Metalsmith Essentials Artisan Bails: Handmade Findings to Enhance Handmade Pendants

Join Lexi Erickson in this jewelry-making DVD that explores how to make a pendant necklace with perfectly balanced bails. Go in depth and step-by-step through every process from design to finishing!

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Bail yourself out of any design crunch!

Learn how to create the right bail for every pendant

Join metalsmith and popular instructor Lexi Erickson for this jewelry-making DVD that demonstrates how to thoughtfully craft bails for your pendants. Learn the fundamental considerations for creating functional and beautiful pendant bails for every type of necklace design including chain, cord, bead, and fiber.

Explore Lexi’s studio secrets for success as you discover how to create dynamic bails from flat metal sheets using very simple tools. You’ll learn soldering tips, how to construct a bail that is appropriate to both the design and function of your work, and secret tips from this studio pro. Skip the guesswork with detailed material lists, up-close shots, and step-by-step directions from crafting your pendant to finishing it!

Create beautiful individual pendants as you:

  • Get Lexi’s expert tips and tricks for preparing the metal and annealing properly.
  • Harmonize your pendant designs as you learn where to best position a pendant bail.
  • Discover how to hand-finish and patina a pendant to add style and character.
  • Create several different bail designs from a tiny wire bail to a larger southwestern style.
  • And much, much more!

Don’t miss out on this informative jewelry workshop that explores design and construction of custom artisan bails for jewelry. This in-depth jewelry making class lets you start and stop when it’s convenient for you. Grab your sketch book and get ready to pump-up your jewelry designs and begin crafting one-of-a-kind masterpieces!

About the Author

LEXI ERICKSON Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist magazine and has been designing and making jewelry for the past 25 years. Educated as an archaeologist, she took her first jewelry class so she could understand the Bronze Age and fell in love with the creative process of jewelry. Lexi has taught high school to university-level jewelry making, archaeology, and geology. She participates in fine craft festivals in the southwestern United States, and her work can be found in southwestern fine craft galleries. Feel free to contact her through her website,

SKU: 13BD10

Author/Speaker/Editor: Lexi Erickson

Format: DVD

ISBN 13: 9781620334997