When the dog bites
When the bee stings
When I’m feeling sad
I simply pull out my favorite tools
And then I don’t feel so bad
I have a great many tools, but there are some tools I just cannot live without when wire weaving or wrapping (I have a completely different set of tools for fiber arts and precious metal clay).
When I started working with wire, I didn’t spend much money on pliers; I had a round nose and a bent nose, but no flat nose. Since then, I’ve spent some money on a good pair of round nose pliers, and picked up two different flat nose pliers; these are the work horses of my tool bench:
With these pliers, I am finally able to start down-sizing my jewelry; I love big and bold, but I think most of the female population doesn’t feel the same, so I’m trying to make more dainty, delicate items, and these tools are critical. With the Swanstrom pliers I am finally not leaving marks on my wire; why this is so, I couldn’t tell you. I don’t think I applying less pressure, so it must be magic! The Xuron pliers are also non-marring, and great for getting into tight places to place or end a wire.
Another staple in my tool chest are my shaping tools, the most important of which are my hands. These tools see continual use, too.
What are your favorite tools?