An Alternative Way to Use Your Pliers

by Denise Peck
It's a natural tendency, when holding pliers, to use it as a bending tool. When we use pliers outside of jewelry making, we do use them to increase the strength and torque of our hand. And we turn or twist the pliers to do the job.

But in jewelry making, it's sometimes better to hold your pliers completely still and use the jaws more as a mandrel. Let your fingers do the manipulating of the wire. It takes a little getting used to, to not turn the pliers themselves. Here are some photos of a perfect demonstration of this while starting a wire wrapped loop. You'll see that not once do you move the pliers.
Instructions
Bend the wire to 90° over the chain nose pliers
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Hold the 90° bend in the round nose pliers, holding the pliers as you would grass clippers and pull the wire up over the jaw of the pliers.

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Swivel the jaw of the pliers so you’re holding them as you would a pair of scissors, and complete the loop.

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Materials

20 Gauge Round Half Hard .925 Sterling Silver Wire
H8-20H
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 feet
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 1FT
  • Price: $2.93
  • Gold Club Price: $2.19
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Tools

Chain Nose Wire Pliers
G2-508
  • G2-508
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $32.95
  • Gold Club Price: $24.71
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  • Category: Design
  • Technique(s): Coiling, Making Loops, Wrapping, Weaving