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2003 Apr 27

WigJig Jewelry Tools Presents our Jewelry Making Newsletter for April 27, 2003

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

So far, for the last half of April we have received 339 orders.  We plan on giving $1 for every order we receive during the last half of April to the Navy/Marine Corps Relief Society once the month is complete. 

Please Help us!  In the last newsletter, we asked everyone who was aware of any publicly available lessons on how to use our WigJig tools  to contact us so that we could add their contact information to our web site.  We received several responses, but are still working to complete the listing.  You can view the initial results here.  If  you know of anyone who would like to be included on a web page of folks providing classes please send us an e-mail with the name, address, telephone number and e-mail address (if available) so that we can post that information.  Please send it to: info@wigjig.com.

Effective May 1st, we will be increasing the price for the WigJig Olympus-Lite to $20.97 and the price of the WigJig Delphi to $21.97.

JEWELRY MAKING SUPPLIES ON SALE:

We update the items we have on special sale pricing with every newsletter.  A small sample of the products we currently have on sale are shown below.  Please click on any of the text below the pictures to view our entire list of sale items.  Quantities are limited for these items so please shop early.  This sale will be effective from April 27 through May 10th, 2003.

 

FREE JEWELRY WIRE DESIGN:

With every newsletter we provide a free design from WigJig University to spur the creative juices.  This newsletter's free design is the Dragonfly Wire Sculpture shown at right.  These piece was made using 18G Black, 22G Black and 18G Silver Blue Artistic Wire.  The piece uses a 1/4 inch and 1/8 inch dowels to make the body and tail of this piece.  
 

Dragonfly wire sculpture made out of jewelry wire using WigJig jewelry tools.

Dragonfly Wire Sculpture made on WigJig Jewelry Tools

 

Braided Gems Nedcklace made out of bead stringing wire and beads.

Braided Gems Necklace

This elegant pearl and crystal set includes matching necklace, bracelet and earrings.

 

Jewelry making question of the week:

Our WigJig University wire-working question for this newsletter is about jewelry wire hardness.  First, what is hardness.  Hardness in wire is the resistance of the wire to bending.  Soft wire bends very easily.  Hard wire is very stiff and wants to retain its original shape.  Memory Wire is a good example of a very hard wire.  Memory wire resists bending and returns to its original shape if possible. 

Hardness is determined by the manufacturing process of the jewelry wire.  Most precious metal wire is made by pulling the wire through a hole (orifice) of a defined size. Smaller sizes of wire are made by sequentially pulling the wire through progressively smaller holes.  Each time the wire is pulled through the hole it becomes harder. 

With the manufacture of gold, gold-filled, sterling silver and other precious metal wires, the wires are manufactured with a defined hardness.  Manufacturers generally make this jewelry wire as a hardness of 0, 1, 2, 3, or 4.  The hardness of 0 is dead soft wire.  The hardness of 4 is fully hardened wire.  A hardness of 2 is half-hard wire.

Most jewelry wire is sold without an indicated hardness.  For the majority of this wire, the absence of a hardness indication means that the wire is dead soft.  Brass, copper or Artistic Wire are sold as soft wire.  With Niobium wire, this wire is also sold without an indicated hardness and in our experience generally has a hardness of fully hardened. 

Each hardness of jewelry wire has its own advantages and disadvantages.  Soft wire bends easily and makes excellent rounded shapes.  Because soft wire bends so easily, it must be hardened after working the wire into a finished jewelry piece.  Frequently soft wire is hardened by hammering the finished piece with a hammer and anvil.  Soft wire is excellent for making spirals and other rounded shapes, but soft wire will not make crisp corners, by contrast it makes rounded bends.  Hard wire is very stiff and requires almost no hardening.  Hard wire resists bending, but once enough force is applied hard wire will bend and it makes very crisp, sharp corners.  Half-hard wire is a compromise between hard and soft wire.  Half-hard wire makes excellent wrapped loops and makes tight corners or bends.  Half-hard wire does not make good spirals. 

Our experience is that hard jewelry wire is too difficult to work with.  Half-hard wire works very well when tight bends and wrapped loops are required.  Soft wire works best when spirals or other rounded shapes are required. 

 

 

 

 

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