When jewelry making, it is important to ensure that all the necessary tools are present before embarking on a project. Having the right tools can save a lot of time, helping the individual to work efficiently and precisely. While there are a range of fancy tools and gadgets that can be used to create a number different styles and effects, having a few key tools will work just as well to produce the same effects with a little practice.
First and foremost, every jewelry maker needs a set of pliers. Pliers come in many different shapes and forms, but they are at the top of the list in order to be able to do anything at all. The pliers in question are not the same type of pliers used for household repairs. For accessory making, pliers are small and have smoother surfaces, to ensure that wire work does not get nicked or damaged during handling.
Chain nose or flat nose pliers are undoubtedly the most important kind of pliers to own. They can do a number of things that are very important when it comes to creating pieces with wire and metal. The jaws of a set of chain nose pliers are beak-shaped. They are used to bend wire into angular shapes or even straighten wire. They can also close jump rings, another essential part of creating accessories, and they can be used to hold things in place while working.
Round nose pliers have jaws with a conical shape. The jaws get narrower closer to the tip. There are no grooves in this type of pliers, in order to not scratch or nick any metal or wire whilst working. Round nose pliers are used to create different sizes of loops. They can close and open jump rings and produce consistently smooth lengths of looped wire.
Other pliers available to you, but not as vital as those already mentioned, are the crimping pliers, the wire looping pliers and the nylon tipped pliers. The first of these three works for crimp beads, by flattening them smoothly without damaging the attached loop. The second set is great for quick and easy loop work with wire. The third set of pliers has a special soft tip that can be replaced, which is good for handling particularly delicate materials.
When dealing with wire, cutters are also very necessary. Decide between the bevel cutter or the flush cutter, the second of which is more expensive. The bevel cutter cuts at an angle, often requiring filing in order to properly finish. However, flush cutters cut through wire to leave a flat surface.
Of course, if the cutters used leave any sort of rough edge that needs finishing, then another necessary tool to have is a file. Not only can files be used to smooth rough ends of wire, they can also be used to make beads smoother. They are available in packs of assorted sizes to accommodate a number of projects.
Finally in the list of necessary jewelry making tools are a pair of tweezers, needles and thread. Tweezers will help with precision work. Needles and thread will be necessary for beading, although thin wire can also be used instead of thread. It is advisable to get a range of sizes of needle. Glue should also be purchased for a tool kit, as it is an indispensable tool to have for all sorts of work.
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