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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!


Tools Every Jewelry Maker Must Own

One of the great things about making jewelry is that you need very few tools. You can start with just a few and add to your workbench as your skills and focus grow.

What I consider mandatory hand tools required are listed below. You cannot be successful in making jewelry without these four jewelry making hand tools. You can find a flush cutter, round nose pliers and chain nose and bent chain nose tools in many of the kits I sell here on eBay.

  • Flush Cutter (for cutting wire)

  • Round Nose Pliers (for making loops)

  • Chain Nose Pliers and

  • Bent Chain Nose Pliers (2) (for grasping, holding and bending wire)

As you begin to make more jewelry, I suggested you consider adding the following tools to your collection:

  • Nylon Jaw Pliers (for straightening wire and flattening wire components)

  • Step Jaw Pliers (for making loops with standard sizes)

  • Chasing Hammer (for hardening wire components)

  • Anvil or Bench Block (for hardening wire components)

  • Cup Bur (for rounding the end/removing the burrs on cut wire)

  • Loop Closing or Link Closing Pliers (for closing loops)

  • I also recommend a Wig Jig jewelry making jig. For making jewelry the most versatile jig is the Wig Jig Centaur. I also recommend a selection of Super Pegs and the Spiral Maker for the jig you choose.

One last comment: always buy the best tools you can afford. Quality tools will make your work easier and faster and of higher quality. Cheap tools will have to be replaced over and over while quality tools will last a lifetime.

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