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Romantic Handcrafted Jewelry
Wednesday, February 25 2015 00:00

Romantic Handcrafted Jewelry by WigJig

 

Romantic Handcrafted Jewelry

Create a beautiful, unique piece of handcrafted jewelry to wear with that gorgeous new dress on your next romantic evening out. How about a lovely, romantic charm bracelet featuring heart-shaped photo frame charms and Swarovski crystals in the pink and red palette of love? We have a wide selection of crystals and other beautiful beads to choose from when creating your special piece.

Just think, some day your piece of handcrafted jewelry may become a treasured family heirloom with each generation adding their own love story as part of its history. What a lovely thought and a wonderful gift to future generations.

We have many articles and videos available to inspire, educate and help you on your creative journey. See our Jewelry Making Ideas, Designs & Beading Patterns for inspiration. You may find the perfect piece there. Perhaps you’ll find a piece that’s almost perfect; feel free to tweak the pattern to make it uniquely yours.

Maybe you’ll want to change the colors to those ultra-romantic pinks and reds. Or maybe lavender is the color you find most romantic. Whatever changes you want to make are fine with us; after all, this is your treasured keepsake and should be exactly the way you want it. That’s the real joy of handcrafted jewelry - it’s perfectly designed for you by you!

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact us. We love to hear from our customers! Also, be sure to check out our blog - it's packed full of interesting and exciting articles you're sure to love.

 
It's Not Too Late to Make Some Money Selling Handmade Valentine's Day Earrings
Saturday, February 14 2015 00:00

Hand Made Wire Heart Jewelry and Suncatchers

 

It's Not Too Late to Make Some Money Selling Handmade Valentine's Day Earrings

Valentine's Day and other holidays like Christmas and Easter, along with other significant times in life, like the start of a new school year,; the approach of prom season or a change in weather from cold and drab to warm and pleasant; should mean it's money time for any jewelry designer'.

However, about 2 weeks before most holidays hit, many designers find themselves grumbling about somehow making sure to be ready for the next holiday, because they didn't have much of a plan in place or any of the right *beading supplies on hand.

They rationalize and say, maybe by the next holiday they'll have that website up in time, or have done their research on several new trade shows to find new venues for selling.

Unfortunately, even if you could get your web store up by Valentine's Day, getting buyer traffic to your shop might be impossible unless you have great resources and contacts when it comes to word of mouth. However, if you're serious, it's not too late to make some money this Valentine's Day.

Use Social Media

If you use Facebook or Twitter actively, this is a community that you belong to, albeit a virtual one. If you've been making jewelry over many years, you've likely found it easier to sell items when you were in a school, church or other social group environment.

Co-workers might have been buyers, especially during holiday's etc. However, you might have always been confused about how to take it to the next level, so that you could make more money. This is a misleading approach. Taking it to the next level merely means expanding your community. Unless you have unlimited advertising dollars to spend, this is hands down the easiest way to increase your customer base.

When you post hand-made stunning, red and silver wire-wrapped earrings online, your Facebook, Pinterest , Instagram and other social media friends can't help but notice that you're always posting your lovely work. They'll always know who to think of when they need a fast gift. A lot of Valentine's Day shoppers are last-minute ones. Don't be afraid of over-promoting right now. As long as you don't do it all the time, everyone will understand, and some might buy if you're willing to deliver or get it to them very fast.

Take the time to create real friendships through social media and take these relationships out into the world and away from the glowing screen. Go to MeetUps, concerts, book readings, speed dating events etc. Create a bigger community that's authentic and you'll make more money.

Be Willing to Travel

If you're willing to travel, you might find more trade shows and markets where you could do some quick selling before this Valentine's Day hits. Google search the states nearest you and see what you can find that's 2-5 hours away. Call and ask how busy these shows get and be willing to text pics of your items to see if the managers think you could realistically make money with that particular crowd.

Most people won't want you to drive 2 hours out of your way to make no money if they can help you. Aim for selling at 5-10 places to try to grab some of that Valentine's Day Rush cash.

Realize that Valentine's Day is Almost Here

You might also want to use Valentine's Day as a day to motivate yourself to get that site up, write that business plan, or do those things you've always intended to do for your business. Instead of saying, "I'll do it by next year," just do it right now and it will be done.

Contact us at WigJig.Com for all the supplies you need to make jewelry that will stand out with intricacy and complexity in any handmade crowd. 

 
Say Happy Valentine's Day With Jewelry Made With Red Gemstone Beads
Friday, February 13 2015 00:00

Hand Made Wire Heart Jewelry and Suncatchers

 

 

Say Happy Valentine's Day With Jewelry Made With Red Gemstone Beads

Valentine's Day is around the corner, and you are still trying to find the perfect gift for the one you love. Flowers and candy are here today, and gone tomorrow. However, at WigJig you'll find hand-crafted jewelry made with sparkling red gemstone beads for a unique and more personal way to show how much you care.

There are several red gemstone beads to choose from to create your special gift. Red gemstones are quite rare, making them as unique as your relationship with the love of your life. They occur in ruby, spinel, and garnet. Consider adding some of these rare gems when designing your Valentine's Day present.

Ruby

Did you know the name ruby comes from the Latin word rubeus that literally means “red”?  Known as the stone of love, it is the highest-valued red gem. Rubies are said to protect the person wearing it from injury; cure blood disorders such as circulatory problems; and provide energy, focus, positive attitude, and emotional strength. Kings, priests, and other leaders have traditionally worn rubies because they believed it possessed the ability to help make wise decisions.

Spinel

Spinel is often confused with the ruby. In fact, stones used in crown jewels throughout the ages were actually spinel and not rubies. Because it is so rare and hard to find, the spinel found in stores is usually synthetic. People who are experiencing stress wear spinel because they believe it is a soothing stone with a calming energy. It is also thought to encourage renewal and healing, as well as enhance vitality.

Garnet

Associated with healing, strength, and protection, the garnet is sometimes worn to relieve skin inflammations or to regulate the heart and blood flow. It is even known as an aid to cure depression. In earlier times, friends exchanged garnets as gifts as a symbol of their affection for each other and ensure they will be together again.

Contact us, and our team will help you choose the best piece of jewelry that says your Valentine is like a rare gem.

 
Nothing Says Love Like Handmade Jewelry
Friday, February 06 2015 00:00

Art of Beading and Jewelry-Making Blog

 

Nothing Says Love Like Handmade Jewelry

In this day and age, it is often a challenge to get someone a gift that is truly unique. So many items are mass-produced that nothing seems to be one-of-a-kind anymore. That's not true with handmade jewelry. Making a stunning piece of jewelry that looks professional done is a wonderful gift that your recipient can treasure for years to come.

If you are considering making jewelry for an event or holiday, you want to make sure you have the proper supplies. A company like WigJig is the perfect place to purchase all your jewelry making supplies so that the pieces you create will amaze your friends and family.

What To Make?

Are you struggling with trying to decide what kind of jewelry to make? It can be a challenge with all the wonderful choices available. Sometimes it's best to start with some simple, beaded necklaces first and then move into more complex designs. Or maybe, start by making some earrings and see how that goes. The possibilities are truly endless!

Once you've mastered the basics, you can move into more complex designs such as spirals. Spiral pieces are statement pieces that will get people talking right away. They look impossible to make but are in fact, quite easy once you have the right tools. Not to mention, you have a few different options when it comes to spiral designs.

  • Spiral Designs - Double spirals, 3D Spirals or Diamond Spirals, the possibilities are endless.
  • Loose Spirals - Open spirals that look fun and playful.
  • Tight Spirals - Tighter spirals that give a piece a feeling of connection and elegance.

Also, you want to make sure to use beads, gems and wires that are of complimenting colors that will really pop when worn. No matter what jewelry you choose to make, rest assured that whomever you give it to will be more than amazed at your talent and creativity. 

If you have any questions or want to check out the full WigJig line of jewelry making tools, please click here.

 
The Art of Beading and Jewelry Making
Wednesday, February 04 2015 00:00

Art of Beading and Jewelry-Making Blog

 

The Art of Beading and Jewelry Making

Beadwork has been used for personal adornment for at least 5,000 years. In many cultures, from talismans, and good luck charms, to modern prayer bead bracelets, beads have taken on religious symbolic meaning. Art and spiritualism often meld in beadwork. The special history of this craft adds to its beauty.

Making jewelry with beads add bits of bright color or glittering transparency to jewelry design. Each bead is a lovely object on its own. Many beads are crystalline and transparent or opalescent and translucent. Many have fine metallic inlays and patterns on the surface or deep inside.

When you string carefully selected beads on fine woven wire, add scrimp beads with a fine clasp, you can make something of lasting value. Attach a small decorative watch and you have a timeless gift.

Beading patterns can be incorporated into bent wire jewelry to add glistening and colorful effects. Using flexible jigs to shape the wire into abstract or representational patterns then adding colorful beads, you can create elegant pins, brooches or hanging pendants. Jewelry making using beadwork is an unlimited art form. You can create brilliant three-dimensional beadwork sculptures that can stand on their own or which you can incorporate into exquisite pins or hand jewelry.

Traditional beadwork appears as loom and off-loom weaving, stringing beads, bead embroidery, bead crochet or macramé, and bead knitting. Beadwork has been used in making purses, coasters, wall hangings and other objects as well as jewelry. The range of skill and the variety of craft is limitless. 

Traditional artisans make broad beadwork patterns that incorporate traditional designs, representations of animal symbols or pictograms. The beadwork of honored artisans is often incorporated in rites of office or rites of passage in traditional cultures. Three-dimensional beadwork is more typical of oriental artisans. These three-dimensional beaded objects are often made using a form of right angle bead weaving.

WigJig can provide you with the jewelry tools and materials you need to master the arts of beadwork and jewelry making. Please contact us.

 
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