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ASK BETSY – November 2020

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Q: Do you have any tips for filing? I sometimes feel like I just don’t get the results I think I should be getting.

 

 

 


A: Filing is an important basic jewelry-making technique that, done the wrong way, wastes time and materials and can create more work than needed. It seems like filing should be easy, and it is if you follow a few basic guidelines. The files I will talk about here are hand files and needle files unless otherwise indicated.

November 1st, 2020
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Q: Not so much a question, but, prompted by a conversation I had with a metalworking friend who is much more frugal and inventive than I, this month I want to share some ideas on using household items in your workshop. Here are a few items:

-Clothes pins. These are very versatile implements. You can use them to hold things together for drilling, riveting and are great when you’re working out a complicated design (not for soldering! They’re wood!). You can also pull them apart and use the halves for a number of jobs.

October 2nd, 2020

Members Spotlight

Kay Yee

I am a formally trained metalsmith. I began my education decades ago in a community college in San Francisco. I was inspired by Roger Baird, my first metals teacher, to attend art school and I attended California College of Arts for my BFA and later California State University  Long Beach for my MFA. I have always loved the technical aspects of metal working and I find it challenging to create successful pieces. It’s a happy surprise when I make something I like.

 

I work from my studio/home in Pasadena, and I am a professor emeritus at Pasadena City College where I taught (jewelry, crafts & 3D-design) for 33years. When I retired 5 years ago from academia, my husband built a studio that could accommodate 8 students comfortably. I have taught numerous workshops and classes here, as well as hosted visiting artists.

 

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