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How To Choose Jewelry-Making Tools

Watch more Great Craft Ideas videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Learn how to choose jewelry-making tools such as pliers, wire cutters, and tweezers using these steps. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Bend with plier Determine whether your jewelry-making will involve bending. Round-nose pliers are used to bend curves and make loops and chain-nose pliers form right angles. Choose pliers with thin tips. Step 2: Add wire cutters Add wire cutters if you will be working with metal wire. Flush cutters are precise wire cutters designed specifically for jewelry work. Tip Buy pliers and wire cutters with rubber handles for comfort. Step 3: Include a ruler Include a ruler to measure wire. Your ruler should be metal with markings in both American and metric units. Step 4: Look for tweezers with a scoop Find a pair of tweezers with a bead scoop on one end. Tweezers can be used to tie knots in silk cords or to scoop and organize beads and gems. Step 5: Keep an eye out for cylinders Keep an eye out for various sized cylinders, from pencils to copper tubing, to do your wire wraps. Step 6: Purchase an engraver Purchase an engraver to personalize the jewelry you make with inscriptions. Did You Know? According to a 2006 survey, there are more than 52,000 jewelers and precious stone and metal workers in the United States.
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