When I started beading, I admit to being very confused by all the different types of pliers. So, I have written a series of posts to help you tell the difference. This one focuses...
How much do you know about pliers? Did you know you will be needing them for jewellery making? And do you know what kind of pliers you need? In fact, did you even realise that they come in different types?
If you’re a beginner, then the chances are this is all very confusing. It certainly felt confusing to me when I started out. So, that’s why I’ve put together this section to help you.
What pliers do you need?
Well, that depends very much on what you are planning to do, or make. You see, you’re about to find out that you have a lot of choice.
We have some basic types – round-nose and flat-nose – that are pretty much staples of most jewellery making projects.
Then, we have some weird and wonderful types that do specific jobs…things like crimping.
So, how do you know what you need? And which brand should you buy?
I’ve tried to put together some helpful advice so you can make better decisions for you. Now, I’m not really a fan of specifying exact brands, because I find this is very personal. I may love a particular brand, but you may find it doesn’t suit you, for whatever reason. So, what I’ve tried to do is explain some of the options and explain how to make choices that are right for you.
This may be based on budget, or on what is available. The thing is, there is often no ultimate ‘right’ or ‘wrong’. But hopefully the information here will help you to feel more comfortable about making those choices.
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