I love my nylon jawed pliers, so I always make sure that I have replacement parts for them. I use them all the time. The thicker gauge wires need those pliers to be straightened. However, they wear out quickly, and I find that when I want to straighten smaller wire that the grooves in the jaws can make it difficult to get the wire straight.
And then I saw a tool that was perfect for quickly straightening the thinner wires - the Artistic Wire Nylon Wire Straightener Tool. When I received it I wasn’t quite sure how to use it. However, it didn’t take me very long to figure it out. What was a surprise to me was that it was very ergonomic. It fits naturally in your hand (Figure 1).
I was clumsy with it at first, but before you knew it, I was straightening wire for earrings much faster than I could do with those worn out pliers. It’s also very portable, and if I’m going to do a lot of wire working I always have my pliers in an easy carry bag.
To straighten wire, get the tool comfortably situated in your hand. Then using something like nylon jaw pliers hold one end of your wire and put it into the three rollers (Figure 2).
Now grab onto the wire with your hand and pull. Your wire comes out as straight as straight can be (Figure 3). You might wonder, what is the wear and tear on your hands? I have arthritis in mine, but this tool didn’t bother me at all! This is a tool that will set prominently on my work table.
Dr. Gail H. Devoid, Ph.D. is president of Need for Beads, Inc. and teaches beading techniques through programs at the Bead Society of New Hampshire. She also co-hosted a live, free, Internet radio show called The Jewelry Connection.