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2005 Aug 29

WigJig Jewelry Tools Presents our Jewelry Making Newsletter:

This past week, Gary Helwig was in Sonoma, California teaching classes.  For that reason, we are later than usual in getting our newsletter out.

In our last newsletter we had a jewelry design by a guest contributor, Gwenda Rabelink of The Netherlands.  Unfortunately, we had a typo in her e-mail address.  If you wish to contact her she can be reached  Please forgive our typo.  If you sent Gwenda an e-mail and did not receive a response, the error was ours, not hers.

Let's talk about classes.  Ruth Blau of Alexandria, Virginia was kind enough to point us to the Rockville Arts Place.  They have a gallery that is suitable for classes of up to 40 people at a price that we can afford.  We have reserved the gallery for a class on Saturday, October 15th.  The class will run between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM with a break for lunch.  The cost for this class will be $90.  This price will include wire and class notes.  Students will be responsible for providing their own tools.  Now for the important stuff.  The morning session will be beginning wire working techniques including the information provided in our Beginner's Instructions pages.  We will teach the WigJig way of making things with wire.  In the afternoon we will teach the three earrings shown below.  The goal is that this will be a beginners session focused on people who have tried to get started but haven't been successful learning from our web pages alone. 

Simple Earrings Jewelry Making Project made on WigJig jewelry tools out of jewelry wire. Square Earrings Jewelry Making Project made on WigJig jewelry tools out of jewelry wire and beads.

Chandelier Earrings Jewelry Making Project Made with Swarovski Amethyst Beads made on WigJig jewelry tools.

For those who are interested, we will need a credit card to charge the $90 course fee in advance.  Of this fee $45 will be refundable to your credit card if you can not make the class. Please send us an e-mail if you would like to register for this class.  Based upon your e-mail we will contact you to arrange payment.  Please include your telephone number and suggested times to call in your e-mail. 

Finally, we have added to the instructions in the Adobe Acrobat .pdf file format on our web site.  These instructions are available for jewelry stores and instructors to use as class notes and may be re-printed for teaching students.  Many of our customers also prefer this style of instructions over our normal web format.  You can view these jewelry making instructions in .pdf format here.  Please note that the designs aren't new, only the presentation of the designs. 

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 September 16, 2005 or until we run out of that item.  

Free Jewelry Making Design:

Gold-Filled Ring 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 ring shown at right.  We don't have a lot of patterns for rings and there is a good reason.  It isn't obvious how to use a 2-dimensional pattern to make a 3-dimensional ring.  Sometimes inspiration strikes us and the idea for this ring came to us at a time when we were ready to try new things.  (Our professional jewelry critic, my wife, has indicated that we have too many earring patterns.  So now we are motivated to try some rings.)  We hope to have a few different ring patterns in the next few months. 

Gold-filled Ring Jewelry Making Project Made with Swarovski Pearl BeadsThis pattern requires a ring mandrel, either the wooden ring mandrel or the metal ring madrel to complete the project.  It also uses a WigJig Delphi or Centaur with a 1/4" Super Peg.  It is an intermediate jewelry making project.  The ring can be made with a decorative bead or without, as shown above-right.  The ring is made with 18 gauge soft, round wire and with 21 gauge 1/2 round wire. 

To view our instructions for how to make this jewelry item please 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 the technique in that newsletter. 

Current Jewelry Making Technique:

This weeks jewelry technique is a discussion on how to cut wire.  This is a skill that is almost obvious and is perhaps the most basic skill in making jewelry.  We want to discuss this technique with a slight twist.  The twist is being consistent, or stated another way, good jewelry making habits.  The habit we suggest that you learn is to consistently cut your wire so that you leave a flush or dull cut end of wire on your spool.  The reasons are described in the following paragraphs.

 The most important reason for leaving a flush cut on your spool of wire is that you want to save on adhesive bandages and antiseptic.  If you store your wire with a sharp end on the wire, there is a good chance that you will eventually cut yourself.  By always leaving a flush cut on the ends of your wire in storage, you are far less likely to suffer a puncture wound when you go to grab some wire while you are thinking about other things like how to mount a 4mm round bead onto a ring. 

The second reason is also important, but somewhat less obvious.  When making jewelry you need habits that allow you to save time.  One of these habits that helps save time is always knowing which end of a cut segment of wire will have the flush cut on it.  If you follow this habit, the end of the wire first off the spool will have the flush cut and the end of the wire last off the spool will be sharp and pointed.  When you have developed this habit you will always know that you use the front or first part of the wire segment for making your loop in preparation for straightening the wire prior to making a wire component on your WigJig

Developing good jewelry making habits like this will help save time by cutting steps and helping you to be more consistent. 

You can view more information on how to cut wire with your flush cutter jewelry tool select here.  

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