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 week's jewelry making technique is a two part technique. The first of the two techniques that we will discuss will be how to use a commercial chain, with an existing clasp, like the commercial chains that we sell, with our bling gemstone pendant settings, some with a smaller hole. In the pictures below, you can view at far left, that the loop in the end of the commercial chain is too large to fit into the loop in the pendant setting. In the picture near-left, you can view using bent closing pliers to gently squeeze the loop in the end of the chain until the loop is oval. In the picture near-right you can see that this oval loop fits through the loops in the pendant setting. In the picture far-right you can view the chain in its final position. Please select here to view our detailed information on how to make a commercial chain fit with smaller pendant settings.
Our second jewelry making technique for this newsletter is an introduction to our new free video in WigJig Video University on making jewelry with our WigJig jewelry making tools. In this video, we review the basics of how to cut wire, how to make a loop in wire, how to straighten wire, and how to make a wire component on our WigJig tools. For those of you who aren't totally comfortable with using our WigJig tools, this video will show how we push the wire while turning the jig and how we start with two pegs in any pattern that we make, adding pegs as be go. The video is targeted for beginners to advanced beginners. You can view this video by selecting the picture at right, or by selecting here. For those readers who have a slow Internet connection, you can view our video on the You Tube web site at slightly lower resolution by selecting here. The video will download faster from the You Tube web site.
Our intention is that this video will be the first of many, although, our follow-on videos will be part of an online course that we will sell for $24.95. We hope to have this online course available for sale in December 2007.
Nostalgia Corner Some of our favorite jewelry making designs:
This week's featured design in our Nostalgia Corner is the design for our Bull's Eye Wire Earrings with Beads shown here, left and right. Our niece and videographer, Brittany, likes these earrings and let it be known that she would like a pair. Fortunately, we had a pair ready to go. So, to say thank you to Brittany for her hard work in getting WigJig Video University started, we selected her as Employee of the Month and gave her the earrings shown at right in recognition of her achievement. It only seems fitting to designate this design for our Nostalgia Corner.
Please select here, or select either picture above to view our instructions for making our Bull's Eye Earrings Project shown here.