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Ear Cuffs and Ear Wraps: The Next Generation of Earrings
Monday, April 20 2015 00:00

Ear Cuffs Jewelry Making Designs by WigJig  Ear Cuffs and Wraps: The Next Generation of Earrings

Many people want the look of pieced ears without the pain of having them pierced.  For those of us who cannot face the piercing gun, ear cuffs are the solution!  Easily made by bending wire, WigJig is the perfect product to create all sorts of creative and beautiful ear cuffs.

What is an ear cuff?

Ear cuffs are the non piercing alternative to earrings.  Made by bending wire to hang from behind the ear, wrapping around behind the ear, or wrapping around the cartilage, they do not require that the ear be pierced.

How do I make an ear cuff?

Follow this link to learn the basics for making a full ear cuff using the WigJig tool.  As you can see this type of ear cuff wraps around the back of the ear and supports an embellishment that hangs from the lobe area of the ear.    Any of the earring designs for regular earrings can then be attached to the bottom loop of the cuff.

There are also beaded cuff designs that hang from the bottom of the ear without wrapping all the way to the top of the ear.  These cuffs are an excellent alternative to the usual hoop earring and are easily embellished with beads.

What else can I do with an ear cuff?

Try incorporating different earring styles into your cuffs.  For instance, a jacket design.  Jackets are a form of reverse pierced earring where the design or the earring is behind the lobe and is just large enough to be seen as an interesting design from the front where the design stretches past the lobe.  Try incorporating this design into your cuff by bending the wire of the cuff into interesting shapes that can be seen from behind the ear, or that can hold extra embellishments. Ear cuffs don't just have to hang from the ear either.  There are also cartilage cuffs that wrap around the cartilage of your ear somewhat like a clamp.  Don't be afraid to try new designs!

Ready to get started?

Feel free to contact us to get the materials needed to add a little spice to your earring collection today!

 
Love Making Jewelry? Get the Best Jewelry Supplies Here!
Sunday, April 19 2015 00:00

Jewelry Creativity Blog  Love Making Jewelry? Get the Best Jewelry Supplies Here!

Do you enjoy making your very own, unique handmade jewelry? Many creative jewelry makers and designers out there are always looking for a new place to buy their jewelry supplies and tools from, and if you haven't heard of this website already, then WigJig is your go-to place for all your jewelry supplies and tools you would need to create a stunning work of art that you can wear. 

WigJig has everything the professional jewelry maker (or even the aspiring jewelry maker for that matter) could ever hope to want or need. WigJig has everything - beads, colored wire, chains, gems, findings, and so much more.
 
With products, jewelry wire, jewelry supplies and tools from WigJig, you are all set to make jewelry pieces that are as unique as you are. And with the help of their jigs, Spiral Makers and jig kits, you can take their colored wire, beads, and gems, and create something that is more than just a mere piece of jewelry... It will be an exquisite work of art - and hand-made to boot. Your options are only limited to your imagination - whatever you think up, you can create with the help of WigJig. WigJig even offers books and DVDs to help you to transform your jewelry making creativity into actual pieces of art.  What more could you ask for when you are creative.
 
And for all things WigJig and to keep up with all of the gorgeous jewelry that they post (made from WigJig products, of course), you can follow them on their official Twitter page and get every update straight from the company themselves!
 
If you have questions pertaining to the materials, products and tools over on WigJig.com, contact us! We'll be happy to hear from you and we are available to answer any of your questions!  
 
Using Polymer Clay in Your Jewelry-Making
Wednesday, April 15 2015 00:00

Using Polymer Clay in Your Jewelry-Making

Glass beads aren't just fascinating to modern jewelry makers and wearers. They have been popular throughout the ages, and have had many uses.

Glass beads have functioned as money, material for art work and status symbols, as well as jewelry. Groups as diverse as the ancient Egyptians, the Romans, the Vikings and Native Americans used them for trading.

Although there are many variations on bead creation, historically there were three basic ways of creating glass beads.

The first type resulted in wound beads. To create these, bead makers heated glass to soften it, then wound it around a clay-coated wire and shaped it further.

The second manner of bead making, invented in ancient India, resulted in drawn glass beads. Bead makers pulled a strand from a gather of glass to function as a hole in the tube. The glass was then cut into individual beads, and cooked or rolled in hot sand to shape the edges.

The third technique of bead making resulted in molded beads (which originated in the Czech Republic). Bead makers heated thick rods of glass and fed them into machines that stamped the glass and pierced it with a needle to make holes. Beads were then rolled in hot sand to soften lines.

It was recently discovered that the Egyptians and the Danes traded glass beads during the Bronze Age (3000 years ago). Danish women wore amber and blue beaded bracelets to ensure they would be reunited with the sun on its eternal journey. The blue beads were actually made in the same Egyptian workshops that created glass beads for the Pharaoh Tutankhamen!

Whether jewelry making with glass beads appeals to you because of their history, or simply their beauty, we offer the very best in both color and quality. Contact us for the supplies to help you make your own work of art.

 
The Rich History of Glass Beading for Jewelry Making
Monday, April 13 2015 00:00

Glass Beads History for Jewelry Making


The Rich History of Glass Beading for Jewelry Making

Glass beads aren't just fascinating to modern jewelry makers and wearers. They have been popular throughout the ages, and have had many uses.

Glass beads have functioned as money, material for art work and status symbols, as well as jewelry. Groups as diverse as the ancient Egyptians, the Romans, the Vikings and Native Americans used them for trading.

Although there are many variations on bead creation, historically there were three basic ways of creating glass beads.

The first type resulted in wound beads. To create these, bead makers heated glass to soften it, then wound it around a clay-coated wire and shaped it further.

The second manner of bead making, invented in ancient India, resulted in drawn glass beads. Bead makers pulled a strand from a gather of glass to function as a hole in the tube. The glass was then cut into individual beads, and cooked or rolled in hot sand to shape the edges.

The third technique of bead making resulted in molded beads (which originated in the Czech Republic). Bead makers heated thick rods of glass and fed them into machines that stamped the glass and pierced it with a needle to make holes. Beads were then rolled in hot sand to soften lines.

It was recently discovered that the Egyptians and the Danes traded glass beads during the Bronze Age (3000 years ago). Danish women wore amber and blue beaded bracelets to ensure they would be reunited with the sun on its eternal journey. The blue beads were actually made in the same Egyptian workshops that created glass beads for the Pharaoh Tutankhamen!

Whether jewelry making with glass beads appeals to you because of their history, or simply their beauty, we offer the very best in both color and quality. Contact us for the supplies to help you make your own work of art.

 
Wire Cutting and Jewelry Making Finishing Tips for the Beginner
Sunday, April 12 2015 00:00

Flush Cutters WigJig Jewelry Making Tool


Wire Cutting and Jewelry Making Finishing Tips for the Beginner

Many jewelry designs use wire of some kind so this article will discuss safe handling and finishing tips for those new to using wire.

There are two main types of cutters used in jewelry-making: flush (or side) cutters and end cutters. Flush cutters are the most commonly used since they allow you to get in close and they leave a fairly smooth finish. If you look closely at them, you’ll see that one side is flat and the other has a trough. Be sure that you measure the wire up to the flat side. If you try to measure against the other side, your wire will be too long by the depth of the trough.

End cutters (or nippers) can only “nip” the end off of wire so they aren’t as versatile; they also tend to leave rougher ends than side cutters. They’re most useful for thicker or harder wires which might damage side cutters.

When cutting wires, always keep safety in mind. Cut ends can go flying if you aren’t careful. One way to keep them contained is by cupping your free hand over the wire as you cut it. That way the cut piece has nowhere to go and will fall right where you’re working. Don’t cut a piece that’s just fractionally larger than what you need; either cut it exactly to size or at least twice as long as you need. That way the leftover piece will be long enough for some future use.

Here’s a quick tip for cutting even lengths of chain: hang the first cut piece from a headpin, attach the first link of the remaining chain to the same headpin and hold the headpin horizontally. Now you’ll be able to cut a second piece that’s identical to the first.

Once your wire is cut, you’ll want to smooth the ends so they don’t scratch the wearer. You can use either a file or a cup burr for this job. A cup burr has the added benefit of easily rounding the ends of the wire for a nice finish.

We hope these tips will help you get off to a good start on your jewelry-making journey.

If you would like more tips to help you on your way, check out our blog or contact us - we’re always happy to help new jewelry makers get off to a great start!

 
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