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How to Choose Jewelry-Making Tools

Perplexed by pliers and flustered by flush cutters? Jewelry-making tools serve specific functions.


  • Step 1: Bend with plier Determine whether your jewelry-making will involve bending. Round-nose pliers are used to bend curves and make loops and chain-nose pliers form right angles. Choose pliers with thin tips.
  • Step 2: Add wire cutters Add wire cutters if you will be working with metal wire. Flush cutters are precise wire cutters designed specifically for jewelry work.
  • TIP: Buy pliers and wire cutters with rubber handles for comfort.
  • Step 3: Include a ruler Include a ruler to measure wire. Your ruler should be metal with markings in both American and metric units.
  • Step 4: Look for tweezers with a scoop Find a pair of tweezers with a bead scoop on one end. Tweezers can be used to tie knots in silk cords or to scoop and organize beads and gems.
  • Step 5: Keep an eye out for cylinders Keep an eye out for various sized cylinders, from pencils to copper tubing, to do your wire wraps.
  • Step 6: Purchase an engraver Purchase an engraver to personalize the jewelry you make with inscriptions.
  • FACT: According to a 2006 survey, there are more than 52,000 jewelers and precious stone and metal workers in the United States.

You Will Need

  • Round-nose pliers
  • Chain-nose pliers
  • Wire cutters
  • Metal ruler
  • Tweezers with a scoop
  • Cylinders
  • Engraver
  • Rubber handles (optional)

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