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Wire has memory and stiffness that yarn doesn’t have. This makes it harder on your hands and harder on your knitting needles and crochet hooks. Don't use your prize tools for these projects: use steel or aluminum tools since wood, bamboo and plastic will scratch.
In addition to using your metal hooks and needles, you will need a few other tools to conveniently work with wire. Any of these tools are easily and inexpensively available at any craft store.
Additional Tools for Working with Wire
|Flat Nose Pliers: These pliers have a flat grip and a relatively wider nose. They are helpful for holding work flat or smoothing a kink in wire.
|Wire Cutters: Easily cut your wire. Look for angled cutters that allow you to get a precise cut.
|Needle Nose Pliers: These pliers are tapered at the end. They are good for getting into smaller places that into which the flat nose pliers can't squeeze. It is also useful to have two pliers on hand since some operations, such as making dangles, are much easier to do with a pliers in each hand.
|Round Nose Pliers: Round nose pliers are necessary for making loops - a quintessential wire working operation.