WigJig Jewelry Tools Presents our Jewelry Making Newsletter:
First, as many of our readers know, we have had difficulty in purchasing the Wacketdown for over a year now. We finally have a tool that can replace the Wacketdown. This new tool is called the Wire Whacker is made of hard, white nylon and performs in exactly the same way as the Wacketdown. We recommend the Wire Whacker, Item 3219, for flattening and hardening larger wire components. The Wire Whacker looks like the Wire Press shown at right, but is made of white nylon instead of red. Please select here to visit the Wire Whacker in our Internet store.
Second, we have a guest wire worker contributing a design to this newsletter. This contributor is Coleen Doherty from Vancouver Island, British Colombia, Canada and she contributed the earrings and necklace shown at left. Coleen has been making jewelry for two years. She indicates that she began this hobby when she was immobilized for an extended period in the hospital. She started with simple projects with beads and findings and has grown into working with wire and using our WigJig tools. The necklace and earrings set shown is made with sterling silver wire, beads and sterling silver spear-type head pins. Coleen indicates that she has many more design ideas that she is working on. You can view many of Coleen's jewelry projects including a larger photograph of this necklace and earring set on her web site at:
Thank you to Coleen for sharing her design ideas with us.
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 November 11, 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 tie chain shown at right. We have received many requests for jewelry designs that were appropriate for use by men and finally we got a request for instructions on how to make a tie chain. This was something that we could do so we came up with the design shown.
The tie chain jewelry making project shown is made up of two wire components made on our WigJig Delphi or Centaur connected to one another by two segments of commercial chain. In the picture at left, the top, almost onion shaped component we call the "button holder" and the wearer would slip a shirt button through the rounded portion of this component, letting the button's thread slide up the slot to the top. The button on the wearer's shirt holds the tie chain in place. The tie is then slid inside the loop in the tie chain which helps to hold the tie in place and helps to keep your tie out of your soup. (We hate it when that happens.)
The centerpiece of the tie chain shown above is a decorative wire component that we call a Flemish Spiral. In an alternative design, we also show how to make a tie chain with a single bead as a centerpiece as shown at right. Finally, the "vanilla" alternative design for a tie chain, is a chain only, with no centerpiece. For this alternative, you would make the button holder wire component and connect it on both sides to the ends of a 6" length of medium chain.
To view our instructions for how to make this jewelry item please select here or any picture above. We hope you like this project. We think that it will make excellent Christmas presents.
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 making technique is the continuation of the series of new pages on how to make common wire components. In these new pages we discuss how we make open loops and wrapped loops. In our vernacular, on open loop is a type of eye loop made to connect beaded components as shown at right. In an open loop, the loop can be opened and closed repeatedly using bent chain nose pliers to allowconnecting it to ear wire findings or other loops.
By contrast, a wrapped loop (shown at left) is a closed loop in that once completed, it can not be opened. For this reason, the wrapped loop is very strong and is an important technique for connecting jewelry components where strength is important like in making the chain for a bracelet. Because the wrapped loop is closed, you must connect it in place as part of the process of making the loop, before the loop is wrapped closed.
To view our instructions on how to make open loops and wrapped loops, please select here or any of the pictures above.
We have also added some new pages of information to our beginner's instructions including information for beginners on jewelry making tools, on jewelry making supplies and on beginner's jewelry making skills. To view these new pages of information select here and follow the links at the bottom of the page.
We are continuing to improve our newsletter, so please feel free to provide feedback at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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