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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 Repair an Ear Wire

Earrings that dangle or have movement to them are often made with an ear wire. This is the portion of the earring that goes through the ear. Repairing or replacing an ear wire is an essential skill for any jeweler. Ganoksin instructor Mechelle…

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How to Add a Safety Chain to a Bracelet

Safety chains prevent a bracelet from falling off of the wrist when a clasp fails. Safety chains are a necessary addition to any high-value bracelet for added security. Ganoksin instructor Mechelle Lois shows you how to add a safety chain to…

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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 repair of an earring post in this video. An earring post repair is a versatile skill to have that can be used to fix any earring with…

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How to Repair a Channel on a Channel Set Ring

When a channel set ring needs to be repaired it is almost always because the channel has worn down over time. This creates a situation where the stones may become loose and fall out. Ganoksin instructor, Mechelle Lois, walks you through the steps…

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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 can be applied to any type of bead so it is also a versatile skill. Ganoksin instructor Mechelle Lois shows you how to restring a…

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How to Install a Clasp

When the spring inside a clasp wears out a new clasp will need to be installed. Learn how to attach both a spring ring clasp and lobster clasp to a chain in this video from Ganoksin instructor Mechelle Lois. Spring ring clasp Lobster clasp Pliers…

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How to Finish a Chain End

Whether you want to finish a chain you bought by the foot or want to repair a clasp or jump ring on an existing chain the same techniques are used and explained in this video. Ganoksin instructor, Mechelle Lois, outlines the steps of finishing…

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How to Repair a Cuff Bracelet

Every time a cuff bracelet is worn it is squeezed on the wrist for a custom fit. This constant adjusting of the bracelet will cause the metal to weaken over time and crack. Ganoksin instructor Mechelle Lois takes you through this common occurrence…

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How to Repair a Chain

Next to ring sizing, chain repairs are the most common repair you will see because chains are regularly worn and break easily. In this video, Ganoksin instructor Mechelle Lois teaches you how to repair several different styles of chains. Mechelle…

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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 become one ring that is less likely to move around when worn. If you work with wedding and engagement rings, chances are…

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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 the purpose of sizing beads, what type of rings they are best for, as well as how to make and solder the beads to a ring.…

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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 in this tutorial with Ganoksin instructor Mechelle Lois. Tools and Supplies: Third Hand Flux Jeweler’s saw Ruler Pliers Rubber mallet…

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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 teaches you how to successfully re-tip and re-prong a mounting. Tools and Supplies: Wire stock Easy (or repair) solder Third…

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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 a ring with a stone can be scary but Mechelle will show you a safe and effective way to solder while protecting the stone. (See also part 1: How…

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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 how to cleanly size a metal ring up or down