- More making please! Review by Tracy
I have to agree with the other two reviews of this DVD. I love Lexi Erickson's jewellery and teaching DVDs but felt very disappointed after watching this one.
Overall there was just too much talking and not enough time spent on showing us what the DVD was about - making bails. I also felt the section on the various choices for what you hang your pendant from went on for way too long and felt a little bit like a free advertising section for Lexi's friends products.
I would have liked to know a bit more about the rolled triangle bail but the demo just stopped after we were shown how to make it. Do you need to solder it closed before soldering to your pendant? No idea!
I also didn't feel the need to be shown how to oxidize silver in a DVD about making bails.
I don't feel that I learned anything from this DVD that I couldn't have worked out for myself. Disappointing.
(Posted on 1/17/14)
- Lots of talking, less making... Review by Patricia
In the amount of time the video ran, Ms. Erikson could have made at least 10 bails. She made 4.
I'm glad I got this one on sale...save your money.
(Posted on 12/4/13)
- Lots of talking, less making... Review by Angel63456
I've been making jewelry for two years now, and love every bit of it. Thirsty for knowledge, I buy and download as much as I can afford to, and still be able to afford to make the jewelry. So I'm no expert by any means, but this video just had me skipping ahead.
Let's just say that I'm very glad that I bought this video while it was on sale. I'd be much more irritated if I had paid full price.
Ms. Erikson is obviously a wonderful jeweler who has been in the industry for 25+ years. She is an ex archeologist, and a teacher.
What irked me is that she spent the entire first FIVE chapters of the video showing us endless pieces of her work, endless bails, and explaining things over and over before she even started to make one. For as long as the video is, she could have jumped in and made at least 10. What we get is about 4 bails, and that is why I'm disappointed in this video. While proportion and design are important, I understood most of everything she was saying without feeling the need to watch EXACTLY how many times she goes over and over and over the design with tracing paper until she finds the magic one. I got it the first time. Even a novice would get it.
That said, this may be good for someone JUST starting out, but for anyone who has more than 6 months of actual jewelry making experience, save your hard earned money, go to class, or watch the endless YOUTUBES out there! Have fun!
(Posted on 12/4/13)