Premium Videos by Mechelle Lois


Mechelle Lois is a professional bench jeweler who was classically trained in jewelry making and repair at the highly regarded North Bennet Street School in Boston MA. Now based in her hometown of Pittsburgh PA, she enjoys stone setting, repair work, and creating custom designs. When not making jewelry, Mechelle enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.

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How to Resize a Ring

How to Resize a Ring

Sizing a ring is one of the most requested repairs a jeweler will see. Ganoksin instructor Mechelle Lois teaches you...
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Working with Precious Metals: Silver

Working with Precious Metals: Silver

In this video, Ganoksin instructor Mechelle Lois shows you how to create a silver band. Working with silver is a...
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How to Make Open Huggie Hoop Earrings

How to Make Open Huggie Hoop Earrings

In this video, Ganoksin instructor Mechelle Lois shows you how to make these super-cute open huggie hoop earrings. This versatile...
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How to Make Threader Earrings

How to Make Threader Earrings

Composed of a post, chain, and a dangle element, a threader earring threads a chain through the earlobe. Ganoksin instructor...
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How to Repair a Thin Ring Shank

How to Repair a Thin Ring Shank

Fixing a worn thin shank is an essential repair for rings. Learn how to re-shank a worn or split shank...
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How to Create a Butt Joint

How to Create a Butt Joint

In this video, Ganoksin instructor Mechelle Lois demonstrates two methods to solder a butt joint, which involves joining metal pieces...
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How to Make Sizing Beads to Size a Ring Down

How to Make Sizing Beads to Size a Ring Down

Mechelle Lois demonstrates how to make sizing beads - a perfect solution for difficult to size rings. Mechelle goes over...
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Installing a Peg Head With Split Prongs

Installing a Peg Head With Split Prongs

In this video, Ganoksin's Mechelle Lois shows you how to install peg head and split prong settings on a band....
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How to Sweat Solder

How to Sweat Solder

Sweat soldering is a technique that joins flat metal pieces by flowing solder on each piece and then reflowing the...
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How to Make and Set a Cabochon Bezel

How to Make and Set a Cabochon Bezel

A bezel is the oldest and easiest type of cabochon setting. It’s an essential jewelry-making skill and a great way...
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How to Repair a Bezel Using a Jump Ring

How to Repair a Bezel Using a Jump Ring

You can restore a thinning bezel in several ways. In this video, Ganoksin instructor Mechelle Lois shows you how to...
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How to Repair an Ear Wire

How to Repair an Ear Wire

Earrings that dangle or have movement to them are often made with an ear wire. This is the portion of...
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How to String Pearls

How to String Pearls

Pearl stringing is a high-demand repair that is a great skill to have in your pocket. The same stringing technique...
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How to Finish a Chain End

How to Finish a Chain End

Whether you want to finish a chain you bought by the foot or repair a clasp or jump ring on...
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How to Repair a Chain

How to Repair a Chain

Next to ring sizing, chain repairs are the most common jewelry repair you'll see because chains are worn regularly and...
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How to Create a Shared Prong Setting

How to Create a Shared Prong Setting

In this video, Ganoksin’s Mechelle Lois demonstrates setting a shared prong on an anniversary band.  This popular setting, common in...
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How to Channel Set

How to Channel Set

In this instructional video, Ganoksin’s Mechelle Lois demonstrates the double undercut technique for channel setting stones.  Watch as Mechelle guides...
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How to Make and Set Bezel for a Faceted Stone

How to Make and Set Bezel for a Faceted Stone

In this video tutorial, Ganoksin instructor Mechelle Lois demonstrates how to hand-fabricate a bezel for a faceted stone. Mechelle provides...
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How to Install a Figure 8 Catch

How to Install a Figure 8 Catch

A figure 8 safety clasp is added to the box clasp of a link or bangle bracelet as a backup...
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How to Repair a Bezel by Patching

How to Repair a Bezel by Patching

Over time, bezels can wear thin, increasing the risk of the stone breaking or coming loose. There are multiple ways...
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How to Add a Safety Chain to a Bracelet

How to Add a Safety Chain to a Bracelet

Safety chains are necessary additions to any high-value bracelets for additional security. They prevent bracelets from falling off when a...
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How to Repair an Earring Post

How to Repair an Earring Post

Earrings with a post can break or bend from too much wear. Ganoksin instructor Mechelle Lois walks you through the...
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How to Repair a Channel on a Channel Set Ring

How to Repair a Channel on a Channel Set Ring

When a channel set ring needs repair, it's almost always because the channel has worn down over time. This creates...
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How to Resize a Ring With a Stone

How to Resize a Ring With a Stone

In part 2 of this series, instructor Mechelle Lois teaches you how to re-size a ring with a stone. Sizing...
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How to Make Snake Stud Earrings

How to Make Snake Stud Earrings

In this video, Ganoksin instructor Mechelle Lois shows you how to make snake stud earrings. Snakes are a compelling and...
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How to Repair a Cuff Bracelet

How to Repair a Cuff Bracelet

Cuff bracelets are squeezed on the wrist for a custom fit every time they're worn. These constant adjustments weaken the...
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How to Flush Set a Faceted Stone

How to Flush Set a Faceted Stone

In this video, Ganoksin instructor Mechelle Lois demonstrates how to flush set round, faceted stones into a plain ring band....
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How to Solder Two Rings Together

How to Solder Two Rings Together

Mechelle Lois demonstrates how to solder two rings together. By soldering the base of the bands together, the rings will...
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How to Repair a Prong

How to Repair a Prong

Repairing a prong is one of the most requested repairs for a jeweler. In this video, Ganoksin instructor Mechelle Lois...
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How to Install a Clasp

How to Install a Clasp

When the spring inside a clasp wears out, you'll need to install a new clasp. In this video, Ganoksin instructor...
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Tube Setting a Faceted Stone

Tube Setting a Faceted Stone

In this video, Ganoksin instructor Mechelle Lois shows you how to bezel set a faceted stone in tubing. Tube setting...
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Working with Precious Metals: Gold

Working with Precious Metals: Gold

In this video, Ganoksin instructor Mechelle Lois shows you how to create bands from 14K yellow, white, and rose gold,...
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