Add These Pliers to Your Jewelry Making Supplies
When you are considering jewelry making supplies, you'll realize that several different pliers will become a staple to your toolbox. These are the most basic jewelry making tools and you'll use them every day.
Pliers are used to bend, shape, cut, and hold different pieces of the jewelry. Since they are used often, you should buy the best that you can afford. This way you won't have to worry about replacing them or having them become less useful with wear and tear.
Many pliers are made of metal, which will scratch other surfaces, especially delicate surfaces of jewelry. Many scratches on metals can be removed by polishing, but to reduce the chances of scraping, many jewelry making tools have an added no-mar compound to coat the pliers with. Some pliers even are made of plastic jaws to avoid scratching.
Here are some basic pliers your jewelry making supplies should include:
Flat-nose pliers - These are flat at the contact point and can be used to close prongs, form metal, and straighten and flatten out metal. You will often use two sets of flat-nose pliers to do various tasks.
Round-nose pliers - These have jaws that look like a cone. Round-nose pliers are used in making wrapped loops or eye pins and French ear wires.
Bent chain-nose pliers - These are angled or 'bent' at the end to allow you to get into tight areas. Straight pliers may not be able to reach small areas, so the bent jaw will prove to be helpful in tight spaces.
The previously stated pliers should be able to cover pretty much any type of jewelry making. However, there are other pliers that will make some jobs easier and faster. Jump ring pliers have indentations in their jaws that will allow you to close the ring.
Crimping pliers will quickly fasten beading or other wire. There are two indentations on the jaws of this set of pliers and the crimp bead is placed in the indentation so you can easily clamp it down to secure the wire. You can also look at cutting pliers or other types of pliers that will complete your collection of jewelry making supplies.
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