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Required Tools

Bending and Looping Pliers
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These are the pliers that you will need. One is a chain nose and the other is a bending pliers. They cost about $9.00 each.  The chain nose has smooth jaws. You should never try to use pliers with serrated or "toothed" faces as this will ruin your work.  Do not buy these in a set! All the sets we have examined were of poor quality and would quickly wear out.  

Flush Cutting Pliers and Looping Pliers
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These are Flush Cutting Pliers (sometimes referred to as Nippers) and Looping Pliers.  Never use the Nippers to cut hard metal or Memory Wire.  You can expect the Nippers to wear out in a couple of years so having two is a good idea.  The Looping Pliers are available in a couple of sizes. We like to use the smaller size because we often need to make very small loops.  Expect to pay between $15 and $20 each for quality Nippers and Loopers.

Diamond Files
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These are diamond finishing files.  One is flat and one is curved.  Y you are going to need these to prepare your pliers for use. You will also find them handy for smoothing the edges of findings and stampings.

We bought most of our tools from Jemco. They have a major booth at the International Gemstone Show and some of the people that travel with this booth across the country know us. Drop in and say that SandWitch and Warlock of Houston sent you. If you cannot attend the International Gemstone Show you can click here and go to their website.

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