Jeweler's Saw and Blades

CHART: How to Choose Your Jeweler’s Saw Blade Size

What size jeweler’s saw blade should I choose for my project?

This is a question I get quite often in classes or in emails from students who’ve found themselves at a pause in their work. The size of your jeweler’s saw blade depends on the thickness of the metal, and there are usually about four or fives sizes that would be appropriate for the task. The one you choose depends partly on what you have on hand and/or what size line you want to cut. Read more

How to Make Sanding Sticks for Jewelry & Metalworking

To put it simply, sanding sticks are great. Particularly when you need good, firm pressure behind the sandpaper to accomplish your task. I like to use sanding sticks when I need to sand down edges and corners of sheet, to sand bezels and in tight spaces. They also save my tender, over-worked fingers from the ravages of the sanding job!

Songbird Copper Silver Pendant

Class Schedule through July

I will be conducting classes and workshops at Mana Beads in Nevada City, CA for the next several weeks. Check out the schedule after the jump

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Tree of Life Overlay Pendant

Class Schedule May-June 2016

I will be conducting classes and workshops at Mana Beads in Nevada City, CA for the next several weeks. Check out the schedule after the jump

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Pamela Klein

Six Steps to Tackling Unfinished Projects

Embracing My Inner Tortoise

Unfinished Tree of Life

Unfinished pendant that needs a lot of work!

I just finished a pendant that I started six months ago. It’s not that I worked on it for six months, I probably worked on it for three hours. But, for several reasons, I just stopped in the midst of working on it. It got me thinking about why we leave things undone, what makes us pick them up again, and all the emotions we experience just because of that unfinished project. Read more

Stack Rings

Class Schedule through May 21st

I will be conducting classes and workshops at Mana Beads in Nevada City, CA for the next several weeks. Check out the schedule after the jump

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Bead Embroidered Cabochon with Peyote Stitch Bail

VIDEO: Attach a Peyote-Stitched Bail to Bead Embroidery Edging

How to attach a flat, even-count peyote stitch bail to the brick-stitch edging on a bead embroidered piece.

Last weekend we had a really wonderful “Bead Embroidered Cabochon” class. Students learned how to set a stone (or button or anything else that’s nice and flat) using bead embroidery including back stitch, peyote stitch and brick stitch. We also learned Read more

Obligation or Opportunity?

A routine chore becomes the seed of artistic inspiration.

I am new to spending a lot of time in my studio. I am more accustomed to the daily 9 to 5 routine with some studio time peppered in where I can fit it. I am trying, with this “new endeavor” (see my previous post), to spend the bulk of my working hours in the studio, building up inventory for upcoming shows and for a good selection to offer the public. With this change in creative time spent and the demand of work to be produced, I’m discovering a new respect for an artist’s relationship to her muse. I’m talking about artistic inspiration. Read more

Chrysoprase Ring

Class Schedule through April 20th

I will be conducting classes and workshops at Mana Beads in Nevada City, CA for the next several weeks. Check out the schedule after the jump

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The Studio Saga: Part One

A jewelry studio emerges from a mess

For artists and craftspeople, the studio space is, well, personal. I’m sure that sounds like an obvious thing to say. But after spending eighteen years in the retail craft world, I know first hand that everybody conceptualizes their art – and therefore their studio – differently. Some people are messy – but boy, they know where every snip of wire is. Some people are super-tidy and organized, and they need that open, clean space for their brains to allow their creativity to flow. Because I am in the process of creating a studio space for myself, craft spaces have been on my mind. A LOT. Read more