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micromaille - laucquering pliers?
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Posted on Tue Apr 02, 2019 12:08 am
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Hey all,

I'm currently doing a bit of micromaille using 28AWG silver, which understandably gets knocked around by my steel xuron pliers. I haven't found any nylon pliers that would work well - they're all too big and clunky to be of much use.

I've been taping the xurons with packaging tape, which works okay, but I'm curious if it would be a good idea to try some kind of lacquer (dip? spray? not sure) to insulate the silver from the steel prongs.

alternatively, if anyone has recommendations for good tiny nylon pliers or a better tape to use in this application, I'm all ears!

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Posted on Wed Apr 03, 2019 2:11 pm
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felt/fabric tips. stitched (better) glued (in a pinch)

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Posted on Sat Apr 06, 2019 3:30 am
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I've used both plastic and rubber dipping agents on the handles of some of my tools in the past, and found it to be durable. I'm not sure how it would work on the business end of pliers, however... but it's cheap, so what do you have to lose? I'd look in the auto parts stores for such a substance, as it really is made for tools.

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Posted on Sat Apr 06, 2019 7:16 am
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Plasti-Dip.
https://www.walmart.com/ip/Plasti-Dip-Tool-Handle-Coating/21015332?wmlspartner=wlpa&selectedSellerId=0&adid=22222222227016781835&wl0=&wl1=g&wl2=c&wl3=51770260391&wl4=pla-83188113311&wl5=9031625&wl6=&wl7=&wl8=&wl9=pla&wl10=8175035&wl11=online&wl12=21015332&wl13=&veh=sem&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIqoqqsfW64QIVICCtBh0TVwyGEAQYAiABEgJMBPD_BwE

Prices vary, so shop around.

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Posted on Fri Apr 12, 2019 12:23 am
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Konstantin the Red wrote:
Plasti-Dip.
https://www.walmart.com/ip/Plasti-Dip-Tool-Handle-Coating/21015332?wmlspartner=wlpa&selectedSellerId=0&adid=22222222227016781835&wl0=&wl1=g&wl2=c&wl3=51770260391&wl4=pla-83188113311&wl5=9031625&wl6=&wl7=&wl8=&wl9=pla&wl10=8175035&wl11=online&wl12=21015332&wl13=&veh=sem&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIqoqqsfW64QIVICCtBh0TVwyGEAQYAiABEgJMBPD_BwE

Prices vary, so shop around.


ah, i think this is what i was looking for.

Thanks for all the help and recommendations everyone! I've been labbing out how to get good closures and with dipped pliers i think I can avoid even more marring.

TL;DR of this project is a curb-chain of JPL in silver micromaille..I made a decent length of it a while ago but realized later that I can do better with the closures and the plier marks.

hope to have some good pictures to share soon!


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We would love to see the ongoing work!

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Posted on Tue May 28, 2019 3:27 am
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Another option that I've heard of but haven't tried is Tool Magic. (Available at most craft stores, usually cheaper than the current price on Amazon.)

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Posted on Tue May 28, 2019 1:44 pm
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alissathorne wrote:
Another option that I've heard of but haven't tried is Tool Magic. (Available at most craft stores, usually cheaper than the current price on Amazon.)


So It's like an ablative coating? That's cool. You might have to watch that around new pliers. Those new pliers grip serrates can be quite choppy choppy. Still a really good idea if you have a spare set of warn pliers you can leave the coating on then periodically redip!

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Posted on Thu May 30, 2019 6:26 am
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If they're unduly gnawsey in the jawsey, take a small flat file to them and knock off the sharpness. This is simplest with the pliers clamped in a bench vise.


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Posted on Thu May 30, 2019 9:27 am
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Good point but it is a trade off, I do have some warn pliers that don't tend to mark, that said they are so warn that they do tend to slip. I'm currently running 2 plasters and one drying out scar on my right. (one of the knuckles I've done 3 times in the same place, pardon my language but it is a trifle effed.) Yes I should be wearing gloves but you know it's summer and I'm still building up my callouses (and scar tissue apparently).

Anyway to get back on track, pre-warn pliers all good, I would add that if possible only use on a weave where your going to get good area purchase on both sides of the link.

Going right back to your original post, nylon pliers. I wonder if we could 3d print something, and if your designing something from scratch you could design the "perfect" chainmaille pliers? You could make the chanmaille swiss army knife of pliers! With keys built into the metal, maybe a knuckle loop. I might start a thread. Very Happy

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Posted on Fri May 31, 2019 5:20 am
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If it happens once more on the same knuckle, it'd be a -- quadruple effed. Coif Cool Smiley

Ran afoul of a kitchen rasp that way recently, zesting some lime peel. Bloody, that was. Lacerated, in a word. Still has a mark...

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