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2005 May 22

WigJig Jewelry Tools Presents our Jewelry Making Newsletter:

We had a lot of interest in classes in the Washington, DC area in September.  As soon as we can select a hotel facility to hold the classes, we will contact everyone who responded via e-mail that they were interested.  We appreciate the interest in these classes.  We will attempt to select a date that will satisfy the largest number of respondants

As many of you are aware, we  have had a lot of trouble with the Artistic Wire Natural Silver, silver-plated wire in 18 and 20 gauge.  The folks at Artistic Wire have had and continue to have problems with the manufacturer of this wire.  Our anticipation is that the problems in obtaining this wire aren't yet over as the last batch of this wire that Artistic Wire received had to be returned to their manufacturer.  Now for the good news!  We have some 18 and 20 gauge Natural Silver wire in stock.  Our supply won't last long, but you can view our 18g Natural Silver wire here and our 20g Natural Silver wire here.  

We have had a great response to our new, shorter lengths of precious metal wire.  As a result of this response we had to reorder several sizes and we have added some 1/2 round and square wire in these same shorter lengths.  Please view our gold-filled and sterling silver wire in round, 1/2 round and square to view these new lower priced wire selections.  We have ordered 24 gauge and 26 gauge round wire in our new Anti-Tarnish Argentium Sterling Silver and are waiting for this wire to arrive.  We anticipate having these new gauges of Argentium Sterling Silver within the next month. 

In our next newsletter we will present the results of a recent vote that we had, asking the New Jersey Bead Society to vote for their favorite earring jewelry making project. 

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 June 3, 2005 or until we run out of that item.  

Swarovski 6mm Bicone Aqua Beads

6mm Round Swarovski
50 Facet Topaz Lite Beads

Swarovski 6mm Bicone Capri Beads

Swarovski 6mm Round 
25 Facet Garnet Beads 

4mm Swarovski Montana 25 Facet Round Beads

4mm Swarovski 25 Facet 
Round Montana Beads


Size 6 Topaz Light Seed Beads

Size 6 Topaz Light Seed Beads

Finger Pro Protector Tape

Finger Pro Protection Tape 
Protect your fingers from cuts 
while working with wire


Sterling Silver Chain Flat Figaro Fine

Sterling Silver Flat Figaro Chain Fine
This chain is the smaller of the two chain segments shown above


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 V Shaped Yoke for our Interchangeable Necklace as shown at right.  The yoke is the centerpiece of this necklace.  The interesting thing about this necklace and yoke combination is that the yoke is interchangeable in this necklace.  You can easily make a yoke to match your earrings and change the yoke as you change your earrings.  This particular yoke design is intended to compliment our V Shaped chandelier earrings both in the shape of the yoke and in the beads selected. 

To view our instructions for making this yoke please select either the picture or the name of the earrings at right.  To view our instructions for making our Interchangeable Necklace please select here. 

We believe that this design for an Interchangeable Yoke necklace will be very popular and an excellent compliment to your chandelier earrings.  I like this design because I can spend 30 minutes making a new yoke for an Interchangeable Necklace instead of sending over an hour to make an entirely new necklace.  (Yes you are right, I am lazy.)

Interchangeable Yoke Necklace made on WigJig jewelry tools out of jewelry wire, jewelry supplies and beads.

V Shaped Yoke for our Interchangeable Necklace

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 on nickel in jewelry wire.  For most people, the nickel content of jewelry wire is not an issue.  For some, this is not the case.  Quite a few people are allergic to nickel and are very sensitive to any nickel content in the jewelry they wear.  Because of this there is a law in Europe that requires acknowledgement of the nickel content in any jewelry. 

As it turns out, nickel is an unintended by product of both silver plating and gold plating.  The nickel is used to create the electrolyte bath used in the plating process.  For this reason, most silver plated and gold plated wire will contain minor amounts of nickel as a trace impurity in the wire.  For this reason, if you are allergic to nickel, you should avoid any plated wire or findings. 

Normally sterling silver, Argentium Sterling Silver, gold and gold-filled wire do not contain nickel, even in trace amounts.  For this reason, many people who are allergic to nickel find that they can wear expensive jewelry (sterling silver, gold or gold-filled), but not inexpensive jewelry that may contain plated wire or findings.  Some jewelry may be made with expensive links, but inexpensive plated findings like the clasp.  If you have shopped in our Internet store you will notice that sterling silver and gold-filled clasps cost much more than their plated counterparts.  People who are allergic will react to the nickel in a plated clasp, even though the remainder of the jewelry item might be solid gold or silver. 

In Europe, some jewelry is made from an alloy sometimes called German Silver or Nickel Silver.  As it turns out Nickel Silver has a lot of nickel in it, but absolutely no silver.  Obviously, if you are allergic to nickel, you should avoid any jewelry made with this alloy.  In Europe, the jewelry made with this alloy would be marked with a warning about the nickel content.  In the US and many other countries the jewelry would not contain this warning. 

When making jewelry for other people and in particular when making jewelry for sale, we suggest that you consider the nickel content of the components you use.  We recommend that if you use plated components, that this fact be noted on the item.  

Gold-filled jewelry wire.

Sterling silver jewelry wire.

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