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2005 Sep 12

WigJig Jewelry Tools Presents our Jewelry Making Newsletter:

New Products at new prices!  We now have several new colors and sizes of grade B freshwater pearls in 16" strands and several new 16 inch stands of 6mm semi precious gemstones in grades A, AB and B.  Please visit all our Freshwater Pearl and 6mm gemstone pages to view all of these new products.  These 16" strands are priced to sell!

More about our class on October 15th.  The purpose of this class is to provide every student with the information necessary so that they can be successful making jewelry using the free instructions on our web site.  Our goal is not to teach a few jewelry designs, it is to teach the vocabulary, skills and techniques so that the student will be able to make the 100's of free designs on our web site.  The specific pieces that we will teach are shown below.  If we have time after going through these pieces we will proceed to a bracelet project. 

Queen of Clubs Jewelry Making Project Made with Swarovski Amethyst Beads Simple Earrings Jewelry Making Project Square Earrings Jewelry Making Project Chandelier Earrings Jewelry Making Project Made with Swarovski Amethyst Beads

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.  (Those who have already responded will not need to send a second e-mail.)  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. 

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 30, 2005 or until we run out of that item.  

Free Jewelry Making Design:

3 Tier Chandelier Earrings Jewelry Making Project Made with Emerald Beads made on WigJig jewelry tools.3 Tier Earrings Jewelry Making Project Made with Sapphire Beads made on WigJig jewelry tools.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 chandelier earrings shown at right.  In the past we did not have directions for 3 Tier Chandelier earrings using one of our square jigs.  This pattern uses the square peg pattern of the WigJig Delphi or Centaur.  We believe that this design will be popular. 

This is an advanced beginners jewelry making project.  The key skills necessary to make these earrings are the ability to make a bead dangle with a head pin and beads and the ability to make a wrapped bead link to connect wire components. 

The earrings shown at right were made with Swarovski crystal beads.  For a more striking effect, you can replace some of the crystal beads with crystal AB beads and the earrings will reflect light better especially in low light situations. 

To view our instructions for how to make this jewelry item please select here or 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:

The steps involved in making a wire component on one of our WigJig tools are relatively consistent regardless of the piece you are making.  They are simply 1. cut a piece of wire the appropriate length, 2. make a loop in one end of this wire, 3. straighten the wire. 4.  wrap the wire around the pattern of pegs on your jig, 5. remove the wire from your jig and cut the excess wire then close the final loop, and 6. finish the piece and set the design by hardening/flattening the piece.  The technique that we will discuss this week is step 6, finishing the piece. 

After you remove a wire component made on one of our WigJig tools and cut the excess wire, you will find that the piece is not quite ready for prime time.  The piece will be slightly three dimensional.  The next step is to flatten the piece.  This step is necessary because it is very difficult to push the wire all the way down while you are wrapping it around the pegs on your jig.  In fact, with your fingers alone, it is almost impossible to make a piece that will come off your jig and be perfectly flat.  What is required is a tool to help you flatten the wire component.  The tool that we recommend is nylon jaw pliers. 

Finishing Jewelry Making Technique using nylon jaw pliers jewerly tool to shape jewelry wire.After removing a wire component from one of our WigJig tools and cutting the excess wire, we always flatten the wire component by squeezing it in the jaws of our nylon jaw pliers.  The leverage provided by the jaws of the pliers allows you to flatten the wire, where your fingers alone could not.  Unfortunately, for us this is as automatic as breathing out after you breathe in.  For this reason, Finishing Jewelry Making Technique Step 2 using nylon jaw pliers jewelry tools to shape jewelry wire.sometimes in our instructions we fail to mention this requirement.  Please know that for almost every wire component, this step is necessary even if we don't mention it in our instructions.  The process is very simple, place the wire component in the jaws of your nylon jaw pliers and squeeze firmly with the wire held in several different orientations in the jaws of your pliers.  You will notice that the piece will become flatter and stiffer.

With some pieces a little more finishing will be required.  After removing the wire from your nylon jaw pliers you may need to "hand finish" your piece.  This means that you view the piece and manipulate it by hand so that it is positioned properly.  Sometimes you may need to use Finishing Jewelry Making Technique using round nose pliers jewelry tool to shape jewelry wire.your pliers to help you with hand finishing.  The pliers can help you to grip a loop of wire and manipulate it, where your fingers alone would not be strong enough.  The proper way to perform hand finishing with your pliers is to insert your round nose into the loop as far as they will go, then grip lightly with the pliers, pushing or pulling the loop into position.  Step Jaw Pliers may also be used and will generally result in fewer marks on your wire.  You are done with the hand finishing when the piece appears the way you want it to.

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