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Jewelry making tools are the toys of our trade. There’s always room in your studio (and in your heart) for another groovy pair of pliers, or something unique to use as a mandrel, or a nifty jewelry gadget! Here’s the rundown on various types of tools and how to use them.
Your Essential Toolkit
These are the basics you can’t live without:
Round Nose Pliers
Round nose pliers are the best tool for creating wire loops, and most other curved or rounded shapes in jewelry metals. See my secret for using this tool to get really professional-looking results.
Flat Nose Pliers
Flat nose pliers have endless uses in making jewelry. They grip, bend, open and close things, straighten things out, and more.
Chain Nose Pliers
What chain nose pliers are, and when to use them in making jewelry.
You’ll often use a flush cutter, also called a side cutter, to trim wire and other things. Learn which way to turn the cutter to get the best results.
Files are an important tool for putting a finishing touch on your handcrafted jewelry. Learn about different types for different jewelry projects.
Five Essential Tools for Making Beaded Jewelry
Jocelyn Duncan’s helpful list of beading tools – including one tool you might not expect.
Metal Stamping Tools
Letter stamps are an addictive jewelry design tool! See the fun I’ve been having with the “American Typewriter” metal stamps.