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Toolbox: Wirework

Wirework toolbox
This photo shows some of the tools you will need for wirework. Not shown: bench block, anvil, chasing hammer, ball peen hammer, cross peen hammer, mallet, needle files, tumbler, steel shot, burnishing compound.

Here’s a handy guide to the essential tools that you should have for wirework jewelry projects.

  • Bench block or anvil
  • Cutters: side, end, or flush
  • Hammers: chasing, ball peen, cross peen
  • Mallet: rawhide or plastic
  • Mandrels or dowels
  • Needle files
  • Pliers: chainnose, flatnose, roundnose, parallel, nylon jaw
  • Polishing cloth
  • Sandpaper: various grits
  • Tumbler, steel shot, burnishing compound

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