Daily Wire Tip May 1: Pin Vise

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Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip
May 01, 2010

Question:

I bought the pin vise that is featured in wire-sculpture.com.
Is this the same one that Cougar uses on her DVD’s from Jewelry Television?  It does not look like it.  The one she uses has a blue handle.

Answer:

A ‘sliding’ or ‘thumb operated’ pin vise can have one of two different heads. One model has a head that is cone shaped, and while the other version is round with a flat top. Both models have four jaws that meet at the top, which is where the wire is inserted. To tighten the vise around the wire, the sliding metal washer (for lack of a better word) is slid tightly toward the top, causing the four jaws to pinch together around the wire. The vise you are referring to as mine, is the same as the ones found on Wire-Sculpture, here: Sliding Pin Vise

Because I like to bring my own tools home after an event, I put blue painter’s tape around the handle to help identify it.

Answer contributed by Dale “Cougar” Armstrong

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