How to Keep Jewelry Tools From Scratching Your Metal

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December is the month I have to move fast to keep up with never ending To Do List, which included moving a little faster when it comes to make jewelry.  When I am in a time crunch and I am cranking away on wire with my jewelry tools – I tend to leave more marks on the metal surfaces I working with.  I wanted to share with you what I did to stop that problem.


There are several methods that most jewelry makers use to protect their wire wrapped loops, jump rings, wire  and other metal work from those annoying “teeth” marks you get when your jewelry tools “bite” into the metal.

1) One way is to use pre-coated nylon jaw pliers.  You can buy round nose, straightening and various types of flat nose pliers with a nylon coating.  I have found the nylon wears out fairly quickly.  I’ve never really favored the pre-coated pliers.  Most of the pliers that come this way are fairly inexpensive so replacing them is not that big of a deal.  However, I would rather replace my tools less often.

2) Another easy and inexpensive way is to wrap some blue painters tape to your pliers – sometimes 2 layers depending on how much force you have to use on the project you are working on.  The tape comes off easily when you want it off.   However, I feel the tape often gets in the way.

3)* My new favorite way is to apply a coating to your tools.  Yesterday, I finally got around to using a product called Tool Magic – Rubber Coating for Jewelry Tools.  I have had this in my house for at least 6 months.  I just haven’t taken the time to use it.   Last night, I finally gave it a try.

I coated several of my inexpensive flat, bent and round nose pliers and I love it!


The neat thing about the coating is that is not permanent and can be removed without damaging your tools when you want to or if it is worn out and ready to be recoated.  You don’t have to toss the pliers and buy another one.  It gives you a little extra gripping capability and if you are working with some thicker gauge brass or copper jump rings then it can really come in handy.

You just dip the tool, remove it slowly and let it dry for about three hours.  That is all there is to it.  It costs about $10 – $13 a jar and I would say it is worth the money and the small amount of time that it takes to apply it.  You can buy it here. Tool Magic – Rubber Coating for Jewelry Tools.


How do you prevent those annoying marks when you are making jewelry?  Have you used any of the methods I mention above?  Any other ways that work for you that I have not mentioned?  Please share!










  1. Love this tip!! I hate those “bite” marks! I’m gonna look for some of this! thanks so much!

  2. Another method I’ve used is wrapping with electricians black tape…it is pliable (sp?), can be wrapped tightly, can be easily removed, and has the same ‘feel’ as this Tool Magic. I think I will try the Tool Magic, though, to see if it’s better. Thanks for the tip.

  3. Thanks for the tips on using Tool Magic, i bought myself a jar during one of the many Cyber Monday sales. I have yet to use, good to know it takes about three hours to dry.

  4. Thanks for your tips, had not thought about using blue painters tape. I have used Tool Magic for a few years & I love it!

  5. I got a tip on a FB bead group to use Coban, a medical tape that only sticks to itself. We had some of that around the house, and it works really well. That is another choice, depending on what you have around!

  6. THANK you for addressing this! I thought I was the only one with this problem, since I rarely hear people comment about it. I just figured it was the death-grip I had on everything. 🙂 Thanks for the tip about the tape, and the review of the product, I’ve been wondering if I should try that. Now I will!

  7. I hadn’t thought of painter’s tape, that’s a good tip! I didn’t have much success with electrician’s tape because it left a sticky residue and sometimes black marks. Have had a jar of Tool Magic much longer that you and now have incentive to try it! Thanks!

  8. Thanks for your tips. I would like if I can find it in Venezuela, but again thanks. That is very nice of you.

  9. Anyone know if Tool Magic can be thinned? Mine has gotten thick. Thanks

  10. I do hundreds of jump rings at a time on my laser welder, I have found that taking a 4-6″ piece of round brass rod 3/16″ thick and cutting a groove length wise about the width of 20ga wire will allow you to hold a jump ring with the curved side of a curved needle nose pliers( no teeth in curve) using the brass rod with other side of ring being held in groove will allow a smooth hold,even twist and re straightening with no tool marks. Very simple, still using my original tool for over two years. If you find the groove not wide enough, simply widen it with separating disc at other end.


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