As the main tool you will need to start a jewellery hobby, pliers will be your first investment.
These are a must have for a basic kit. When making jewellery, being able to create loops and rings is essential.
CHAIN NOSE (SNIPE)
Also called half round, these are the most versatile. They are used for many jewellery applications, they are another must have for the basic kit.
Similar to chain nose, these have a wider jaw that is completely flat. Good for holding jumprings/findings as the wide jaw grasps a large area. Another similar style to this are nylon nose, where the jaws are covered in nylon to stop them marking the metal.
These are used with crimp beads. If you want to have a nice finish to your crimping then these pliers are a good investment.
Also called side cutters. These come in a vast range of prices and styles. Be careful what you cut as they can blunt easily if used with hard or large dimension wire.
Used exclusively for cutting memory wire. If you are going to use memory wire you must invest in these, the wire will damage standard cutters.
Always buy the best tools you can afford, whether that’s the £2 or £10 ones!
- Date 25th May 2016
- Tags Essential Techniques
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