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2006 Dec 10

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

New Jewelry Making Items:

We added some new sizes of the earring settings for our bling gemstones.  You can view all of our earring settings for our gemstones in gold here and in silver here.  We have also added some new jewelry/gift boxes.  Our gift boxes can be found in our store by visiting either our "Tools n Supplies" Department or our Miscellaneous page.  then selecting the "Gift Boxes" Sub-Department, or by just selecting here.  Our new selection of gift boxes include gold foil gift boxes with a cotton lining and black leatherette boxes for earrings and necklaces.  Unfortunately, our only picture of the leatherette boxes shows a white box instead of the black box that we sell.  In the future we will replace our picture for these boxes.  You can view our leatherette boxes below-left and you can view our gold foil gift boxes below-right.  Remember the color of the leatherette boxes is black.  This will allow our simulated diamond gemstones to really shine against a dark background. 

Black Leatherette Jewelry Gift Box Black Leatherette Necklace Jewelry Gift Box Blue Topaz Gemstones for Making Jewelry

New Vendor Selling WigJig Tools with Classes:  

We now have a vendor in Malaysia who both sells our WigJig tools and has classes.  The vendor is House of Beads and they are in N. Sembilan, Malaysia.  The House of Beads can be reached by e-mail at and you can visit their web site here

Blue Zircon Jewelry Making GemstoneBirthstone for December:  The modern birthstone for December is the Blue Zircon.  Zircon is a naturally occurring gemstone and is not the same thing as the laboratory made Cubic Zirconia.  Zircon comes in many colors but the blue variety has become the most popular.  Zircon is one of the heaviest gemstones so when sold by carat weight, it will be smaller than other gemstones of the same weight.  (This won't be a factor where the stones are sold by size like 8mm.)  Zircon is relatively hard and can be chipped if handled roughly.  The hardness of Zircon is 8 on the Mohs scale (Quartz sand has a hardness of 7 and diamonds have a hardness of 10.) 

Ruby Jewelry Making GemstoneThe traditional (old) birthstone for December is the Ruby.  Ruby is distinctive not only for its red color but for its hardness.  With a hardness of 9, the ruby is harder than everything but a diamond.  With rubies, in general, the deeper the red color the more valuable the gemstone.  Natural rubies are expected to have inclusions (small internal imperfections) but because of the dark color these imperfections are frequently not noticeable.  Fine quality rubies are among the most expensive naturally occurring gemstones and can be more expensive than diamonds with the exception of the more rare colors of diamonds. 

Please don't ask us the difference between the modern and traditional birthstones.  We don't know. 


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 December 25th, 2006 or until we run out of that item. 

6mm Swarovski Pearl Beads Cream Color

6mm Swarovski Crystal 
Pearls Cream
Package of 100 Crystal Pearls

8mm Round Swarovski Montana Beads

8mm Round Swarovski Montana Beads 
Package of 6 beads

Leatherette Jewelry Box
Black Simulated Leather Earring Box
1 Box in Black Simulated Leather

Bead Board Economy
Bead Board Economy Jewelry Tool
1 Bead Board

Gold Foil Jewelry Gift Box
Gold Foil Gift Box 2.5"x1.5"x7/8"
1 Gift Box


18 Gauge Artistic Wire Natural Silver Anti Tarnish Jewelry Wire
24G Natural Silver Anti-Tarnish
Silver Plated wire

30' Spool

Free Jewelry Making Design:

Onyx Beads Square Knot Braceelt Jewelry Making Project Beads & Square Kno tBracelet 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 Beads & Square Knot Bracelet shown here.  These bracelets use the same square knot wire component that we used to make the earrings in our last newsletter.  This square knot wire component can be made on any WigJig tool using one regular metal peg and a 3/16" Super Peg.  We have added some new pictures to our instructions for making the square knot wire component that will make it easier to understand how this component is assembled. 

To view our instructions for how to make these Beads & Square Knot bracelets 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 theJewelry Wire Watchband Jewelry Making Finding Assemblytechnique in that newsletter. 

Current Jewelry Making Technique:

Jewelry Wire Watchband Jewelry Making FindingThis weeks jewelry making technique is the technique for making a jewelry wire chain to connect to a watch without a wire loop like the watches shown  here.  Because of the size of the hole in these watches, frequently the bend in a smaller loop will not allow it to fit through the hole in the watch face.  For this reason, we need to make a link with a larger loop on one side and a smaller loop to match the size of the loops in your chain on the opposite side.  This type of link can be made on any WigJig tool, but requires a regular metal peg and two Super Pegs.  For the links shown here, a 3/16" and a 1/4" Super Peg were used.  For some watches, a 5/16" Super Peg may be required instead of the 1/4" Super Peg.  (These watches make great Christmas presents.)  

  You can view our instructions for making the two size loop link by selecting either picture above or by selecting here.

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

Classic Pearl Beads Necklace Jewelry Making ProjectThis weeks featured design in our Nostalgia Corner is the design for our Classic Pearl Beads Necklace shown at right.    This necklace is truly a classic piece of jewelry.  We use Swarovski Crystal Pearl Beads to make the necklace.  These are high quality simulated pearls and look identical to expensive real pearls.  The end result is a necklace that looks like it would costs hundreds, if not thousands of dollars but only costs about $10 to $15 to make. 

The pearl beads are strung on Soft Flex or Soft Touch Bead Stringing Wire.  This project is very quick to make because it takes less time to string beads on Soft Flex than it takes to knot beads on silk thread.  Historically knots were required because with silk thread the question is not whether the silk will break, it is a question of when it will break.  By using Soft Flex Bead Stringing Wire, you do not require the knots because the Soft Flex is made of stainless steel and won't break.  To create the same visual effect as knotted silk, we use seed beads between our pearl beads. 

We think you will like this necklace.  We have placed our 6mm Cream Swarovski Crystal Pearls on sale this week.  You can view these pearl beads in our Internet store here.

Please select here, or select the picture above-right to view our instructions for making the Classic Pearl Beads Necklace Jewelry Making Project.


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