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Daily Wire Tip Sept. 1: Dale’s Fave Flat Nose Pliers
Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip for
September 1, 2010
I would like to know what tip width on flat nose pliers you prefer. I have been using a 6mm, but it seems a little wide for some projects.
-Sonia in Salisbury, North Carolina
Yes, flat nose pliers with a tip width of 6mm would be great for working on specific projects using a bundle made of 18-gauge wire and larger. As you are asking me what I prefer, my favorite flat nose pliers are the Swanstrom flats.
The width across the tip is 3mm and the thickness of the jaw’s very tip is less than 1mm. This makes them the perfect choice for traditional wirework; wide enough to push up to 14-gauge square wire, yet small enough to work in little areas like rings. The tip’s thickness is about the same as that of a 22-gauge wire, making it the perfect choice when wrapping a bundle of like width.
I also like the long handles, allowing the tool to do more of the work for me, thus saving my hands. Thanks for asking!
Answer contributed by Dale “Cougar” Armstrong
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