What Are Classic Parallel Action Pliers?

Classic Parallel Action Pliers, Brass Jaw Flat Nose

Classic parallel pliers are an essential bench item, and are often part of even the most basic tool kit for jewellers. Quite different in appearance from other pliers, parallel action pliers hold their position thanks to a compound box joint system, which means they provide an extremely strong grip and won’t spring back once pressure is released. Classic Parallel Action … [Read more...]

Professional Tools Focus: Tronex

Tronex Short Nose Flat Smooth Jaw Pliers

Tronex Technology Inc. was founded in 1982 in Napa, California and has since gone on to become a world leader in the design and manufacture of precision hand cutting tools and pliers. Located near to Silicon Valley, Tronex initially started out supplying precision tools to the electronics industry. Over time their customer base has grown, and they now supply a variety of … [Read more...]

Designer of the Month: Isla Wishart

Bridal Tiara

Ethical and eco-friendly materials are a big part of the jewellery pieces made by Isla Wishart, who creates a range of designs inspired by current trends as well as one off commissions. Read on to learn more about her design style, as well as her tips for those new to jewellery making based on what she has learnt from her time in the industry. Let us know a bit about … [Read more...]

Step By Step Guide: How To Make Beaded Bracelets

beaded bracelets

Want to learn more about the art of beading? And how to start making your own beaded jewellery? Use our step by step guide below on how to make beaded bracelets. Our simple beaded bracelets video tutorial will help you discover what basic tools you’ll need and how to bead to a high standard. What You’ll Need 0.5mm silver wire 5mm heavy jump rings Sterling … [Read more...]

Top Jewellery Making Pliers For Beginners & How To Use Them

As a beginner jewellery maker you may feel overwhelmed by the sheer amount of tools and supplies available to you. Where do you start? And do you really need it all? Before you find your signature jewellery making style and the materials you like to use the most, you may only want to invest in a few vital jewellery tools that will be indispensable, no matter which area of … [Read more...]

Beadsmith 1 Step Looper – Product Review

The Beadsmith 1 Step Looper is essentially a fancy pair of pliers which will cut and shape wire into perfectly looped eye pins or header pins. It is produced by Beadsmith, a well known and trusted name in the bead industry, so as you might expect, this is a well made, good quality product. At first glance it looks a little confusing as the mechanism is quite complex, but … [Read more...]