Beads & Jewelry Making Supplies by WigJig Newsletter for 06/05/2005


WigJig News:

First, the results of the New Jersey Bead Society's vote on their favorite WigJig earrings.  And the winner is our "Money" Earrings.  These earring are shown at right.  To view our instructions for how to make these earrings, please select the picture of the earrings.  The Money Earrings are made with two of our Super Pegs in the same size.  They are relatively simple and apparently that is what the bead society preferred.  The early Vegas betting was that one of our new chandelier earring designs would win, but the betting was wrong.  (I should have known that this was a popular design, because I have sold every pair of these earrings that I have made and I don't try to sell anything.)

Next, our schedule for the month of June has us doing demonstrations on how to use our WigJig tools at the Bead and Button Show in the Milwaukee Midwest Airline Center.  The show will be June 17th through 19th and we will be providing demonstrations in the Soft Flex Booth.  Don't look for WigJig, look for Soft Flex and we will be there.  If you visit the show, please stop by and say hello.

"Money" Earrings Jewelry Making Project Made with Black Diamond Swarovski Beads

Finally, we have a bracelet design contributed by a guest designer.  Cynthia Mariano-Blanchard of Peace River Jewelry contributed the bracelet design shown below.  Cynthia makes these bracelets on one of our WigJig tools using two Super Peg and one regular metal peg.  The bracelets are polished sterling silver and she sells these bracelets for $72 on her web site. 

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 June 17, 2005 or until we run out of that item. 

Swarovski 6mm Bicone Rose Beads

6mm Bicone Swarovski
Rose Beads

Swarovski 6mm Round Garnet Beads

Swarovski 6mm Round
25 Facet Garnet Beads

6mm Cobalt Faceted Round Beads

6mm Round Faceted Cobalt Beads

6mm Czech Glass Pony Beads Dark Amethyst

6mm Czech Amethyst Dark Pony Beads

Jewelry Making Tool Kit for Beginners

Tool Kit for Beginners

Artistic Wire Silver plated Natural Silver

18 Gauge Natural Silver Silver-plated Wire


Free Jewelry 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 Treble Clef Earrings shown at right.  These earrings are similar to our Money Earrings discussed above.  Rather than do a new Money Earring, we decided to change the design slightly.  The Money Earring design uses two Super Pegs the same size.  This jewelry making design uses two Super Pegs in two different sizes.  We call these earrings Treble Clef because of their similarity to the musical symbol -- the treble clef. 

I am not smart enough to tell anyone what the treble clef means in music.  In earrings, it means a simple earring design made with 20 gauge soft wire, that can be completed in about 20 minutes.  Please select either the picture or the name of these earrings at right to visit our instructions for how to make them. 

Treble Clef Beaded Earrings Jewelry Making ProjectTreble Clef Beaded Earrings Jewelry Making ProjectTreble Clef Beaded Earrings Jewelry Making Project

Treble Clef Earrings

Past 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. 
Jewelry Technique:
This weeks jewelry technique is a discussion on how to use the new Argentium anti-tarnish sterling silver wire.  We have discussed in past newsletters how this wire resists tarnish and when it does tarnish, the tarnish does not have the dark black characteristics of conventional sterling silver.  We have a little more experience in using this silver wire and have discovered a few tips that make working with this wire easier.  In fact, the middle of the three Treble Clef Earrings shown above was made with the new Argentium Sterling Silver wire. 

The Argentium Sterling Silver Wire has many advantages over conventional sterling silver.  Unfortunately, in one respect it is similar to conventional sterling silver.  The Argentium wire comes from the manufacturer with a light coating of tarnish.  In this respect it is similar to most conventional sterling silver.  You will find that you will get your best results using the new Argentium Sterling Silver if you wash the wire before you use it.  This sounds silly, but is accurate.  The tarnish on Argentium Sterling Silver wire is easily removed with soap and water.  It doesn't require anything more complicated.  Because it is easier to wash all the surfaces of the wire before you bend it into a jewelry components, we recommend that you wash the wire before you use it to make jewelry.  We have tried a drop of dishwasher soap with some water on our finger tips and pulling the wire between our soapy fingertips several times.  This worked well.  You will want to wash all the surfaces of the wire.  Our experience is that you won't need to scrub the wire.  You won't need and abrasive pad, just five to ten seconds of rubbing with soap and water, enough to work up a lather. 

If you are making jewelry to sell, it is important to have bright shiny pieces for your customers to view, so you will want to wash your wire before you make your jewelry.  If you are making jewelry for yourself, another alternative may be to shower with your jewelry on.  ;-)

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Online Books.  If you are looking for new and interesting jewelry projects -- try one of our Online Books.  Our most detailed instructions are for sale online.  Please select here to view our selection of online books.  These books are delivered over the Internet and there are no shipping costs on an order with just online books. 

Shipping Policy.  We ship all retail orders over $60 for free within the US.  For International orders we ship via UPS international service and charge $34.95 (our average cost) for this expedited shipping service.  Please select here to view our entire shipping policy.

WigJig University.  We provide Over 2,000 web pages of free information, tips, techniques and free jewelry making designs in WigJig University.  We encourage everyone to view this information as a source for new ideas, projects, or a way to learn new techniques.  We now have a page in WigJig University that shows our designs by sorted by the WigJig tool used to make them.  Please select here to view that information. 

International Vendors.  We do have vendors who sell our WigJig products outside the US.  We encourage customers to contact these vendors in their home country.  Please select here to view our list of overseas vendors.  We are also happy to sell our WigJig tools to stores.  Please send us an e-mail if you are interested in selling our WigJig tools. 

Classes.  We have a listing of various jewelry-making classes using our WigJig tools that are offered by bead stores throughout the country.  If you are interested in classes, please select here.  If you know someone who has classes in using our WigJig tools, please ask them to send us an e-mail at so that we can include them in these pages. 

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