To create jewelry you need a few essential instruments. Using high-quality instruments will ensure beautiful and durable jewelry pieces. The following information details the most important ones you should have to hand.
Beading scissors are used for quick and easy cutting of bead cords and thin threads like nylon thread or elastic thread. The scissors should be used ONLY for soft materials: wire, tiger tail and other hard materials will wear out these scissors. Their razor-sharp blades and small tips are perfect for delicate work and snipping in tight places.
Tweezers are tools used for picking up small beads and findings that are not easy to grasp by hand. They are great for creating small knots on nylon thread.
Side cutters are used for cutting lengths of soft wire, tiger tail, cupchains, loopchains and for triming head pins and eye pins. Their maximum cutting capacity should not be exceeded in order to prevent damage to the cutter. The jaws are pointed and angled to be almost parallel.
Memory-wire cutters are specially designed for cutting steel wire or any hard wire – for example memory wire. The shears leave a clean, safe-to-handle, straight edge.
Chain-nose pliers are used for many different kinds of jewelry making tasks, like attaching findings, closing bead tips, opening and closing jump rings, flat crimping, forming wire and making angled bends. Their jaws are semi-round with flat surfaces where they meet. The smooth jaws have slightly rounded edges and tapered tips.
Crimping pliers are used for applying crimp beads and tubes, which are closed and secured through this easy-to-use hand tool. It makes the crimp bead or tube appear round and feel smooth, getting rid of sharp edges. The lower-position grooves crimp beads and tubes closed with one firm grip and the upper-position grooves round off edges with another firm grip for a professional finish. Always use medium crimping pliers for crimp beads sized 2,3 mm and above and crimp tubes sized from 1,8 mm and above.
Flat Nose Pliers
Flatnose pliers are used for wiring, especially for making wider and broader bends in wire, for making angled bends, for straightening and flattening out metal, for opening and closing jump rings, for flat crimping and for general holding of components and supplies that cannot be held easily or precisely by hand. Both jaws are flat with a smooth surface that will not mar or scratch wire.
Round Nose Pliers
Round-nose pliers are used for shaping wire, for example creating different sized loops and making round and curved bends in wire, headpins or eye pins. Their jaws are round, tapering from the pivot to the tip. Attention: The jaws may leave unwanted dents on wires due to their small pressing point.