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2005 Mar 27

WigJig Jewelry Tools Presents our Jewelry Making Newsletter:

In our last newsletter we discussed techniques for minimizing tarnish in sterling silver.  At that time we thought that it would be May before we had any of the new Argentium Sterling Silver wire that resists tarnish.  As it turns out, we were lucky and now have this new sterling silver alloy available in round wire in sizes 18, 20 and 22 gauge

This wire is a patented alloy consisting of 92.5% silver, about 5.9% copper and 1.6% germanium.  The tarnish resistance of this silver alloy stems from the fact that germanium combines with elements in the air to form a clear compound that coats the wire.  This germanium compound prevents the sulfur compounds in air pollution from coming in contact with the silver in the wire and for this reason prevents the formation of the dark tarnish that results when silver combines with sulfur compounds.  When this new Argentium sterling wire does tarnish, the tarnish is a light yellow in color and can easily be removed with a soft cloth and soap and water.  Furthermore, this new sterling silver alloy can be soldered and heated just like "old" sterling silver.  We really believe that this new alloy of silver is going to take over the jewelry markets.  Within the next five years, our opinion is that the market for "old" sterling silver will slowly dry up as it is replaced by this new Argentium sterling silver. 

You can view our selection of this new wire here.

One more new item to discuss.  Many of our subscribers have difficulties in printing some of our web pages.  For those people, we have one new thing to try.  If when you print one of our newer web pages you find that the right hand size of the page gets cut off, we suggest that you go into your web browser software and change the "Page Setup".  This is accomplished by selecting the <File> drop down menu and the command "Page Setup" from this menu.  We suggesting using the Portrait orientation for printing and left, right, top and bottom margins of 0.3 inches.  This will help print many of our newer web pages. 

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 April 8, 2005 or until we run out of that item.  

Free Jewelry Making Design:

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 2 Tier Beaded Earrings shown at right.  This is an advanced beginner's jewelry making project.  The two earrings on the left were made using the round peg pattern of the WigJig Cyclops,  Centaur, or Electra.  The earrings at the far right was made using the square peg pattern of the WigJig Delphi, Centaur or Olympus.  This design is one of our better earring designs and for the pattern on the Cyclops, Centaur or Electra we can add a third tier to the earrings to make them truly shoulder duster chandelier earrings.  We haven't seen these earrings on the Red Carpet yet, but who knows.  Please select either the picture or the name at right to view our instructions for making these earrings. 

2 Tier Beaded Earrings Jewelry Making Project Made with Swarovski Sapphire Beads on WigJig jewelry tools.2 Tier Beaded Earrings Jewelry Making Project Made with Swarovski Pearl Beads on WigJig jewelry tools.2 Tier Beaded Earrings Jewelry Making Project Made with Swarovski Rose Beads on WigJig jewelry tools.

2 Tier Beaded Earrings

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 technique is a discussion of how to add a connector to leather, hemp or cord jewelry.  Normally, this connector would be used to connect the clasp to the ends of the cord necklace.  This technique will work well with all sizes of materials, from only 1mm in size up to cord that is almost 1/4" in diameter.  The technique that we describe uses 20 or 22 gauge wire to make a wrapped connector on the end of a segment of cord, leather, or hemp.

While our completed connector at right looks rather sorry, we used orange wire with our hemp cord so that the technique for making the wire connector would stand out.  Standing out is great for instructions, but certainly not what you want with finished jewelry.  For finished jewelry we suggest using a wire color that matches or compliments the color of the stringing material.  (Orange and brown are probably not the best combination.)

Please select either the picture or the name at right to view our instructions for this technique. 

Adding a connector to hemp jewelry
Adding a Connector to Cord, Leather or Hemp Jewelry

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