How to Use Curved Chain Nose Pliers

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How to Use Curved Chain Nose Pliers

Curved chain nose pliers are an essential tool in any jewelers toolbox. Used normally in conjunction with a flat nose pliers or straight chain nose pliers, the curved tip has a smooth inside jaw and narrow tip making it useful in manipulating and handling various jewelry components and wire.

Curved Chain Nose Pliers vs. Needle Nose Pliers

Curved chain nose pliers are closely related to needle nose pliers. With their pointed tips, curved chain nose pliers may be easily confused with needle nose pliers. Unlike curved chain nose pliers, needle nose pliers have serrated ridges that can create indentations on your wire when manipulating it with the pliers. This makes curved chain nose pliers a great option for grasping and bending wire.

Because curved chain nose pliers will not mar your wire, they are a perfect option to use in conjunction with flat nose pliers to open and close jump rings, work with chain, secure wire, and bend wire. With their pointed tips, curved chain nose pliers are almost a must for wire wrapping projects that require grabbing and pulling the wire in close spots.

Curved Chain Nose Pliers vs. Chain Nose Pliers

Curved chain nose pliers are in all essence the same to straight chain nose pliers. With smooth jaws on the inside and a tapered base, the only difference between the two are the bent or curved tip.

Curved chain nose pliers are great for reaching into tight spots. Where you are opening or closing jump rings or need to securely grasp a link of chain to remove, the curved tip makes it great to manipulate wire and secure jewelry making components.

Directions

1. With one hand, use the flat nose pliers to secure your component before beginning any manipulation of the wire with the curved chain nose pliers.

2. Align the open jaw or bent tip of the curved chain nose pliers over the area you would like to grab.

3. Squeeze the handle down tightly until the pliers has secured itself around the wire.

4. Secure your component or bend the wire as needed.

5. Release the grip on the curved chain nose pliers to remove.

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