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WigJig Design Contest: During the next three months, we are going to hold a design contest. Anyone who would like to submit a design for consideration is welcome. The project submitted must be made out of wire and/or beads using one of our WigJig tools. It should be your original work. Please select only projects that you are willing to allow us to publish in our newsletter. We will select monthly winners and after three months we will select an Grand Prize Winner in April 2011. All the winners designs will be published in our WigJig newsletter along with instructions on how to make the winning design. Winning designs will be selected based upon originality, and artistic content. We are seeking designs that are entirely new, or show a new way of employing components from our web site. Preference will be given to designs that are suitable for advanced beginners to intermediate wire workers. Designs that are so advanced that we could not describe how to make them in fewer than ten pages, will be considered, but designs that are easy to document will be given preference in the judging. Designs that use materials that are readily available will be given preference. The materials do not need to be purchased from our WigJig store, but need to be available for purchase at some Internet store.
Monthly winners will receive a $100 credit in our WigJig store. The grand prize winner will be selected from the three monthly prize winners and will receive an additional $200 credit in our WigJig store.
To submit a jewelry design for consideration in this contest, you will need to send us an e-mail including your name, address, e-mail address, telephone number, and one or more pictures of your jewelry design. Please send your e-mails to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please use "WigJig Design Contest" as the subject line in your e-mail.
Birthstone for January: The modern birthstone for January is the Garnet. The term garnet applies to many different chemical compounds generically called neosilicates. While garnets normally come in the red color shown here, garnets can come in the greatest variety of colors of any gemstone. The use of garnets as a gem can be traced to pre-historic times. Beginning in the late 19th century garnets were used as an industrial abrasive in addition to being as a gemstone. The varieties of garnet have a hardness between 6.5 and 7.5 on the Mohs hardness scale (quartz has a hardness of 7). Please select here to view more information on garnet gemstones. We sell both mined and man-made garnets in our Internet store. Select either picture above right to view our selection of garnet gemstones.
for February: 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.
Please notice that we now have square copper wire in both half-hard and soft, also we now have 1/2 round, half-hard copper wire. Because of the extremely high price of gold, perhaps copper is a good choice for some of your jewelry. It is also a very good choice as practice wire.
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 links 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 1st, 2011 or until we run out of that item.
Non-Tarnish Silver, Silver-Plated Wire
Jewelry Design: Our new jewelry making project for this newsletter
is a new bracelet design that we call the Double 8 Jewelry Wire Bracelet.
You can view this bracelet below.
As you can see, this bracelet is made without any beads. In the above bracelet we used figure 8 connectors to connect the double 8 wire components together. The bracelet design could be easily modified to replace the figure 8 connectors with wrapped bead links. Had we done this, the bracelet would have been more colorful and would have needed fewer of the double 8 wire components because the wrapped bead links are longer than the figure 8 connector that they would replace. Both styles of this bracelet would be very nice.
Because we made this bracelet in copper and did not have a clasp that we liked made of copper, we made the clasp used with this bracelet. Our free jewelry making instructions document how we made the clasp shown.
The bracelet shown above is made of 20 gauge soft copper wire. The next time we make it, we will make the double 8 wire components out of 18 gauge soft wire. Both gauges work well. 18 gauge makes a bracelet that is bolder looking. 20 gauge makes a bracelet that is lighter and more delicate. Personal preference should dictate which size wire will work better for you.
Our Nostalgia Corner project for this newsletter is our Deluxe Triplex Bracelet. The reason this project was selected was because the technique for connecting the wire components together into a bracelet is by using the wrapped bead link. This same technique can be used with our new jewelry project for this newsletter, the Double 8 Jewelry Wire Bracelet. Both bracelets are similar in that the long axis of the wire component is perpendicular to the axis of the bracelet. This bracelet may be our favorite bracelet design. It takes about 3 hours to make this bracelet, but it is worth it. Please select here or select the picture above-right to view our instructions on how to make the Deluxe Triplex Bracelet.
Warning! Joke Follows.
If you have ever in your entire life been offended by any joke -- please skip the below paragraphs. It is not our intention to offend anyone! We don't write these jokes, we only re-tell jokes that we have heard on the public radio, television or over the Internet.
Four engineers are sitting in a hot tub, when the hot tub suddenly stops running. They each discuss their impressions of the cause of the problem.
First, the mechanical engineer says --"I think it is a mechanical problem, one of the valves in the piping must have failed blocking the flow of the water. It is a mechanical problem."
Second the chemical engineer says "I think it is a chemical problem. The fuel air mixture in the propane heating element for the hot tub is not correct and the gas is not burning properly. It is a chemical problem."
Third, the electrical engineer says "I think it is an electrical problem. The electricity is not getting to the igniter for the propane heater to create the spark that lights the gas. It is an electrical problem."
Finally, the Microsoft Software Engineer says "I don't know what is causing the problem, but why don't we try getting out of the hot tub and then get back in to see if that fixes the problem."
(Editors note: For those of our readers who don't have a Windows software based computer, getting out of a program and then reinitiating the program is the first step in troubleshooting a software problem. Hence the joke.)
In our last e-mail we discussed why we elected to move to Texas. As the results of the census are now becoming available, it turns out that we are not alone. Texas is the fastest growing state in the union and will gain four representatives in the 2012 congress. The reasons why we chose Texas appear to appeal to many people. The census results show that states with no income tax grew faster than states with high taxes. In fact, many states with high taxes lost population at a higher rate. To us this seems logical. People move to where the climate favors them. This includes both the weather and the economic climate. Some people don't appreciate the hot summers in South Central Texas where we live, but who is going to say no to a 6% pay raise for moving to a state with no income tax. Obviously, many thousands of people won't and as a result the population of Texas is growing.
We don't consider it a political statement for us to state why we chose to move and why we selected Texas. We consider it a simple statement of facts. Obviously, the census shows that our decision process was shared by many, many people with the result that Texas is the fastest growing state. Unfortunately, as a result of our last newsletter we received the two rudest and nastiest e-mails that we have ever received. These two individuals thought that stating facts was unacceptable political posturing. One individual used the word greed and greedy at least ten times in one paragraph. The other individual made some very rude comments about us and Texas. We are sorry that these two individuals were so strongly upset by a simple statement of facts. If the truth is considered hostile, then states like Maryland will continue to take actions that result in population loss and reductions in state revenues at the time when they really need to increase revenues. If the governments in Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio and New York continue to refuse to listen to facts, then their citizens will continue to leave the state and the result will be a higher tax burden for those citizens who are left behind. Can't the same thing happen on a national level?
More Boomer Philosophy:
If you think that the government is doing the right thing by increasing the price of electricity throughout the country by having the EPA tax carbon emissions, then please view this video by Professor Bjorn Lomborg:
Professor Lomborg is an ultra liberal professor of economics in Denmark, and a former member of Green Peace. His topic is how to address global warming. He believes that global warming is happening. He has also looked at the situation with an honest and open mind. What he has to say shows us the errors in the thinking of many environmentalists. Please view this video. These are facts and not political spin.
Sunset in Texas:
During the winter, the sunsets in Texas are less exciting. While not exactly boring, they are less spectacular than the sunsets in the summer when there are more clouds and more humidity. We will close out 2010 with these two sunset pictures. I don't anticipate anymore sunset pictures until next spring.
Shipping Policy. We waive the shipping charge on orders over $60 shipped within the US (as long as these orders remain over $60). For International orders we ship via Global Priority Mail and charge $5 over the US Mail charge for this shipping service. Please select here to view our entire shipping policy.
WigJig University. We provide over 3,000 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 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 email@example.com so that we can include them in these pages.
We are continuing to improve our newsletter, so please feel free to provide feedback at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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