Tuesday Tips and Tricks!

Today’s tip is for our chain maille enthusiasts! You’ve probably noticed our new bright colored chain maille jump rings. Making chain maille requires you to open and close your jump rings with pliers repeatedly and that friction from your pliers can cause the color coating on the ring to chip or scratch. And we’ve discovered there’s not much worse than noticing a scratched jump ring smack dab in the middle of your finished chain maille cuff bracelet!

When our designers are working with chain maille they protect their jump rings with a product called Tool Magic. By dipping the nose of your pliers into this liquid rubber coating you create a protective barrier between your tool and your jump rings that prevents scrapes and scratches. Once you’re finished your chain maille project, Tool Magic will easily peel off your pliers. For other tips on how best to use Tool Magic, check out our step-by-step technique !

Happy Tuesday! -Gretchen

4 comments to Tuesday Tips and Tricks!

  • Tool magic is great I love this stuff!!!

  • I love Tool Magic. I recommend it to everyone who is just starting out. But if you can’t find it or have run out, wrapping your pliers in painter’s tape is a quick alternative ;) ( not too thick a layer tho)

  • Christine Sherriffs

    I just dipped last night as I am working a project using jump rings. Love Tool magic.

  • FusionBeads.com

    That’s a great tip jazmyn! A single layer of painters or contractors tape wrapped around your pliers will also protect your jump rings. This tape is great for a quick fix because it’s inexpensive and won’t leave adhesive residue on your tools when you take it off! It’s a thinner product, so be sure to check every few jump rings to make sure that the tape isn’t wearing away.
    -Gretchen

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