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Birthstone for December: The birthstone for December is the zircon. We sell man made blue zircon gemstones. Please select the picture at right to view these products in our Internet store. Please select here to view more information on blue zircon gemstones. Blue zircon's are essentially unheard of in nature, but can be made by heating naturally occurring colorless or brown zircons. Zircons have a Mohs hardness scale hardness of 7.5 which makes them as hard as most silicate dust and for that reason may not be a good choice for a ring that would be worn every day.
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 December 30, 2011 or until we run out of that item.
You can make these earrings with colored wire, but because colored wires use dyes that can contain carcinogenic chemicals, it is not recommended to use colored wire for post type earrings like these. It isn't likely that colored wires worn as ear wires will cause cancer, but it is possible and for that reason, it is best not to use colored wires for earrings like these.
In this video we will provide free instructions on the following basic skills:
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Our Nostalgia Corner project for this newsletter is our favorite chandelier earrings. The Chain, Jewelry Wire, and Gemstones Earrings shown at right are our favorite earring design. Making these earrings requires using one of our round patterns jigs -- either the WigJig Centaur, Cyclops or Electra. If you like these earrings as much as we do, they make a great Christmas present for anyone who wears chandelier earrings.
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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.
A driver was stuck in a
traffic jam on I-495, the beltway outside Washington DC. Nothing was moving.
PLEASE NOTE: This is a just a joke. Congress has a very low rating because all the Republicans hate Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi and all the Democrats in Congress, while all the Democrats hate John Boehner and all the Republicans in Congress. Everyone has someone to hate. The result is that essentially no one likes everyone in Congress. We really do not suggest dousing anyone with gasoline.
If you have ever in your entire life been offended by any political philosophy -- please skip the below paragraphs. It is not our intention to offend anyone! It is our intention to present current events from the perspective of a small business owner.
Since our last newsletter, the situation in Europe has gotten progressively worse. Greece appears to be on the road to defaulting on their debt. The majority of Greek Citizens want the government to default on the debt because they feel the debt is held by rich banks outside of Greece. The majority of Greeks don't understand the long term consequences of default and the resulting inability of the country to borrow in the future. Greece has long been known for having a strongly socialist government. The retirement age in Greece is roughly 55. The people of Greece have become used to being dependent on the government. 40% of Greece's total economy is the government. Unfortunately, Greece's consistent budget deficits have put the Government in the position where no one wants to lend Greece any money.
While Greece is on the verge of default, the government of Italy is not far behind. Interest rates for newly issued debt by Italy have climbed to around 7%. Let's put 7% interest rates in context. If the US debt had to be repaid at 7% interest rates, then just servicing the current $15 trillion debt (paying the interest only without repaying any of the principle) would cost over $1 trillion per year. This is roughly 1/3 of the total budget for the US. Another way of stating this burden on the government, is that at an interest rate of 7%, the US could afford to pay the interest plus pay Social Security, Medicare and Defense spending at current levels and no more spending on any other government programs. No FBI, no border patrol, no food stamps, no subsidies to agriculture, nothing more. (Please note: In the past 40 years the US Treasury has often paid interest rates of 7% or more. This rate is not outlandishly high. What is outlandish is the level of the national debt and the fact that historically normal interest rates would have tremendously adverse impacts because the debt is excessive.)
While Italy and Greece are on the verge of default, Spain, Portugal, and Ireland are not far behind. The default of either Greece or Italy alone might be enough to drive Spain, Portugal or Ireland into default also. In fact, default of several countries in Europe might be enough to significantly impact the US Government.
Right now, the US Government has a level of debt compared to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) that is similar to Canada's level of debt about 10 years ago. Canada's citizens recognized at that time that they could not sustain that level of debt and they took steps to reduce their debt by reducing government spending and changing their tax code. Now, ten years later, Canada has a level of debt to GDP of about 25% and their currency is strong and their government can easily borrow money.
Many politicians today are publically stating that the US Government can solve this debt problem by increasing taxes on the rich. Simply put, those politicians are lying because it serves their political needs for re-election. I could say this in a less inflammatory manner, but the truth is that the politicians know that they can't solve the debt issue by increasing taxes and they say it anyway. The debt problem can only be solved by dramatically cutting spending. Here is why I know that the politicians are lying when they say increasing taxes is the answer.
Our business does not make enough money to put us in the top 1% of earners. In fact, if our profits were to triple, we would still not be in the top 1% of income earners. We are opposed to tax increases on the rich because history says it does not work, and not because if would impact us.
The US Government must cut spending by at least $1 trillion per year (about 1/3 of the current annual budget) or we will follow in the path of Greece, Spain and the other debtor nations in Europe. Washington talks about cutting $1 Trillion over ten years and the "Super Committee" was unable to agree on cuts at the level of $1.2 trillion over ten years. Unfortunately, we need to cut $10 Trillion over ten years. This is a very significant cut, but anything less will not resolve the problem. Delaying budget cuts to later, will only mean that the cuts will need to be a larger percentage of the budget at that time. If the interest rates to refinance the debt grow to 10%, it would take about 1/2 of the current annual Federal revenue to just pay the interest on the debt. We have a choice now. We can be Canada and solve the problem, or we can be Greece or Italy and choose default. Please choose Canada and vote for politicians who will solve the debt problem by reducing spending.
The following sunset pictures were takes on November 9, 2011. The times of each picture are shown below in CST. The total duration shown in these pictures was 12 minutes.
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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.
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