Metalsmith Essentials Artisan Bails: Handmade Findings to Enhance Handmade Pendants Video Download

Join Lexi Erickson in this jewelry-making Video 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 video 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: EP6414

Author/Speaker/Editor: Lexi Erickson

Format: Standard Definition Video

Customer Reviews

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 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)