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Using 6 Step Barrel Pliers
by Judy Ellis, Wirejewelry.com
Wire Jewelry Tip for November 6th, 2015
Using 6 Step Barrel Pliers G2-503
By Judy Larson
Today we take a look at a tip about using the 6 Step Barrel Pliers.
Judy Says: Round nose pliers are great, but sometimes it is difficult to grasp the wire in exactly the same spot when you need to make the same sized loop or curve.
Once you use the 6 step barrel pliers, they will be the most versatile tool in your workshop. Whenever you need to make consistent sized loops and curves, the 6 step barrel pliers should be your go-to tool.
Consistent sized loops are not only important in making wire wrapped loops and jump rings, but in many other jewelry designs as well.
Knowing the sizes of the steps can be helpful when using tutorials that refer to metric or standard measurements. The following are approximate measurements of each step of the barrel pliers:
Step 1 2.33mm 3/32”
Step 2 3.25mm 1/8”
Step 3 4.5mm 3/16”
Step 4 6mm 1/4”
Step 5 8mm 5/16”
Step 6 8.75mm scant 3/8”
If you need to make a few jump rings, use these pliers to make the size coil you need. The 6 steps make the sizes you will use the most often.
Here are a few projects that Judy has created with her 6 Step Barrel Pliers:
Perfect French Hook Ear Wires are a snap to make and they are all exactly the same size and shape. They stay in the ear better than any other ear wire my daughter and I have found.
Don’t just think jump rings and ear wires. The Heart Link is made using the 6 step pliers. Connect the links to make a bracelet. Hang a single link from an ear wire and add dangles for a pretty little earring. CLICK HERE for Judy’s Pattern.
The Scarab Bracelet is made with coil wrapped interlocking links formed on the 6 step barrel pliers.
I hope that you enjoyed this quick tip from Judy. Keep watching for more great tips like this from all of our contributors!