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Daily Wire Tip May 21: When to Use 4 1/2″ Flat Nose Prong Making Pliers
Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip
May 21, 2010
I recently bought a pair of 4 1/2 Inch Flat Nose Prong Making Pliers 1mm and would like to know how to use them. I can’t seem to find any information on them.
The 4 ½-inch measurement is the length of the tool, while the 1mm is the distance across the very end of the tip. The idea behind this tool is to use the 1mm tip to measure the length of, and then make the 90-degree bends on, the wire prong being created to hold a cut stone within a wire design.
Due to the fact that the necessary lengths of prongs are determined by the size of the stone being set, there are several different sized ‘prong making’ pliers available. Larger stones need prongs longer than 1mm, so if one were to purchase all of the sized pliers available they would have a choice.
Personally, I like to keep life simple and use a pair of chain nose pliers, marking my choice of prong lengths along its’ side, creating one tool that can be used to make as many different prong lengths as I desire, at any given time.
Answer contributed by Dale “Cougar” Armstrong
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