Jewelry Making Blog

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!

 
Beads, Beads, Everywhere - Storage Is a Must!
Saturday, April 11 2015 00:00

Beads, Beads, Everywhere Storage Is a Must Blog


Beads, Beads, Everywhere - Storage Is a Must!

BEADs are tiny, often round, and prone to disappearing into carpets and crevices of all kinds. Don’t let them disappear just when you need them; here are some storage ideas to keep your beads and findings neatly organized and handy.

There are plastic boxes with dividers available which allow you to sort your beads (and findings) by color, size, type of material, or intended project. Dividers which can be repositioned will allow you to configure the spaces to best suit your needs.

Boxes with rounded bottoms make it easier to remove the beads. Some boxes have a mix of rounded and flat compartment bottoms - it’s easier to remove larger beads from the flat sections. If you intend to travel or take classes, look for boxes which fit into a travel tote. These are usually available where fishing supplies are sold.

Once you have your beads out of their boxes, use a bead board to keep them under control. If any of them do manage to escape, rubber band an old stocking to the end of your vacuum hose. They’ll be picked up by, but not go into, the vacuum. Hold them over a bowl before turning off the vacuum and the escapees will be recaptured!

Wall-mounted flip down storage bins from the hardware store work great for organizing larger findings. Get the kind with clear bins and you’ll be able to see your findings at a glance. An expanding file is handy for keeping your wire neatly organized by type and size. Label the tabs and you’ll never again have to guess what kind of wire that is!

Hopefully, these ideas will help you get your supplies organized so you can spend more time creating jewelry rather than hunting for your beads and other supplies. If there are other jewelry problems you need help with, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re always glad to help. Also, be sure to check out our Hot Deals page for great beading bargains!

 
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