics online book.  The bracelet shown uses a magnetic clasp and has a guard chain to prevent the magnets from seeking a new owner.  (We hate it when that happens.)

Christmas Gift Planning:  Boomer sez plan ahead for the Christmas Gift season.  We have added many new items to our store this year and we don't have enough of a purchasing history that we can accurately forecast the demand.  It is quite likely that we will run out of popular items for making gifts.  Please be warned, December may not be the best time to begin planning your Christmas jewelry making projects. 

 

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 September 16th, 2006 or until we run out of that item. 

Free Jewelry Making Design:

3 Strand Onys and Pearl Beads Necklace Jewelry Making Project With 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  3 strand Onyx & Pearl Beads Choker shown at right and below.  This jewelry making project is very similar to the 3 Strand Bracelet from our last newsletter, but longer. Because we are making this to a choker length and people have different sizes of necks, we added a chain to the end of the necklace to allow the length of the choker to be adjustable. 

There are three wire components in this necklace that are made on our WigJig Jewelry Making tools -- a three hole spacer bar finding, a 2-1 connector, and a chain of wrapped links.  The spacer bar and 2-1 connector were made using 18 gauge 1/2 hard wire, the chain was made using 20 gauge 1/2 hard wire.  For this necklace we used 6mm black onyx beads separated by size 6 seed beads with one 6mm white pearl bead in the center of each group of beads.  The groups of beads are separated from one another and the strands of the necklace are held in place by 3 hole spacer bars findings. 

Onyx & Pearl Beads 3 Strand Choker Jewelry Making Project

To view our instructions for how to make this jewelry item please select here or select either 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 Techniques for using a jewelry making jig.

Current Jewelry Making Technique:

This weeks jewelry making technique is a discussion of how to use our WigJig jewelry making tools in the best possible manner.  You could call it "Jigsmanship".  Many people purchase our WigJig tools and aren't immediately successful for the simple reason that although it is very easy to use our tools, it isn't quite as easy to use them in the proper manner.  Intuitively, people want to make a wire component by deciding where the pegs go, placing all the pegs in the jig, and pulling the wire around the pegs.  This approach is not the best way to use your jig.  We have detailed instructions on the recommended approach to using our WigJig jewelry tools in our "Beginners Instructions".  The most important things to remember are:

  1. Start with just two pegs regardless of how many pegs are in your pattern.  Add pegs as you go.
  2. Push the wire with the index finger of your dominant hand while holding and moving the jig with your non-dominant hand.  Use just one finger, your index finger, to push the wire as shown above-right.  With your non-dominant hand (Not shown in the above picture) grasp the corners of your jig and twist/turn the jig to cause the wire to bend. 
  3. Continuing pushing the wire until when you remove all pressure on the wire, the wire will remain adjacent to the hole for the next peg in your pattern.  This will require you to push the wire frequently beyond the next hole, then release your grip on the wire to test to see if the wire stays where you want it.  You may have to push the wire several times to get it to stay where it needs to be.
  4. Use all of your peg.  Notice in the photo above-right that the wire is in the middle of the peg and not flat against the jig. This makes it easier to control the wire.
  5. Push the wire with your finger as close to the peg you are bending the wire against as possible.  This helps to make your wire components to be as consistent as possible. 

When done properly, you will find that this approach is very easy and won't require much force at all.  If you find that it is hard for you to push the wire, you probably aren't doing it correctly. 

  Please select the picture above-right or this text here to visit our detailed instructions for using a jewelry making jig. 

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

Classic Pearl Beads Jewelry Making ProjectThis weeks featured design in our Nostalgia Corner is the design for our Classic Pearl Beads necklace shown at right.   This project is similar to our Onyx & Pearl Beads Choker project discussed above, but only has one strand of pearl beads and is much easier to make.  We recommend using Swarovski Crystal Pearl Beads for both necklaces both because of their high quality and for the simple reason that they can not be easily distinguished from real pearls.    

Pearls make an excellent gift idea and now, you can consider making them as one, two or three strand bracelets or necklaces.  

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

We are continuing to improve our newsletter, so please feel free to provide feedback at info@wigjig.com

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