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 thetechnique in that newsletter.
Current Jewelry Making Technique:
This 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:
This 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.