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 adapt a pattern made on our WigJig Delphi to be made on our WigJig Olympus or Olympus Lite. With this weeks new jewelry making project, we used the WigJig Centaur or Delphi to make the earrings shown above. This paragraph will try to discuss what to do to adapt a pattern from one jig to another.
Our jigs are designed to have a square pattern when oriented on the horizontal and vertical as shown on the left above, and to also have a square pattern when oriented on the diagonal as shown on the right above. Because of the way our jigs are made, the pattern on the diagonal is significantly smaller than the pattern on the horizontal and vertical.
To convert a pattern from our WigJig Delphi to our WigJig Olympus or Olympus-Lite you need to translate a pattern on the horizontal and vertical on the Delphi or Centaur to the diagonal on the Olympus or Olympus-lite. You can view a web page where we show pieces made on each orientation on each jig here.
Nostalgia Corner -- Some of our favorite jewelry making designs:
This weeks featured design in our Nostalgia Corner is the design for our 5+1 Beaded Chandelier Earrings shown at right. These earrings were selected because this design can be easily modified to replace the 8mm bead in the center of these earrings with an 8mm gemstone set in the low wall bezel setting just like this weeks new jewelry project above.
This earring design could also be modified to incorporate chain just like our new project above. In fact the bottom wire component from these earrings is very similar to the bottom component in our new jewelry project above.
This is a relatively easy design to make and should look great with an 8mm gemstone in the center. Here is a way to make some really spectacular earrings using colored gemstones like aquamarine, blue topaz, emerald, ruby, etc.
Please select here, or select the picture at left to view our instructions for making the 5+1 Beaded Chandelier Earrings.