Round / Flat nose looping Pliers
Last summer I was working with my friend Jane and using my typical grab-them-out-of-the-garage-needle nose pliers, wire snips and clamps. She looked at me with surprise and set me straight about good jewelry making tools and the difference they can make. Since I was a child I have worked with tools so I was very comfortable (and I thought quite accomplished with) using what ever we had on hand, but after Jane had me use a good (not cheapo) set of round nose pliers and wire snips I was hooked. So little by little I have added to my tool collection.
My newest tool is a set of pliers with one round nose and one flat nose. Mine are made by Eurotool and purchased Ornamentea in Raleigh, NC. They can also be found at Silver Supplies.
When using these to wrap loops I find the flat side is less likely to dent the back side of the wire as I wrap it around, even when I squeeze the pliers a little to tight. Also, I like to use the flat side for a quick measure between one bead and the next bend.
Do you have a favorite new tool to share? - Elaine