Jewelry Making Technique:
This weeks techniques discussion is on tools. Normally, we discuss which tools are appropriate for a beginner. This time we will discuss what tools we actually use to make the projects we show on our web site. A few of the tools we use are expensive. Some of the tools that we use may surprise you as we don't always chose the most expensive tools. We select our tools using the criteria, which ones work best for us without regard to price.
Other than our WigJig tools, the tools that we use almost every day are the following -- round nose pliers, two pair of bent chain nose pliers, a flush cutter, fine step jaw pliers, and bent closing pliers. While in general we feel the Lindstrom makes the best tools in the business, only one of the tools that I use on a daily basis is made by Lindstrom. It is my round nose pliers with the ergonomic handle,Item 2829 in our Internet store. These round nose pliers have a tip that is the smallest of any that I have found and they also have an ergonomic handle that makes them comfortable to grip.
The two pair of bent chain nose pliers that I use are both our Fine Bent Nose Pliers (seconds), item 2828. These chain nose pliers were made at our request because they have the finest (thinnest) point on the pliers which allows them to be used in tight places and for the most delicate work. The surface blemishes on these pliers do not impact their ability to work.
The flush cutter that I use is our Flush Cutter Ultra, Item 0356. This cutter has an ergonomic handle and does a great job of cutting gold, gold-filled, silver, copper and brass. Do not try to borrow this cutter to cut Soft Flex, it isn't made for that.
For almost every piece that I make, I use our Fine Step Jaw Pliers to make the initial loop. The Fine Step Jaw Pliers (item 2774) were also made at our request with the initial step of the pliers being the size of a WigJig Delphi peg, the second step being the size of a WigJig Olympus peg and the third step being larger still (9/16"). Because the jaws of the step jaw pliers are cylindrical and not conical (like round nose pliers) it is very easy to make loops of a consistent size. That is why this tool is so valuable.
The final tool in my everyday tool kit is our Bent Closing Pliers - Premium, item 0389. This tool is used to help close loops, when necessary. The groove in the jaws of these pliers keeps the wire from slipping as you squeeze the loop closed.
There are two other tools that I use frequently, but not every day. They are a chasing hammer and an anvil. The chasing hammer that I use is our Chasing Hammer 1 1/4", Item 0353. The anvil that I use is our Economy Anvil, Item 0299.
Unfortunately, the links provided to view these tools will work when we have the tools in stock. Our store is configured so that we do not display items like our Economy Anvil which is now out of stock.
These aren't the tools that I recommend for beginners. A complete set of these tools would be quite a bit more than $100. Our Beginners tool kit is less than $30.
When you view our instructions for our projects, now you will know the tools that we actually used to complete these projects.
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