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!

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

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