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|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:
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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