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Wubbers Square Plier

Check out the new Wubbers Square Mandrel Pliers!

The unique square shape of the jaws will open a world of possibilities in your designs. You can consistently create even coils, square jump rings, tubes, square beads, and much more.

The square jaws are a continuous square mandrel as opposed to being tapered, so you are guaranteed the same size every time. In addition, the jaws are two different sizes for more versatility in one easy to use tool.

These patent pending pliers are packaged with an easy to follow instructional CD with guidance on how to get started using these versatile pliers.

Tool Care Tips
Pliers, wire cutters and other similar tools are like a third (and sometimes fourth) hand to the beader and jewelry maker. All tools need care to help them perform their best; here are some hints to help you keep them in their best working order.

All new pliers are likely to need a little smoothing before you use them so they don't scratch your wire, rings, or beads. Run your fingertip over the jaws of the plier. If you feel anything the slightest bit scratchy, use an emery board to smooth it away. I use a white foam fingernail block to smooth my pliers as they have a very fine grit and and make the jaws of the pliers as smooth as silk. Work slowly and carefully and don't round off the corners of your pliers or make the tool faces uneven.

When you buy a new pair of pliers, be sure to wipe off any excess oil from the plier joint to keep it from staining your clothes. If your new pliers seem tight, you can help work them in by working the handles back and forth to distribute the oil throughout the joint. Tension is provided by leaf springs between the handles of your tools and can be adjusted by gently bending the leaf springs. Bend them toward the middle for more springiness; press them more closely to the handles for less springiness.

The Lindstrom pliers are different...they adjust with a three position durable plastic spring. Just move the spring to the slot that corresponds with the springiness you want.

If you are looking for pliers for your craft work, be sure to look for high quality pliers. Money spent on high quality pliers can save your hands, save of materials, and produce better work. Good quality tools can last a lifetime!

  
 
 

Ten Reasons I Love Chain Maille Jewelry

  1. It takes very little equipment (2 pairs of pliers) and some jump rings to make beautiful jewelry.

  2. Chain maille is easy to carry around and work on while watching TV, visiting family and friends, while waiting in the car, at the doctor, on lunch breaks---any time you have a few minutes.

  3. Once you have learned the basics it is easy and fun to develop your own patterns. Chain maille is the perfect "what if?" art form.

  4. There are always new patterns to learn if you don't feel like experimenting on your own.

  5. Chain maille is very much like knitting (which I love); knitting is one stitch at a time, chain maille is one ring at a time.

  6. Trying weaves in different metals (copper, aluminum, silver, brass, etc.) is exciting as the same weave can look very different in a different metal.

  7. Chain maille is not messy like painting or dyeing. I don't like messy. Yes, rings get caught in the carpet but they don't stain.

  8. Chain maille can be masculine or feminine, depending on the pattern, ring size and material chosen to weave with.

  9. Chain maille impresses people; many weaves look very intricate and that is always impressive.

  10. Fewer people do chain maille than "mainstream" jewelry so it always attracts more attention at fairs and shows (and when you are wearing it).

You Can Make Chain Maille Too!

I carry the best chain maille (or chain mail or chainmaille---all spellings are used) books and DVDs available.

If you've always wanted to learn a variety of chainmaille weaves, I'd suggest the Weaving Silver DVDs.

If you want to learn European weaves in depth, check out The Art of Chain Mail book by Dylon Whyte.

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