This week I want to talk about the basic tools I recommend for when starting out on your jewellery making journey. There is an endless amount of tools available on the market. Some very useful, some not so useful, and some with very specific applications and it can therefore be a little confusing when just starting out knowing what to get. In this blogpost I am going to recommend three basic tools that will be useful for any kind of jewellery making and will be hard (impossible) to be without. Those three tools are chain nose pliers, round nose pliers and wire cutters.
To start out with chain nose pliers, they are flat pliers that taper to a point. There are different types of flat nosed pliers, but if you are only choosing one, I recommend the chain nose pliers as the best all round flat nose pliers to get as it is the most versatile. It can be used for more complicated and detailed work such as wirework and basic jobs such as opening and closing a jump ring or flattening a crimp bead. The tapered head of these pliers make it much easier to get the very tip into small spaces where you couldn’t fit regular flat nose pliers.
The next pliers are the round nose pliers. These pliers also taper from a larger to a smaller point and can again be used for detailed wirework or basic jobs such as making wrapped loops or clasps to finish off any piece of jewellery. They are also great for achieving curves where the chain nose pliers are great for achieving angles.
The last pair of pliers is wire cutters. These will work great for any form of cutting of wire or headpins to finish off any piece of jewellery.
Of course there are also different quality of pliers from cheap prices to very expensive, but to start out with, some basic pliers for a reasonable price will work just fine and then can later be upgraded for higher quality pliers when necessary. Also buying a basic tool kit to begin with is a good idea and will often be of sufficient quality to start out with. They will most often come in a case for easy storage as well.