I began learning from Lexi via her popular how-to videos. I started with the set about soldering jewelry and instantly loved her. Not only was it full of great tips, but watching Lexi was like meeting a friend. Her personality comes through along with her infinite patience and insight. And in person, Lexi was an absolute delight.
These are the pieces I made last week under Lexi's most enjoyable supervision:
Lexi's workshop was packed with great jewelry-making tips. Here are some of my favs:
1. Roll your wire solder at the tightest setting of your rolling mill before using it. It will stay in place better, flow faster, and you'll be less likely to cut too much for the join.
2. Cut a long thin strip of sandpaper, attach it in your jeweler's saw in place of the blade, and use it to sand tiny inaccessible areas like the inside of your pierced shapes.
3. Cut the handle off a plastic tooth brush and use it as a bezel pusher. It's solid enough to push the bezel over, but can't scratch your stones.
4. Buy your supplies at Allcaft Tools (and by the way, Charles Lewton-Brain had the same advice.) You have to know what you want, but it's the go-to place for quality products at competitive prices. Call 800-645-7124.