I can remember looking at a pair of bent nose jewelry pliers and wondering what in the world do you use them for. I started making jewelry with three hand tools – a pair of needle nose pliers, chain nose pliers, and cutters. And they served me well for many years. But as I began to work with wire more, I started to realize that some additional tools could help me.
And one of those tools was the bent nose plier. So, how do I use them? Here’s how. I’m not saying that this is the best way or only way, just that this is what I have found them extremely helpful for.
The first area where they are helpful is holding beads and other dangles out of the way when completing a wrapped loop. I’m holding the bent nose pliers in my left hand (I’m a south paw). I would then hold the chain nose pliers in my right hand to do the wrapping. Instead, I’m holding the camera, but you get the idea.
The other time I use them is when I’m tucking in that last teeny-weeny bit of wire after making a wrapped loop and trimming the end.
So, that’s how I use bent nose pliers. If you make jewelry, I’d love to hear how you use them.