Ode to Nylon Tipped Pliers

One of my favorite jewelry making tools is my set of nylon tipped pliers. I picked up my first pair specifically for the purpose of straightening wire during wire wrapping but I have found many other benefits along the way. Nylon pliers are wonderful when doing general work with fine gauge wire 24ga and smaller. Hard metal pliers are more likely to scratch the material or work harden it more quickly. They are also great for gripping items with shiny surfaces so you don’t scratch them. I frequently find myself picking them up instead of my regular chain nose pliers.

 Nylon Pliers: Halstead Bead Item #'s X827, X826 and X831

Nylon tipped pliers do have their pitfalls. The tips need to be replaced pretty regularly. A project with a lot of rough material can ruin them in a hurry. They also don’t give you the iron grip you need for some holds. Some materials are  more prone to slipping when in nylon jaws.

That being said, these are wonderful tools that will get a lot of use in your studio. They may even become favorites. Have you tried them yet? What do you think?

 

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  • I haven’t tried them yet, but reading about them here made me run through my projects in my head and realize how handy they’d be. Thanks for the ‘tip!’

  • I haven’t tried them yet, but reading about them here made me run through my projects in my head and realize how handy they’d be. Thanks for the ‘tip!’ Well, shoot. It said I entered a wrong captcha (don’t think I did), then when I tried again, it said I’d already posted the commment and now it wants me to try again … hmmm… I’m obviously missing something!

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