Jewelry Pliers 101

Half of getting the job done is making sure that you are equipped with the right tools to do so. When you have all the tools that you need, it makes the task easier because you spend less time and the output is of greater quality. Learning about jewelry making tools, their proper usage will also increase your productivity. Before you purchase any tool, make sure that you know exactly what you need. This also prevents you from making purchases that end up to be useless. This reminder applies to buying all sorts of tools and equipments, even so when it comes to jewelry making.  Tools can be dangerous if used incorrectly so it is important to learn some safety tips in jewelry making.

Jewelry pliers are one of those tools that jewelry designers simply cannot go without. It goes without saying that it makes the process of creating jewelry a lot easier. But how does one know which exact type of pliers she needs? After all, there are so many different kinds to choose from. You might just brush it off and say that they’re all the same anyway but if you look at them close enough, you will see that they are actually made for their own specific purposes. Now let’s try to get to know each type.

A chain nose plier has a beveled edge that helps you to avoid damaging the wire. This kind can be used in two ways. First, you can use them to secure bead tips and to crease the wire in small spaces. Another is that they can bend and form the wire without the risk of breaking it. A bent nose plier has a tip that is bent upwards. It is good to use for wires that are really fine and also allows you to create loops and coils with them. A flat nose plier is useful to make angles with. They also allow you to straighten wire that has already been bent.

A crimping plier is one of the most commonly used types. It has grooves on its ends that allow you to curl, roll, flatten, and crease beads. Crimping pliers take away the rough edges that happen when you bend beads into different shapes. A precision round nose plier is comparable to flat nose ones except that it is round instead of flat. The ends are somewhat conical. This type is great for making curves.

These are just some of the types of pliers that you can choose from. There are so many more types. The important thing is to be familiar with the uses and the special things that you can do with them and make sure that your tools fit your needs. Beaded jewelry making can be lots of fun and profitable if you want to start a business, but it is essential that you learn all about your tools, how to use them as this will eliminate a lot of frustration as you will be able to concentrate on your designs and not become frustrated by a lack of knowledge.

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Jewelry Making Tools – Their Proper Usage

In making your own jewelry, the first things you want to prepare are your materials and tools. Many are still questioning what are those tools mostly needed in making jewelry, and how they can use it, or are they really important? Do they need all those tools in making jewelry? Well, sometimes it is very necessary to have all those tools ready, it is much better to be well equipped always. In this article you will be taught about the tools in making jewelry and their proper usage. Starting to work with tools can be dangerous if you are not familiar with them so finding some safety tips in jewelry making advice is important to do. Even learning a simple design like how to make a button bracelet will require some knowledge and safety guidelines to ensure you don’t injure yourself.

Pliers – this jewelry making tool comes with different shapes and sizes. These are the examples of pliers: Long Flat Nose, Long Round/Flat Nose Pliers, Round Nose Pliers, Split Ring Plies, Round/Conclave Pliers, Nylon Jaws(Flat Nose Pliers), and Bead Crimping Pliers.

  • Long Flat Nose – this kind of pliers is used to form, shape, gold or straighten wire without damaging the metal itself.
  • Long Round Flat Nose/Flat Nose Pliers – this is used to loop, bend or coil wire or flat stock without damaging the metal.
  • Round Nose Pliers – this kind of pliers have two conical jaws. This is use in making loops with beading wire or other materials. The loop size is determined by how far the jaws are made. If you want to make small loop, make it near the tip of this pliers, otherwise large loop is made near the hinge of the pliers.
  • Split Ring Pliers – this is a special kind of pliers used to hold a split ring open for connecting other components to the ring. Simply insert the curved tip of the pliers into the ring side and by squeezing the pliers handles, it open split rings. In adding charms or beads to the ring, the curve tip securely holds the ring.
  • Round/Conclave Pliers – this kind of pliers is used to reshape ring shanks and it is also used in bending or forming wire and flat stock.
  • Nylon Jaws (Flat Nose Pliers) – this kind of pliers have jaws that are made from nylon. The nylon is softer than the jewelry wire that cannot make scratch or mark the jewelry wire. This is frequently used in straightening wire and squeezing wire components to flatten and harden them. When straightening, the wire is pulled through the jaws of nylon jaw pliers.
  • Bead Crimping Pliers – this is used in squeezing tubes and beads into smoothly round shape crimps without making unwanted sharp edges.

Cutter – example: End Cutter, Side Cutter, and Jewelry Sniper.

  • End Cutter – the end of this cutter have jaws that are blunt with blades perpendicular to the handles. This is use in making sharp and clean cuts on wire. The blades at the end proved more cutting leverage.
  • Side Cutter – this kind of cutter have jaws that are pointed and angled. The angled is designed nearly parallel to the handles so that the cut is made the top side of the cutter.
  • Jewelry Sniper – the jaws of this cutter are pointed. This is commonly used for sheet, wire and beading cord or string.

Tweezers – this hand tool is used in picking up small objects like beads. It is also used in grasping and holding beads and bead stringing thread.

Now that you have knowledge of the different tools that are used it is important to learn when beading: how to organize your beading stuff. Having tools lying around can mean that they get lost or damaged; being organized will save you lots of time and help you become more productive.

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What Tools Do I Need To Bead Jewelry?

It’s a very common question for beginner beaders to want to know all the tools you will need to start beading. (and what they can live without)

To be successful with your beading projects, it’s a good idea to understand jewelry making tools and their proper usage. Plus, next to each “must have” tool is an **. The other tools you can pick up as you gain more experience. All tools can be dangerous when you don’t know how to use them so it is important to understand some safety tips in jewelry making before attempting to use these tools.

**Wire Cutters

Wire Cutters

Wire cutters are used to cut your wire. They have sharp edges that snap your wire clean. Be sure to get good quality cutters that cut close and clean.

**Crimping Pliers

Crimping Pliers

Crimping pliers are used to flatten crimp beads to then end of your stringing wire. Crimping pliers create neat, round crimps using a 2 step process. They are very easy to use! Use the standard crimping pliers for 2mm crimp tubes. Use the Micro Crimper for 1mm crimp tubes. And if you have a need for a 3mm crimp tube, try using the Mighty Crimper.

Round-Nose Pliers (needle nose pliers)

Round Nose Pliers

Round nose pliers have rounded ends designed to create smooth tight loops in your wire. Choose a good quality set that provides a tight grip, ergonomic handles and a wide range of width on the noses. When first starting out (and on a budget), you can skip this tool at first. But you’ll soon want to advance your skills into creating dangles and wire loops… and you will need these pliers to do that.

Chain Nose Pliers (flat-nose pliers)
These pliers have flat tapered noses that enable you to grip, bend and manipulate your wire. Choose a pair that offer small tips to reach tiny areas and that have comfortable ergonomic handles. If you’re on a budget, you don’t need these pliers right away. But as you work more with stringing beads, you will discover that you will need these pliers to help grip your beads and wire. Plus, when you begin working more with wire, these pliers will become essential.

Beading Needles
There are 2 main types of needles you can use. A beading needle and a Sharps needle. A beading needle is about 2? long, flexible and are designed for stringing multiple beads, off-loom and loom bead-weaving.

A Sharps needle is a shorter more rigid needle… designed for hand bead embroidery into fabric and for off-loom bead-weaving.

You typically don’t need a beading needle until you begin creating off-loom stitch designs. Until then, your stringing wire is stiff enough to string beads on.

Finding places to buy your tools can be time consuming and costly if you don’t know where to look. Trying to find out how to source the best wholesale jewelry and tools needs to be addressed if you intend to go into business. Most of your local shops will be retail and will have a mark up of their own. Take some time to research to find the best deals before you jump in and buy materials. It may take a day or two, but it will be well worth your while if you search online for jewelry wholesalers.

Happy Beading!

Jennifer Thoden shares her love of beads and creativity with beginner beaders and jewelry designers. Her love of color and unique design shows in her bead patterns. Find her bead patterns and tutorials at

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