Keeping Your Pliers Handy

By on February 17, 2016
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by Judy Ellis,

Wire Jewelry Tip for February 17th 2016

Keeping Your Pliers Handy

by Marilyn Gardiner

Are you ever searching for your pliers while you are working? Well today we have a great tip by Marilyn Gardiner on how to keep them at your fingertips!

Marilyn Says:


Once I started making jewelry I found that my collection of tools grew exponentially. Each task seemed to require a new tool. And then I kept finding new and better tools…and so it went.

This is true for pliers for chain mail. You can only use 2 pairs of pliers at a time! But, big rings, tiny rings, heavy gauges, light gauges all respond better to different pliers.

So, I have chain nose, flat nose, bent nose, and tweezer nose pliers in heavyweight and lightweight variations. And then there are short handles, long handles, padded handles, and ergo handles!

For my work table I’ve found two common kinds of holders for pliers:

  • One is a block with holes where the pliers stand upright. It’s called the Wood Plier Block
  • The other is a rack with a wooden dowel where the open pliers are placed over the dowel. This is called a Wooden Plier StandNote that there are some ergo pliers that have large handle ends—but there are blocks with larger holes designed to hold this kind.
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My preference is the block holder for the pliers that I use the most frequently. But I do use the rack style the rest of my collection.

Hopefully this quick tip from Marilyn will help you get your tools organized!

Happy Wrapping!

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One Comment

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    February 18, 2016 at 4:47 pm

    I keep my pliers (and files and sanding sticks)in emptied baked beans tins. Make sure the edge is not sharp.
    If I want to get flash, I paint them with blackboard paint.
    Corazon Craft
    New Zealand