Beads, Jewelry Wire, Tools & Jewelry Making Supplies by WigJig Newsletter 02/14/2012



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Videos:  We have started a WigJig Jewelry Channel on You Tube.  In this area, we have posted several videos and will continue to post new videos.  Many of the videos posted were formerly videos that we sold as part of our WEB-VIDEO product and these videos are now available to everyone for free.  You can visit the WigJig Jewelry Channel on You Tube by selecting here, or visiting the following URL:

Please bookmark this site and tell your friends.  We believe that these videos will be very helpful to beginners to using a jewelry making jig. 

Newsletters:  Several of our readers have noticed that we've been remiss and did not send newsletters for December or January.  Sometimes our workload gets large enough that it prevents us from sending newsletters.  Sometimes our muse is not inspired to create a new design that we like well enough to publish.  Sometimes both occur.  We anticipate continuing to provide newsletters on a monthly basis, but our future workload may impact this.  Right now we are working on a total, major rework of our entire web site and store and we are also working on about 20 new jewelry making videos.  Both projects take a lot of our time.  The updated web site and store will be worth the effort and will bring our Internet presence into the 21st century.  The new videos will attempt to document all the jewelry making skills we use in videos to help newcomers to learn.  Please stick with us.  The results are due to be revealed this spring and should be worthwhile. 

On Sale:
We normally update the jewelry supplies that we have "On Sale" with every newsletter.  This time, we will update the sale items within the next two days.  If you visit us again on Thursday, you will be able to view our updated sale items.  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. 

WigJig Fine Step Jaw Pliers Jewelry Making Tools
WigJig Chain Nose Pliers
Sale Priced $10.36 Per Pliers.

Leatherette Gift Box for Earrings
Leatherette Gift Box for Earrings
Sale Priced $1.59 per box

2" Thin Head Pin Gold-Filled jewelry making Finding

Gold-Filled Head Pin (Thin) Jewelry Finding
Sale Priced $4.31 per package of 10

6mm Emerald Bicone Swarovski Bead
6mm Emerald Swarovski Bicone Bead
Sale Priced $2.39 per 12 beads


WigJig Crossover Pegs
WigJig Crossover Pegs
Olympus on one side & Delphi on opposite side.
Sale Priced $2.30 for four pegs. 

Sterling Silver Ear Post with Loop Jewelry Making Finding

1Sterling Silver Ball with Post & Loop Ear Wire
$3.11 for 1 pair (four total) findings


5 Dangles Jewelry Wire Earrings Jewelry Making Project with Sapphire BeadsFree Jewelry Design: 
Our new jewelry making project for this newsletter is a new earring design that we call 5 Dangles Jewelry Wire Earrings.  This project is made of five wire components made on any of our WigJig tools.  It is an intermediate jewelry making project and our instructions aren't provided in sufficient detail that a beginner would need. These chandelier earrings are slightly over 3 inches long when completed.  

These earrings use 32 inches of 20 gauge wire, one pair of ear wire findings, 10 figure 8 connectors or jump rings, 10 six mm beads, and 10 head pin findings. 

Please select either picture at right, or select here to view our new instructions for making the 5 Dangles Jewelry Wire 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:
Ear Wire Finding Jewelry Making TechniqueThis newsletter's jewelry making technique is free instructions for making a shepherd's hook, or French hook style ear wire using a Super Peg and one of our WigJig tools.  We tend to make most of the ear wires used in our jewelry making projects.  Part of the reason that we make our own ear wires is that we don't always plan sufficiently in advance to have ear wires available.  Part of the reason is we like to make our own ear wires.  We do believe that we save a small amount of money by making our own ear wires. 

Please select here, or select the picture above-right to view our free You Tube video for making an ear wire finding. 

Nostalgia Corner:

Jewelry Wire Ring Jewelry Making ProjectOur Nostalgia Corner project for this newsletter is our favorite ring design.  The Simple Ring is a design that we think looks great and is as the name implies relatively easy to make. 

Please select here or select the picture at right to view our instructions on how to make the Simple Ring.

Warning! Joke Follows.  
This is only a joke.  We tell jokes because we are in favor of smiling, laughing and being happy.  This does not mean that we are opposed to anyone or anything. 

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. 

Boomer Humor: 

One dark night outside a small town in Minnesota , a fire started inside the local chemical plant and in a blink of an eye it exploded into massive flames. The alarm went out to all the fire departments for miles around.

When the volunteer fire fighters appeared on the scene, the chemical company president rushed to the fire chief and said, "All our secret formulas are in the vault in the center of the plant. They must be saved. I will give $50,000 to the fire department that brings them out intact."

But the roaring flames held the firefighters off.

Soon more fire departments had to be called in as the situation became desperate. As the firemen arrived, the president shouted out that the offer was now $100,000 to the fire department who could bring out the company's secret files.

From the distance, a lone siren was heard as another fire truck came into sight. It was the nearby Norwegian rural township volunteer fire company composed mainly of Norwegians over the age of 65. To everyone's amazement, that little run-down fire engine roared right past all the newer sleek engines that were parked outside the plant.

Without even slowing down it drove straight into the middle of the inferno.. Outside, the other firemen watched as the Norwegian old timers jumped off right in the middle of the fire fought it back on all sides. It was a performance and effort never seen before.

Within a short time, the Norske old timers had extinguished the fire and had saved the secret formulas. The grateful chemical company president announced that for such a superhuman feat he was upping the reward to $200,000, and walked over to personally thank each of the brave fire fighters.

The local TV news reporter rushed in to capture the event on film, asking their chief, "What are you going to do with all that money?"

"Vell," said Ole Larsen, the 70-year-old fire chief, "Da first thing ve gonna do is fix da brakes on dat truck!"

PLEASE NOTE:  This is a just a joke. 

Boomer Philosophy: 

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.   

Mark Twain, in his book, "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court" has the central character, The Boss, visit a neighboring kingdom in disguise.  In the neighboring kingdom, The Boss makes a point of visiting with local trades-people and discussing salary and purchasing power.  The Boss asks the locals whether it is more important how much a person earns or how much a person can buy.  The locals are like many Americans.  They believe fervently that it is most important how much a person earns.  They are happy because in their kingdom, they earn twice what the people in King Arthur's Kingdom earn.  The Boss tries to explain that the people in King Arthur's Kingdom may earn 1/2 of what the people in this kingdom earn, but they can purchase twice as much with that income. 

The people in the neighboring kingdom to King Arthur were unable to grasp that the amount you earn is not as important as what you can buy with the money you earn.  The concept of inflation was lost on them. Mark Twain understood this in the late 19th Century and it was enough of a problem then that he wrote about it in his novel. 

Many times in history, we have had similar countries where earnings skyrocketed, but purchasing power dropped.  One of the main causes of World War II was hyper-inflation in the Weimar Republic of Germany.  The loss of purchasing power ultimately led to public dissatisfaction with the government which led to Hitler's rise to power.  Ultimately World War II was one of Hitler's techniques for resolving the problems faced by Germany in the 1930's.  Through conquest, he raised the purchasing power of German citizens.   

How important is the US Minimum Wage?  Is it really important to raise the minimum salary paid?  Would you have been happy as a holder of 1 million Weimar Republic Marks when that amount of currency could barely pay for one months rent in a modest apartment? 

Is our current government worrying about the problem of how much people are paid and not worrying about what people can purchase with their pay.  Is the government working to raise salaries but lowering purchasing power?  How many hours work does it take to purchase two gallons of gas.  If you make the minimum wage and gas increases to $5 per gallon this summer, as has been forecast, it might take you an hours work to purchase two gallons of gas.  Wouldn't we be better if you could purchase 5 or 10 gallons of gas with an hours work?  In the 1960's that was the case. 

Inflation is our enemy.  It is the enemy of rich and poor alike.  Unfortunately, the rich can find ways to cope with inflation better than the poor can.  Deficit spending by the government is one of the primary causes of inflation.   We may avoid inflation for a matter of a few years while the government artificially manipulates our currency, but inflation is likely to return.  The big thing saving us from inflation right now is that Europe is in worst shape than the US. 

Please remember -- your quality of life depends not upon what you earn, but upon what you can purchase with what you earn.

Texas Sunsets:

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. 

January 16th

Sunset in Texas January 16, 2012

January 18th

Sunset in Texas January 18, 2012


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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. 

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