To achieve this result:
What you’ll need (aside from your pliers & a jar of Tool Magic):
- Something you can use to stir the Tool Magic (I usually use the free chopsticks I get from Chinese takeaways)
- Some napkins
- Something to prop your pliers on while you wait for the coat(s) of Tool Magic to dry (I usually use a mug, but anything that can hold your pliers upright will do)
Stir the Tool Magic slowly but thoroughly
I want to waste as little Tool Magic as possible, so I use the edge of its jar to put it back into its container
Don’t toss the chopstick yet. You’ll need it to stir the Tool Magic one more time when you apply the second coating
Clean your pliers to make sure that it’s free of oil or other kinds of residue
Dip the front tips of your pliers* into the rubber coating at a 90-degree angle for approximately one second.
*Approx. 1/2″ to 3/4″ (1.5 – 2 cm)
Remove the pliers – still at a 90-degree angle – from the jar
Prop the pliers at an upright angle and wait for the first rubber coating to dry.
>> This is how it looks like when the rubber coating is still wet <<
Wait for about 45 minutes to an hour
>>> This is how it looks like when the first coating has dried <<<
Apply the second coating
( Remember to stir the Tool Magic before you dip the tips of your pliers into it for the second time )
Once again, prop you pliers at an upright angle & wait for at least 4 hours before you use them. I, however, usually let them to dry overnight before I use the pliers again.
[ This blog post is a part of my Intro to ChainMaille Jewelry Making series ]