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Going to Tucson!

Every year after the hustle and bustle of the Holidays dies down, I start to pack my bags and get ready for my favorite trip to one of the biggest and best bead shows in the world. The Tucson Gem

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Lexi’s Solder Tips

Anyone who knows me knows that I am passionate about soldering. It’s one of the very basic techniques needed when making jewelry, and one that many people don’t understand. In fact, I have been in a class where the teacher

Posted in Free Classes, Jewelry Making Q&A, Jewelry Tips, Lexi Erickson

How Do I Care For My Wubbers Pliers?

Keep Your Wubbers Pliers Looking and Working Like New! I designed Wubbers to last, but here are some quick, simple things that you can do to keep them looking great and working great. Feed Them! One of the things that

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Ask an Expert: Ten Essential Jewelry Sawing Tips

It matters not what type of jewelry you make, someday you may need to saw something out. We highly recommend you watch John Sartin’s Wubbers tutorial on Sawing and Drilling. John shares many techniques, which will make sawing much easier.

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Jewelry Making Q&A: Ferric Chloride Etching

Q: Hello again Lexi! You’ve given me such wonderful advice in the past and so I thought “who better would know the answer to this?”  Does ferric chloride etch raw brass? I have a number of ideas for projects, and

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Ask an Expert: How to Choose a Jewelry Saw

There are dozens of saw frames on the market now, and it can be overwhelming to know which one to choose when you first start out making jewelry.  Over the years I have collected quite a few, and will guide

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Jewelry Making Q & A: All about Bezel Wire

Q:  I would like to know if you would share some of your wisdom with regard to choosing the right bezel wire, specifically bezel wire thickness and height.  I use mainly fine silver if that makes any difference. –Monica, via

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