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2007 Feb 12

SpokesDog Boomer for Beads, Tools and Jewelry Making Supplies by WigJig Web SiteWigJig Jewelry Tools Presents our Jewelry Making Newsletter -- AKA Boomer Sez:

Our Spokesdog:  If an insurance company can have a gecko, we have decided that we can have a spokesdog.  Boomer, shown at right, is our spokesdog

Shows:  Thank you to all the people who stopped by the Best Bead Show in Tucson last week to say hello.  We really appreciate the opportunity to talk to our customers.  Unfortunately, because of the show, we are slower than we intended in getting this newsletter out.  Boomer apologizes for the delay. 

6mm Round Amethyst CZ Gemstone

Birthstone:  The birthstone for February is the amethyst.  Amethyst is a purple variety of quartz (Silicon Dioxide) and as such has a hardness of 7.  Amethyst as an element in jewelry was known since antiquity and was very popular among the ancient Egyptians and Greeks.  The name amethyst comes from a Greek word meaning "not drunken".  This name was devised because the ancient Greeks believed that drinking from an amethyst cup could prevent intoxication.  (Boomer sez don't try this at home.  It doesn't work.)  While amethyst was traditionally included among the "cardinal", or most valuable gemstones (including diamond, sapphire, ruby and emerald), amethyst has recently declined in value due to the discovery of extensive deposits of the gemstone.  

There is some diversity of opinion on the chemical source of the purple color in amethyst.  Interesting enough, upon exposure to heat, amethyst becomes yellow.  In fact, citrine, a yellow variety of quartz, is sometimes called "burnt amethyst".  

We have placed our 6mm Amethyst CZs on sale for the next two weeks.  Select the picture, above-left, to view these CZs in our Internet store.  It is important to note that CZs are actually harder and may be stronger than real amethyst.  With a hardness of 7, real amethyst is vulnerable to being scratched by most sand.  CZs with a hardness of 8.5 are actually invulnerable to scratching by sand and by most other materials and CZs won't change colors when heated to temperatures under 2750 degrees C.  (This won't happen in the family oven.) 

Hardness of Gemstones:  We have added a  new web page to our WigJig Encyclopedia of Jewelry Making.  It is a page on the hardness of materials that you can view here.

Jewelry Making Suplies 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 February 26th 2007 or until we run out of that item. 

Free Jewelry Making Design:

Bead Still My Heart Jewelry Wire Earrings with Beads Jewelry Making Project with Swarovski BeadsBead Still My Heart Jewelry Wire Earrings with Beads Jewelry Making Project with Crystal BeadsWith 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 Bead Still My Heart Wire and BeadsEarrings jewelry making project.  The name for these earrings was provided by Lisa Vernon of Soft Flex Company during the Tucson Bead Show. 

These earrings are a beginner's jewelry making project and are perfectly suited for Valentines Day.  The heart shape is made using two 5/16" Super Pegs.  This design can be made on any of our WigJig tools.  This pattern uses 9" of 18 gauge soft wire, 3" of 20 or 22 gauge wire, 6" of 24 or 26 gauge wire, 3" of commercial chain and a pair of commercial ear wires. 

To view our instructions for how to make these Bead Still My Heart Wire & Beads Earrings select here, or 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. 

Oval Ear Wire Finding Jewelry Making ProjectOval Ear Wire Finding Jewelry Making ProjectCurrent Jewelry Making Technique:

This weeks jewelry making technique is a design for making the oval ear wires shown at left and made into an earring at right.  These oval ear wires are a rather unique ear wire finding and a good way to turn an interesting bead into a nice pair of earrings. 

The oval ear wire finding shown is made using a 3/4" Super Peg from our set of three Large Round Super Pegs or by using a Spiral Maker in place of the 3/4" Super Peg.  (They are the same diameter.)  This project is a good beginner's project because they are easy to make, take very little time to make and end with a product that doesn't look like it was purchased off the shelf.  Because ear wires require hardening and filing there are additional tools required to complete this project.  You will need a hammer and anvil or bench block and a cup bur tool.  The cup bur is to round the cut end of the ear wire to remove any burs.  The hammer and anvil are to harden the wire so that the shape will be permanent. 

If you are interested in making your own ear wires, this is a project that you should try.  You can view our instructions for making the oval ear wire finding by selecting either picture above or by selecting here.

Nostalgia Corner -- Some of our favorite jewelry making designs:Money Wire and Beads Earrings Jewelry Making Project made on WigJig jewelry tools.

Money Wire and Beads Earrings Jewelry Making Project made on WigJig jewelry tools.This weeks featured design in our Nostalgia Corner is the design for our Money Earrings shown here.  We also call this design Treble Clef Earrings since the design is similar to the musical symbol.  These earrings are almost always the most popular jewelry making project we have when we ask people at a show, which jewelry they like the best. 

We modified our basic instructions for making the money earrings that makes it easier to complete the earrings.  This modification is to use your round nose pliers to bend the wire in a semi-circle to help in starting the wrap at the top of the earrings.  If you follow the links here, step 13 will describe how to use your round nose pliers to start this wrap.  Using your round nose pliers gets the wrap started at the correct place on the wire and makes the rest of the wrap easy. 

Please select here, or select the picture above-right to view our instructions for making the Money Wire & Beads Earrings jewelry making project.

We are continuing to improve our newsletter, so please feel free to provide feedback at info@wigjig.com

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