Flat nose, chain nose, bent nose pliers

At first blush – you may wonder what makes these different from the regular pliers that you may already have – and can find anywhere – from the dollar store to Lee Valley Tools. Teeth. The answer is teeth – these tools do not have grooved ridges cut into them for gripping the wire. (Which, you’d think would make them cheaper than regular pliers – but nooooo – doesn’t work that way.) That toothy gripping surface on regular pliers is going to play havoc with your nice soft, shiny wire – it will chew up the surface and make it …

Round nose pliers

With their gently tapering, smooth round jaws – these are the go-to tools for bending wire. These are indispensable for making wrapped loops and simple loops – a staple of most strung and wired jewelry. But that’s not all they do. Despite their curved jaws, you can use them to hold wire. When making a wrapped loop, after forming the loop – instead of switching to another pair of pliers – use these across the newly-formed loop – to hold it while you finish the wrap! This works for all but the thickest, gnarliest wire. If you want to get …

A New Year, a New Beginning, a New Class

As promised I am blogging the upcoming new class for 2009. I will mostly focus on January and a bit of February. Metal Smithing 101 with Suzanne Crudden begins January 14th and runs for 8 weeks on Wednesday nights.Suzanne McNenly’s Introduction to Pearl Knotting on January 17th Stephanie Dixon has 2 new classes coming in January: Wire Crochet Cuff Bracelet on January 17thAnd the Wire Crochet Earrings for Beginners on January 18th Cindy Vroom’s Basic Bead Stitching 101 begins on January 22nd and runs for 4 weeks. This is a great introduction to different types of stitches. You can enroll …