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7 Beading Supplies Every Beadwork Artist Should Have
Thursday, June 25 2015 00:00

Jewelry Making Supplies by WigJig  
Beading Supplies Every Beadwork Artist Should Have

Whether you're a beginning beadwork artist or you've been at it for years, there is always something new to learn. New tools and techniques come along regularly and it's important to make sure you're on top of things in your industry. 

Here is a list of 7 of the must-have beading supplies every bead and jewelry artist should have on their work bench.

Wire - There are many sizes, weights and even colors of wire available. If you're not sure which wire you need for your project, read this blog post on choosing the right wire for your needs.

Beads - Of course you need beads! Often you will need some additional beads to compliment the materials you already have. With so many colors, shapes, finishes and materials to choose from, you're sure to find just what you need.

Hand Tools - No bead or jewelry artist is getting very far if they don't have a good set of hand tools. You can get yourself a set of tools that have everything you need, or just buy a few pieces at a time. You should definitely have some round nose and chain nose pliers along with some flush cutters to get you started.

Bead Board - These will help you plan and design your piece before you begin assembly. There's nothing like getting into the middle of a project and realizing your finished piece is not going to end up as long as you wanted it to!

Findings - You will need something to hold your pieces together. There are tons of findings to choose from for different projects. From ear wires and posts to end caps and cones, you should have an ample supply on hand.

Wig Jig - These tools are simply amazing. You can make all sorts of shapes, wire wrapped accents and other goodies to put into your projects. You can even make your own findings!

Kits - If you're unsure where to start with a new technique or product, get yourself a kit. It will have everything you need to learn something new.

So there you have it, 7 beading supplies you should use to make your projects amazing.

 

If you have questions or comments about this article, please contact us.

 
Watch Bracelets - Make Your Own
Wednesday, June 24 2015 00:00

Watch Bracelets by WigJig  
Watch Bracelets - Make Your Own

If you're looking to expand your inventory, but don't know what else to add, consider making watch bracelets. Watches are a great thing to make because you can customize them in quite a few different ways. People love fashionable watches that match their different outfits. 

Don't know how to make a watch bracelet? Need different ideas on what kind of bands to make? WigJig has instructions detailing how to make a variety of watches.

When designing watches, pull from different occasions or holidays to get ideas for designs. Pick from things that inspire you and things that you think that others would like as well. Here are a few ideas:

Black or white pearl beads make an elegant watch, perfect for a night out with a special someone. This one is also great for those who want something to match their other pearl jewelry, or want a watch with a vintage vibe.

Use red, emerald, and clear beads to create a festive Christmas watch. Christmas is a great holiday to create jewelry for because it's celebrated all month with plenty of parties and events to dress up for. A Christmas style watch would be a fine fashion choice for most of the month of December.

Create a watch that is fun and whimsical using cute and exciting beads, like Dichroic Swirl Green, Feather Gold-Blue Dark, and Zebra Pink Green Pink. Explore the many beads available at WigJig to find beads that speak to you and make you want to design something.

 

With a little imagination and some beads, the possibilities are endless. If you have any questions about handcrafted jewelry, please, contact us.

 

 

 
Be Inspired by Jewelry Beading Patterns
Tuesday, June 23 2015 00:00

Harlequin Bracelet by WigJig  
Be Inspired by Jewelry Beading Patterns

You love creating beautiful, beaded jewelry. You have developed several unique, creative designs. Friends and family look forward to the gifts from you on birthdays and holidays, because they expect your fabulous jewelry. Several area shops display and sell your work.

This sounds perfect, but what if you've reached a point where your business doesn't seem to be growing? Shops display your work, but aren't increasing the numbers they ask to display. Maybe what you need are some new designs, more variety.

Do you need a little inspiration? Check out WigJigs's beading patterns for all types of wire and beaded jewelry.  Earrings, bracelets, tie chains, necklaces, and sets are just some of the categories. Each category has pages of examples. Some focus on the beautiful, fluid shapes that can be created by the wires. Others focus on ways to group beads and stones.      

For example, check out the bracelets and watches. Three pages of gorgeous ideas! Braided wire, spirals, and even four-leaf clovers of wire separated by little green beads... Are you inspired yet? Mesh links and beaded lace. So many ideas! How you use the ideas is up to you, the jewelry creator. Each design comes with directions, if you want to duplicate or adapt that design. Or, you can simply look and be inspired. If a technique is unfamiliar to you and you want to learn more, WigJig offers video lessons, also.

So, contact us with any questions or guidance we can offer. Stop back often for new inspirations and for your jewelry-creating needs.

 
Jewelry Making Ideas off the Spring 2015 Runway - Asymmetry
Monday, June 22 2015 00:00

Rondelles with a Twist by WigJig  
Jewelry Making Ideas off the Spring 2015 Runway - Asymmetry

The world of fashionable jewelry outdid itself this year at the runway shows in Paris, Milan, London, and New York. There were many fantastic pieces presented by countless designers, but all of the jewelers seemed to agree on one thing: Asymmetry is awesome! Whether it was mismatched earrings or off-center necklaces, everyone was taking advantage of the off-kilter.

Earrings of a Different Color:

One of the most refined uses of the asymmetrical theme for earrings was presented by Oscar De La Renta. They used identical settings, but in one earring they placed green and blue stones and in the other they used red and pink hues. This wonderful effect is easy and fun to create with the large variety ofgemstones WigJigs has to offer.

TIP: You can personalize each earring with the gemstones of loved one’s birthdays.

Hanging at the Bar

Simplified bar-style necklaces were often outfitted with a pendant hung to one side to accentuate the asymmetry of the metalwork. Wonderful variations including simplified bars of metal hung with elaborate WigJig pendants are sure to be all the rage among those seeking hand-made jewelry. However, some may prefer the look of an elaborate wire-work bar hung with a unique combination of glass lampwork beads.

TIP: Use the 5” square Olympus Jig to make large elaborate wire bars to hang pendants from.

The Long and Short of It

Multi-strand necklaces with uneven lengths were another popular interpretation of this spring’s theme. Pairing two or more radically different beads or stones in large patches on a long necklace creates a versatile piece of jewelry that takes advantage of this trend in multiple ways. Wearing it looped gives the necklace the illusion of being multiple separate pieces. Wearing the necklace as a single strand with the division between the colors off-center creates another dramatic asymmetrical look.

TIP: Use a dramatic clasp and wear necklace with finding in front for extra glamour.

While these are all great ways to take advantage of the asymmetric trend of the season, they are only a small sampling of the many styles of off-center jewelry. What are your favorite asymmetric styles?

 
Beads For A One-Of-A-Kind Wedding: Understanding the Bridal Color Palette
Sunday, June 21 2015 00:00

Bridal Bracelet and Earrings Set by WigJig  
Beads For A One-Of-A-Kind Wedding: Understanding the Bridal Color Palette

Finding the right theme for a wedding is one hurdle for the bride. The second hurdle is finding the appropriate jewelry to go with the wedding's theme and the bride's ensemble. Assigning color palettes forbeads is an excellent way to keep the jewelry breathtaking and on par with the bride. 

The Folkloric Color Palette

Folkloric weddings are still common amongst those who want to keep their heritage an integral part of their new family. Irish folklore weddings are gorgeous and striking homages to the spirit of dignity and rich tradition.

Earthy toned color patterns combined with shiny beads reminds guests of fairy tales, the Aran Islands, and the shimmering courage of the Irish people.

Beads that represent nature are a key part of retelling Irish lore. Dark Amethyst bugle beads recreate a showstopping braided necklace accompanied with agate blood green beads scattered throughout. 

Teardrop emerald beads as the centerpieces for classic hook earrings intensify devotion and an attachment to nature. Emeralds engage the mind to focus on renewal.

To magnify an eclectic twist adorn the wrists with orange Swarovski beads. Orange in folklore has a number of meanings! Autumn, Halloween and passionate botanical symbolism. 

Pinkish light rose beads blooming out of your jewelry ties it all back to femininity and romance.

Of course, these color palettes are interchangeable. 

Romantic and Gothic Color Palette

Romantic and gothic color palettes are usually deeply hued to invoke drama and compelling emotions during the union. The color palettes for both are essentially similar. Working around the palette in order to tweak away at hues that need lighter and darker tones should be considered.

Red beads are commonly associated with rubies. The dazzling ruby gemstone has a multifaceted history throughout ceremonies of every faith. Ruby red bicone faceted beads  marvelously become the centerpiece of romantic and gothic bridal jewelry.  

Tiered necklaces that use garnet fire polished beads contrasted with dark amethyst bugles shapes a gorgeous piece that passes down from generation to generation.

Day and night color palettes use black and white beads. Jet black faceted beads with snake tube spacersand ruby beads produce an eclectic design.

Classically Pearlized Color Palette

A traditional color and texture palette consisting of pearlized beads is a bridal jewelry favorite for any season!

A classic graduated pearl necklace using steel-blue pearls and cream freshwater pearls is a vintage look with a modern twist of your choice. Add sparkling green pearls or light pink pearls for studs and even rings! By using the pearlized color palette, the creations are endless. 

Contact us for supplies, help, and any other jewelry-related inquiries.

 
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