Pliers are probably the most well known and well-used tool. They can be used for holding screws or nails for home repairs, as a grip on a slippery pipe, or to hold delicate projects steady. There are many different types of pliers, here’s a guide to the most common types of jewelry pliers that we use in the store!
Flat Nose Pliers
There are probably at least three pairs of flat nose pliers in any given toolbox. They can have the grooves at the tip of their jaws, and wire cutting blades near the back. They are the most versatile of all the jewelry pliers, but they do have their limits.
Usually, these pliers are the ones you go for when you need to hold, bend, or shape something. If you’re putting up a picture, these are the ones you’re using to hold that nail. If you’re opening a split ring, these are the ones you choose.
Needle Nose Pliers
These pliers are known for their long, tapering jaws. They can be smooth or grooved depending on what they’re going to be used for, but they’re almost always flat. You can use these just like the lineman’s pliers, but on a much smaller scale. These pliers are used primarily for much finer things, like jewelry making as opposed to home improvements.
Round Nose Pliers
Round nose pliers are rather obviously named for their rounded tapering jaws. They are also called rosary pliers for their almost exclusive use in making loops for rosary chain. They can be used to attach head pins to earring findings, make jump rings, or delicate curls in wire. In a pinch, they can be used like lineman’s or needle nose pliers.
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