Which pliers do you really need when starting out making your own jewellery?
There are a lot of different types of jewellery making pliers available covering the basics to more specialised needs. If you are just starting to make your own jewellery this can be confusing and leave you wondering what pliers are essential for jewellery making.
Our handy guide will explain what the different types of pliers are for and which you really need when starting out.
The ones we find ourselves reaching for on a daily basis are snipe nose pliers, round nose pliers, side cutters. The others included here all have their purpose and may help to make your jewellery designs neater, help you troubleshoot problems in the workshop and make some tasks easier.
If you want to start making jewellery and have a limited budget, we'd recommend starting with the basics first or invest in our pack of pliers which includes 5 essentials in a handy zipped carry case.
Kernowcraft's handy pack of jewellery making pliers has all the pliers you need to start your jewellery making journey.
Including: snipe nose pliers (also known as chain nose), flat nose pliers, round nose pliers, bent nose pliers as well as side cutters.
This pack comes in a lovely zip up case to keep your pliers organised.
The tapered nose helps get into awkward places and is ideal for using with crimps.
Flat nose pliers have a wider surface, this makes them great for holding larger flatter surfaces and bending even, sharp angles in sheet and wire. The wider nose makes them stable and handy for opening and closing jump rings. Tip: Use with snipe nose pliers to make holding and opening your jump rings easier.
Bent nose pliers are ideal for getting into and gripping hard to reach places, they can also be used for opening and closing jump rings and shaping wire. The bent angle of tips means that you can see your work without the handles getting in the way of your line of sight.
These bent nose pliers are available in our pack of 5 pliers and side cutters. Although not necessarily essential, we regularly reach for these as they always come in handy.
The soft jaws of these pliers won’t have such an intense grip on your work so will form without the worry of creating plier marks whilst shaping.
They are particularly useful to straighten out kinks in wire too as well as strengthening it slightly when you run it through the jaws.
One of the jaws has a half-round cross section for curving and forming and the other jaw is flat which helps avoid marking the metal so you can gradually work your way around, bending and shaping it as you go until a complete ring shape is achieved. They are also useful for making ear wires as well as for other wire work.
These have specially designed jaws which are shaped and grooved so that they fit over the prongs on a setting to provide a fast, safe and controlled way to tighten most claw type mounts.
Micro crimping pliers are a specially designed tool for creating a neatly finished crimp. Using snipe or flat nose pliers will squash the crimp flat which can leave it with sharp edges.
These pliers have two actions, the first creates a U shape locking it in place on the wire then the next secures it round to neaten it off.
These pliers are another alternative to the original crimping plier, rather than a two stage crimp you use the concave indent to turn a 2x2mm crimp into a smooth bead which gives a highly professional finish.
If you're a beginner in jewellery making, our Learn The Basics section is a great way to get started with understanding products and techniques.
If you have any further questions, feel free to call our friendly team who will be more than happy to give you some advice through Facebook, Twitter, Email or simply calling us on 01872 573888 9am-4pm UTC.
Alternatively, for more information and how to's on all areas of jewellery making visit our other Gemstone Setting Advice pages.