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How to Avoid Marking the Wire

One of the more difficult skills for beginners to learn is how to use your tools and minimize the marks that the tools make on wire.  Round nose pliers in particular will mark both sides of the wire every time that you use them.  Since Round Nose Pliers are normally used making loops, one of these marks will be on the inside of the loop and won't be an issue, the other will be on the outside of the loop and will be visible.  Even Chain Nose Pliers can mark the wire if they happen to slip, the edge of the pliers can scratch the surface of your wire.  There are a few things to do to lessen the amount of marks that you leave on your wire.  Here are some suggestions:

1.  Learn to grip the wire firmly and tightly so that it will not slip, but not too tight.  The proper gripping pressure is a skill that needs to be learned and will minimize marks on your wire.

2.  Minimize use of your round nose pliers to those applications where they are absolutely required like making loops for bead dangles and for wrapped bead links.  Use Chain Nose or Bent Chain Nose Pliers for gripping wire and holding wire. 

3.  Use the right tool.  Consider purchase and use of the following tools:

  • Fine Step Jaw Pliers or Round/Flat Pliers for making the initial loop in a wire component.  (Fine Step Jaw Pliers are preferred when you have them.)  The round jaw of these pliers will leave a mark, but this mark is  on the inside of the loop where it can not be seen.  The flat jaw spreads the force of gripping so that they do not mark the wire.
  • Nylon Jaw Pliers for gripping, compressing and hardening wire components.  The nylon is softer than the metal in the wire and will not mark the wire. 
  • Bent Closing Pliers for closing the small gap in loops.  The grooves in these pliers help to hold the wire without letting it slip.

4.  Use your tools properly.  On the following web page we will show how to use your Fine Step Jaw Pliers or Round-Flat Pliers to make initial loops. 

5.  Consider filing the edges of your chain nose or bent chain nose pliers.  With inexpensive pliers you may have some minor imperfections in these edges that can cause marks in your wire.  Any file with a fine surface like our Needle Files - Economy will do. 
 

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