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Jewelry Making Tool Box

Desirable jewelry making tools used when making jewelry with wire and beads. 

Jewelry Making Tool Kit by WigJig

Here are a list of the jewelry making tools that you will ultimately want along with a description on what to look for when purchasing that tool.  Some of these tools are not required for a beginner.  When you are a beginner you need to be frugal and careful in the selection of your tools.  As you become more experienced you will find that these tools are very helpful for making professional quality jewelry.

  1. Round Nose Pliers.  Round nose pliers are a required tool for anyone making jewelry with wire and beads.  With round nose pliers, the thinner the tip, the better.  The best round nose pliers available on the market have been the Lindstrom Ergonomic Handle Round Nose Pliers.  We at WigJig have just developed round nose pliers with the same functionality at a fraction of the price. Our recommended round nose pliers are item 4001 in our Internet store. 
  2. Bent Chain Nose Pliers.  Chain nose or bent chain nose pliers are a required tool for anyone making jewelry with wire and beads.  Chain nose or bent chain nose pliers have flat smooth jaws.  Please note that these pliers are not the same as needle nose pliers that electricians use.  The electricians tools have jaws with a pattern filed into the jaws to help grip the wire, at pattern leaves marks on the wire, which is fine for electricians but is not acceptable for jewelers.  With chain nose pliers, like round nose pliers, the thinner the tip, the better.  In this case "Bent"  chain nose pliers are preferred because the pliers are bent and your wrist is straight when you use them.  The best Bent Chain Nose Pliers that we have found were made specifically at our request.  They are item 4002 in our Internet store. 
  3. Flush Cutter.  Flush cutters are a required tool for anyone making jewelry with jewelry wire and beads.  Our experience with a flush cutters is that the best ones cut the most flush (flat) and therefore require less filing of the ends.  Our personal preference is the Flush Cutter-Ultra best meets this requirement.  This cutter cuts flush and is made of hardened steel so it stays sharp longer than most others.  Our recommended cutter is item 0356 in our Internet store. 

    Round Nose Pliers Jewelry Making Tool

    Bent Chain Nose Pliers Jewelry Making Tool

    Flush Cutter Ultra Jewelry Making Tool

    Round Nose Pliers Bent Chain Nose Pliers Flush Cutter

  4. Nylon Jaw Pliers.  Nylon jaw pliers are not absolutely necessary, but are strongly recommended.  Our experience is that all nylon jaw pliers are great and they all wear out over time.  For this reason, replacement jaws are a nice feature.  Our Nylon Jaw Pliers-Thin Nose are very good nylon jaw pliers.   They are item 4004 in our Internet store, with replacement jaws, item 4020
  5. Step Jaw Pliers.  As you make more and more jewelry, you will want to make your pieces more consistently.  One jewelry tool that helps significantly with being consistent is the Step Jaw Pliers.  We use these pliers to make initial loop and sometimes the final loops in jewelry wire components.  With three steps they can make three different sizes of loops.  With one jaw being flat these pliers have the other advantage that they do not mark the outside of the loops you make.  Our Fine Step Jaw Pliers were specifically made to make a loop the size of a WigJig Delphi or Cyclops peg (1/16") with the first step.  The second step in these pliers makes a loop the size of a Olympus or Electra peg (3/32").  The third step makes a loop bigger still (9/64").  We recommend this tool for making your initial loops.  Please note -- this tool is not appropriate for making wrapped loops.  You will still need round nose pliers.  Our recommended fine step jaw pliers are item 4003 in our Internet store. 
  6. Loop Closing Pliers/Bent Closing Pliers.  As a beginner you will find that the loops you make in jewelry wire will have small openings that you will want to close.  Again, as with chain nose pliers, the best loop closing pliers are bent.  We recommend Bent Closing Pliers item 4005 in our Internet store. 

    Nylon Jaw Pliers Jewelry Making Tool

    Step Jaw Pliers Jewelry Making Tool

    Bent Closing Pliers Jewelry Making Tool

    Nylon Jaw Pliers Step Jaw Pliers Bent Closing Pliers

  7. WigJig.  Most of our jewelry projects can benefit from using one of our WigJig jewelry tools with some accessories.  For making jewelry, we recommend our WigJig Centaur or WigJig Centaur Lite jewelry tool,  We also recommend our Spiral Maker Tool for the Centaur.  Our WigJig Centaur Lite is item 5003 in our Internet store.
  8. Super Pegs.  For making rounded shapes our Super Pegs are a must have item.  They can support making loops as small as 3/16" up to as large as 2".  We frequently find that our patterns require us to use two of the smaller sizes of Super Pegs to make shapes that have two loops the same size.  Our best value for purchasing our Super Pegs is to purchase our Premium Set for the jig you have.  For our WigJig Centaur, recommended above, the appropriate Premium Set is item 3205 in our Internet store.  Please NOTE: Item 3205 includes the appropriate Spiral Maker for the WigJig Centaur or Centaur Lite. 

    WigJig Centaur Jewelry Making Tool

    Super Pegs Jewelry Making Tool

    WigJig Spiral Maker Jewelry Making Tool

    WigJig Centaur Super Pegs Spiral Maker

  9. Chasing Hammer.  Many jewelry designs will not require a hammer, but some will.  Most designs for making one piece earrings (earring body and ear wire in one wire component), will require the use of a chasing hammer and anvil to harden the rounded portion of the jewelry wire component that goes through the ear.  Any chasing hammer with a smooth face will work well.  With chasing hammers, the edge of the hammer can possibly make marks of the surface of the jewelry wire you are hammering.  For this reason, the larger the head on the hammer, the better.  There is also an advantage having a face on your hammer that it slightly rounded.  This rounded face tends to minimize marks on the wire when you are hammering.  We recommend our 1 1/4" chasing hammer, item 0353
  10. Nylon Hammer.  Some projects require hardening without changing the shape of the jewelry wire.  Chasing hammers will slightly flatten the surface of the jewelry wire when they are used.  For those projects where you don't want this flattening, we recommend a nylon hammer.  Please note that we do not recommend dual purpose hammers, one head a chasing hammer and the other head a nylon hammer.  These tools generally do only an adequate job of each function. Our recommended nylon hammer is item 3220
  11. Anvil.  Any anvil with a smooth surface will do.  Our Anvil - Bargain, item 2911 will work fine.

    Metal Chasing Hammer Jewelry Making Tool

    Nylon Hammer Jewelry Making Tool

    Bargain Anvil Jewelry Making Tool
    Chasing Hammer Nylon Hammer Anvil

  12. Metal Ruler.  A ruler is probably the first tool you will use in any jewelry project.  Measuring wire before you cut it is always good practice.  You need a ruler that has measurements in both mm and inches.  The ruler that we recommend is our item 4022
  13. Cup Bur.  The cup bur is a tool that rounds and removes any burs from the end of jewelry wire that has been cut.  Most wire components are completed with the end of the wire hidden in the piece frequently in a loop.  These components do not require any additional work.  Some wire components however, like ear wires, leave the end of the jewelry wire visible and exposed.  For any pieces where the end of the wire is exposed, we use a Cup Bur tool to round the end of the wire.  We sell two styles of Cup Bur tools.  The Cup Bur Economy has a wooden handle and one Cup Bur bit.  The Cup Bur Premium comes with 6 Cup Bur bits, but must these bits must be held in a Pin Vise to use.  Cup Bur bits wear out over time, so plan on replacing the bit after extended use.  With the Cup Bur Economy you replace the bit by buying a new tool and discarding the old one. The cup bur economy is item 0303 in our Internet store. 

    Metal Ruler Jewelry Making Tool
    Cup Bur Jewelry Making Tool
    Metal Ruler Cup Bur or Bur Cup Tool

  14. Practice Wire.  We can debate whether it is a tool or a supply, the bottom line is that practice wire in a variety of gauges is required.  We recommend making any new wire component at least three times in practice wire before you cut your good wire.  Practice wire is any inexpensive wire in the appropriate gauge.  Many people use copper wire that they purchase from the hardware store.  That wire will work fine.  We also have a large variety of inexpensive copper wire in our Internet store. 

We have put together a kit, called KIT-WIGJIG that includes most of the items mentioned above.  Please select here to view our KIT-WIGJIG in our Internet store.  The KIT-WIGJIG includes the following jewelry tools and jewelry supplies:

  • WigJig Centaur Lite (Item 5003)
  • Extra Metal Pegs for the Centaur Lite (Item 0115)
  • Spiral Maker for the WigJig Centaur (Item 0046)
  • Set of 6 Small Round Super Pegs for the Centaur (Item 0121)
  • Round Nose Pliers (Item 4001)
  • Bent Chain Nose Plier (Item 4002)
  • Fine Step Jaw Pliers (Item 4003)
  • Nylon Jaw Pliers (Item 4004)
  • Bent Closing Pliers (Item 4005)
  • Chain Nose Piers (Item 4025)
  • WigJig Vinyl Tool Wallet (Item 4008)
  • Flush Cutter Ultra (Item 0356)
  • 20 Gauge Silver-Plated Wire for practice (Item 0276)
  • Silver-tone Head Pins for practice (Item 1156) 
The KIT-WIGJIG is sold at a price that represents about a 15% discount from the price of the above tools sold separately. 



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