Every chainmaille artist owns at least two different pliers and each has his/her own preference for brand and style. Having had the opportunity to meet with many different artists and designers, we’ve isolated three essential Xuron® brand pliers for chainmaille work.
Tom’s Corner: Tips, techniques and commentary from Master Model Railroader Tom Piccirillo
Somerset County Traction System’s huge interurban combine had been in the shop for two months. “Ol’ number 36” (as she is affectionately called by the shop crews) was being rebuilt from the rail up. She got new trucks, new motors, new underbody equipment, new seats, new lights and a new paint job in brilliant Traction Orange. Finishing touches involved installing the handrails . . . now that the paintwork and lettering were complete.
Every electronics assembler, engineer, repair technician and home hobbyist has a pair of pliers in his or her tool box. There are as many different pliers types and styles available as there are applications for them.
When making jewelry with wire it’s important to understand the differences in composition, size and hardness of the wire, as this will dictate the type of wire cutters you will need to use.
Our friends at Halstead ™ recently published a blog article offering excellent guidance and instruction on wire gauges and wire tempers (hardness). This should be recommended reading for any beginner jewelry artist!