If you are looking to expand your tool selection, Wubbers® Pliers are a great addition to any jeweler’s bench. The pliers have comfy padded handles, are made of high quality stainless steel, and have box-joint construction. Wubbers offers traditional jewelry pliers in two sizes (which are awesome), but the pliers that caught my eye are the mandrel pliers. Mandrel pliers are available in several shapes and sizes. And best of all, they are perfect for forming wire links, like those featured in designer Polly Nobbs-LaRue’s two blog posts on making soldered-link bracelets: “I Love Copper Solder!” and “Copper Soldering Tutorial – Part 2”.
An added bonus: inside each package is your invitation and access code for free online classes and tutorials at Wubbers University! You will find a wide variety of classes for the beginning to advanced jewelry maker; just what you need to build new skills.
Recommended tools for the jeweler’s bench:
- Nylon-jaw flat-nose pliers for straightening the wire
- Wubbers mandrel pliers for forming the wire
- Jewelers saw frame and saw blades for cutting the wire
- Swivel vise for holding the wire coil (and so many other valuable tasks!)
- Bench pin for holding the wire coil
- Flat-nose and chain-nose pliers for aligning the cut wire ends
Follow these steps to form and cut wire links using Wubbers mandrel pliers and a jeweler’s saw: