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Daily Wire Tip Dec. 30: Flat Nose Pliers
Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip for
December 30, 2010
I’m trying to make first bracelet in the Beginner DVD series. My flat nose pliers make too large a bend. I saw where you mentioned buying the more expensive 1mm tip flat nose, but can I just do hand bends? Or is there another plier I can use? Many thanks!
-Ruby in East Dublin, Georgia
Ruby, many wire artists begin with the tools that they already have, but in the long run, investing in a good set of jewelry tools is a good idea.
While Wire-Sculpture has many flat nose pliers to choose from, my favorite flat nose pliers are Swanstrom pliers. I know they are a bit more expensive, but I have to tell you that the pair I use were purchased in 1995 and I use them constantly!!
These flat nose pliers have the perfect tip width across, to give a good surface area to wrap about anything, including small items like rings; the jaw width at their tip is perfect for making hooks on wrap wires that stay on your bundles more easily, and the longer handles mean you don’t have to use as much power to get a firm bend, so they are great on the hands and wrists too! They are also completely flat, meaning they do not bulge or dip along their jaw, so nice 90 degree angles can be created continuously.
Answer contributed by Dale “Cougar” Armstrong
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