slightly round off the edges of the jaws
Great idea, thanks! I think the flat surfaces of the pliers are
smooth, though, as they are new and never used on anything but fine
To avoid making tool marks don't use fine silver. To clean them
up try rubber wheels and then tripoli.
The instructions (in Jean Stark's book) called for fine silver, but
I think that's because the links are fused, and fine silver is
easier to fuse than than sterling. Some of the links are large
enough that they might be soldered rather than fused...it's worth a
I assume a rubber wheel is an attachment for a rotary tool (which I
don't own), but how does it work? Is it like a sandpaper disk, only
with more friction?
I pad my pliers, etc. with layers of masking tape, or
Tool marks are best avoided by using something that is
softer than the metal your trying to shape.
What do you think of nylon-lined pliers? None of the jewelry books
mention them, so I guess they are not essential as long as I use the
"Correctly"--aye, there's the rub. I have "bending pliers" with one
flat jaw and one round, tapered jaw. Since the silver wire has dents
on the outer curves, I must be using too much pressure. Squeezing
instead of securing.