Hammer/mallet and bench block

What they are:

Again, another two pieces that come very handy when doing jewelry. Two pieces that work together: a hammer, or a mallet and its bench block.

 

What they are used for:

You will find MANY different kinds of hammers in the market, depending on what you are going to do with it, you may choose one or another.

Basically you use a hammer and a bench block to:

  • Harden the metal
  • Stretch the metal
  • Shape the metal: forming or bending it
  • Texture the metal

 

basic mallet and bench block

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bent nose pliers

What they are:
Another tool that can be very handy when building jewels. In the beginning you may not find it very useful, maybe you wonder what in the world can you do with it. Wait. When you start doing a lot of wire work you will realize all the benefits it can bring you.
Its tips are angled. That allows you to get into difficult areas.

Bent nose plier

What they are used for:
As said before, they help you getting into difficult or tight areas, that cannot be reached via other pliers. Or to grab a wire end that is hard to catch, maybe because it is a bit short. Other use is to hold beads out of the way when you are busy doing, for instance, a loop.

Do you use them differently? Do you use them at all? I will be glad to see your comments.

Ring Mandrel

What is this:
A mandrel is one of the most basic wire-curling tool you can use. It looks like a cone: it has cylindrical shape , gradually becoming thicker, and special ring sizing mark. So you can decide how big the ring will be as these marks indicate the ring size number or the diameter (in cm)

What it is used for

The most common use is to size rings, shaping a ring you are creating to a certain size or telling you the right size of an existing ring.

You can also use it to hold one ring, or many, for display, or to help you while doing jewelry repair.

In a mandrel wire can be manually twisted around it to create loose coils.

 

More:

The bests mandrels are made of metal, as they last longer and can be use when hammering the ring. You will find other materials as wood or plastic.

In the beginning, if you don’t have a mandrel you can use your imagination and use, instead, round pieces you can find around your house, like pens, sticks, etc. Be creative! But a mandrel is, definetly, a handy thing to have in your tool kit.

 

 

 

Wire cutters

What they are:
Wire cutters or diagonal pliers are other tool very much needed when handling wire, used to cut, oh surprise, wire like silver, copper or steel. In the market you will find many different blade models. The gauge of the wire that you are going to cut determines the size, and the type, of the wire cutter that you should be using. If you use a fine cutter on a heavy gauge wire you may destroy it at the very first cut!

wire cutter

What they are used for:
Obviously, to cut wire. Either to cut specific lengths or to trim off excess wire. They are not used to turn or grab anything, only cut. Some people use scissors to cut soft wire, this is not recommendable as it may damage the scissors.

More:
They come in two styles: side cutters and top cutters.
Be careful when trimming off small pieces of wire, as it can hit you in the eye!
Keep cutters away from children.

Flat nose pliers

What are they:

And, again, another tool that is a must in your toolkit: a pair of flat nose pliers.

Flat nose pliers

What are they used for:

Used for making sharp bends and right angles in wire. Also to hold a design firmly, gripping mainly flat objects. It can be used, toot, to straight bet wire.

 

I personally use this pliers very much. Do you use them a lot too?

 

 

Round nose pliers

Let’s start talking about the Round Nose Pliers.

What they are:
They are one of the most used tools you will be using when doing jewels. It has two opposing tapered and rounded, conical, heads.

round nose pliers

What they are used for:
Mainly to shape rounded objects, opening and closing rings and to reinforce.

More:
There are many models available in the market. You may have several of them in your tool kit in different sizes so you will always have the correct size.

One of the most useful round nose pliers will come to a very small point, so you can do finely detailed work.
You should look for round-nose pliers without metal teeth, those are the best when doing jewels as they do nor mark the wire.

Do you have one or many?

In future posts I will teach you how to use them to make loops and other stuff.

 

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