If you creating a project with a thicker material like leather, satin, silk, ribbon, etc., how do you finish the ends. There are two different ways. First, you can use a crimp end made for thicker materials. There are two different types – the ones to be attached to a clasp, and those that are there own clasp. Some you crimp, some you glue. These work fairly well, but can cost a bit and don’t provide a great deal of variety. The preferred method is to take your end through your clasp (or through a ring attached to the clasp and then fold it down against itself. Use a 3″ piece of wire (20 gage is easiest) and wrap it tightly around both pieces of leather. Cut off the wire ends, file smoothly and tuck them against the leather with a flat plier. This is more secure and lets you use any clasp you like.
What are all the different pliers for? Here’s a rundown:
Round Nose Pliers (also called needle nosed) – These have cones on the end. Their sole purpose is for making loops and round shapes. They are not good for holding wire still.
Chain Nose Pliers – Flat pliers that come to a point. These are good for getting into tight spots, flattening crimp beads, opening and closing jump rings and holding wire in place.
Bent Chain Nose Pliers – The same as Chain Nose pliers but with a bent end. These are great for tightening coils and getting into narrow spots.
Flat Nose Pliers – These are the same as Chain Nose pliers but they don’t come to a point – their diameter is the same the whole length of the jaw. These are good for holding the wire in place, flattening crimp beads and chain mail.
Nylon Jaw Flat Nose Pliers – Same as Flat Nose pliers but with nylon coating on the jaws. These are for making spirals and straightening wire.
Cutters – Essential pliers for cutting wire. Side cutters can get up close for a more flush cut. End cutters provide a less jagged edge when cutting wire. Heavy duty cutters are for cutting heavy gage wire.
Bail Making Pliers – These are like round nose pliers, but the cones are the same diameter the whole length of the jaw. They are for making consistently sized loops and bails. Some have several diameters in one plier.