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Featured Tool of the Week: Third Hand with Tweezer HOL-165.00
by Rose Marion, Wire-Sculpture.com
Tool of the Week for
October 31, 2011
sponsored by JewelryTools.com
This week’s tool: Third Hand with Tweezer, Item # HOL-165.00
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|This week’s featured tool from JewelryTools.com is the HOL-165.00 Single Third Hand with Tweezer. This tool is great for soldering, because you can use the tool to hold one part of your soldering project while holding the other piece and the soldering tool in your hands. But I think that wire artists can adopt this tool for traditional wire jewelry, too! You can find this product on JewelryTools by searching for HOL-165.00, or simply click on its picture at right.
I’ve found this tool’s helpful when making coiling projects like Albina’s Golden Medallion Pendant. When I coil, I tend to grip the frame so firmly that it warps! (Oops.) With the third hand, it can hold the project for me, while I guide the wire with both hands, preventing kinks and work-hardened loops. Some models of Third Hands have alligator teeth, which can be tough on colored craft wire, so I just put some felt in the jaws and it’s good. (The featured tool at right has a smooth tweezer hand.) If you don’t have the space for a vise, or you often take your jewelry to friends’ houses to work on together, this is a great portable tool that will fit in your bag and sit happily on whatever surface you have.
Many styles of Third Hands come with a magnifying glass, like the ones on Wire-Sculpture! Great for hobbyists and small projects.