Round / Flat nose looping Pliers
Last summer I was working with my friend Jane and using my typical grab-them-out-of-the-garage-needle nose pliers, wire snips and clamps. She looked at me with surprise and set me straight about good jewelry making tools and the difference they can make. Since I was a child I have worked with tools so I was very comfortable (and I thought quite accomplished with) using what ever we had on hand, but after Jane had me use a good (not cheapo) set of round nose pliers and wire snips I was hooked. So little by little I have added to my tool collection.
When using these to wrap loops I find the flat side is less likely to dent the back side of the wire as I wrap it around, even when I squeeze the pliers a little to tight. Also, I like to use the flat side for a quick measure between one bead and the next bend.
Do you have a favorite new tool to share? – Elaine