What modifications did you need to make?... So I use them, and am
grateful for them, but I have to say that I am disappointed with
the marks that it leaves.
The ones I ordered didn’t have the pitted finish problem that yours
did, thankfully. I would think a little clean-up and re-polishing
would solve that, no? But I agree, it’s a drag to have the problem in
the first place.
As to the pliers making little dents in the metal you are forming and
the sticky plastic pads not doing much to overcome that I’d have to
say that my experience was pretty much exactly the same. My first step
was to cut some disks out of fairly thick leather --3mm tooling
leather if I’m not mistaken-- and glue those on the ball side of the
jaws with rubber cement. Voila, no marks! And the leather disks stood
up to use and abuse much better than the plastic ones did. But then I
decided I actually liked the marks after all and so don’t use the
leather pads much anymore.
The mods that I made to my pliers were mostly a matter of
specializing them for my particular purposes. I found that the
forming side of the pliers --that is the side that the ball jaw fits
into-- were too large and therefore restrictive for my tastes. I
think they’re large to help you form a full circle but I didn’t find
that useful because I wanted to form much tighter circles. So I cut
most of the forming side off leaving only a short segment on the
plier’s jaw itself. This made them much more versatile… and I’ve
been able to use the section I cut off as a forming block in and of
itself so I’m happy with the way it turned out.
I’ll have to check out the forming pliers that you mentioned Otto
Frei offers. If it’s like the other stuff I’ve purchased from them
then I’ll bet they’re pretty good.
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