It is no wonder I like the hobby of beading so much. It is one of the most effortless forms of physical therapy for the hands and “creative therapy” for the mind. Why is this you might say? Well, to me beading and jewelry making is just such a darn good way of having fun. It is “playtime therapy.”
Wire jewelry is another form of physical therapy for the hands and creative therapy for the mind. Wire is a line. Lines are design elements. You must have a great collection of good tools for turning those lines of wire and twisting and manipulating it in the directions you want it to go to turn out fabulous looking jewelry pieces. What are the tools for the trade of wire jewelry?
You must have at the very least a good pair of pliers. Contenti Tools Valor Ergo Pliers Set in a zippered case boasts a great set of pliers, six pairs in all. They are colored-coded with rippled handles designed to comform to your hand for hand comfort while manipulating those design elements of “wire” into fabulous looking jewelry collections.
A wire jewelry artisan without the right tools is like a cake baked without flour and sugar. Tools are your main ingredients, and a good set is even better.
The Valor Ergo Pliers set is a good middle size, not too big and not to small. They are made of sturdy construction. The box joints on this set of pliers help to keep jaws aligned for longer periods of work life. They are a tough set of pliers. The ripples on the handles make it easy for finger placement even for those with smaller hands. They are made of stainless steel, double leaf springs and are easily grabbed quickly by using color codes on the handles.
Beaders can also use this fine set of pliers. The set may be actually a bit more than a beader would want to invest in, but they can be used in the art of beading as well.
Written by: Connie Limon, Bead Jewelry Artisan
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Lorena is a pair of dangle earrings I added to Carmilita’s Fancy Handmade Dangle Earrings Collection. She dangles about 2 1/2 inches from the hook.
2 Antique Silver Plated Leverback Earrings
2 Antique Silver Plated 19 x 21 mm Heart Connectors
4 Antique Silver Plated Eyepins
10 Antique Silver Plated Ball Pins
6 Antique Silver Plated 23 Gauge 5 mm Jump Rings
4 Antique Silver Plated 4 x 5 mm Bicone Metal Beads
2 Red AB 8 x 5 mm Glass Crystal Rondelles
2 Pink AB 6 mm Glass Crystal Bicones
4 Pink AB 4 mm Glass Crystal Bicones
6 Ruby AB 4 mm Glass Crystal Bicones
Lorena’s Price $15 (includes FREE shipping)
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