Lexi's Expert Picks

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Lexi Erickson
Lexi Erickson
Contributing Editor to
Jewelry Making Daily and Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist magazine
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"Here in the Rocky Mountains, it’s time to start thinking about the upcoming gift-giving season, so I sat down last week and started thinking of tools I have which have changed my life as a jewelry artist. What surprised me was that “tools” are not always the actual physical hard, metal tools we all lust over. Tools can be books and DVDs, too, anything that ignites our imagination and creativity. I thought of the things that have impacted me and worked best for me, so here’s my list of my Top Jewelry Tools."

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1 Year Subscription to Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist Magazine   How to Photograph Your Jewelry   How to Photograph Your Jewelry: Beyond the Basics
1 Year Subscription to Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist magazine  

How to Photograph

your Jewelry

with Jim Lawson

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How to Photograph Your Jewelry: Beyond the Basics

with Jim Lawson

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"Absolutely the best gift you can get or give is a yearly subscription to Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist." Spacer 15x15 pixels "Jim Lawson’s DVD series on learning to photograph your own is a must have. Now, you can learn to do your own photography and he shares every trick."
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Basic Cabochon Cutting for Jewelry Makers   Mokume Gane with Chris Ploof   Patina: 300 Surface Effects for Jewelers and Metalsmiths

Basic Cabochon Cutting for

Jewelry Makers

with Michael Boyd

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Mokume Gane

with Chris Ploof

with Chris Ploof

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Patina: 300 Surface Effects for Jewelers & Metalsmiths

by Matt Runfola

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"Basic Cabochon Cutting by Michael Boyd is a must have for anyone wanting to cut their own stones."   "If making unusual patterns with beautiful metals is your dream, get Chris’s DVD on mokume."  

"OOH I want this really BAD! Even if just 299 of them work for me, I can’t wait to read it."

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Soldering
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Metalsmith Essentials: How to Solder Jewelry   Metalsmith Essentials: How to Solder Jewelry Volume 2   Everyone's Guide to How to Solder Jewelry

Metalsmith Essentials: How to Solder Jewelry

with Lexi Erickson

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Metalsmith Essentials: How to Solder Jewelry Volume 2

with Lexi Erickson

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Everyone's Guide to How to Solder Jewelry

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"Well, this list can’t be complete without some mention of my favorite technique, soldering. Great stocking stuffers would be any of my soldering DVDs. To have my entire written series tell Santa you want the new Everyone’s Guide to How to Solder Jewelry."
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Hand Finishing
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Metalsmith Essentials: Hand Finishing Jewelry   3M Finishing Film   Grobet Files

Metalsmith Essentials: Hand Finishing Jewelry

with Lexi Erickson

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   3M Finishing Film    Grobet Handfiles
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"I love hand finishing, as you know. I love the Zen of the Process, as I call it. It’s really soothing to file and sand your jewelry, so this would be a multiple gift— Grobet handfiles, and 3M Finishing Film for finishing up. You could get my Hand Finishing DVD, too."
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Forming
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Metalsmith Essentials: Basic Jewelry Hammering and Forming   Metalsmith Essentials: Hammering and Forming Jewelry Volume 2   Fretz Hammers

Metalsmith Essentials: Basic Jewelry Hammering and Forming

with Bill Fretz

 

Metalsmith Essentials: Hammering

and Forming Jewelry Volume 2

with Bill Fretz

  Fretz Hammers
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"Bracelets are HOT! So in order to rationalize my enormous collection of fabulous Bill Fretz hammers, I ordered all of his DVDs. Is it fair to say I’m obsessed with Frez hammers? Get your own, and let me know your favorite."
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Jewelry Bails
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Metalsmith Essentials: Artisan Bails   Wubbers Pliers

Metalsmith Essentials: Artisan Bails

with Lexi Erickson

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  Wubbers Pliers
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"Because I love making jewelry, I would place a new hand tool high on my list. Since you already own my DVD on Artisan Bails, (don’t you?) you need tools to help you bend metal sheet and heavy wire for the bails. I highly recommend Wubbers Bail Making Pliers for moving metal."