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How to Coat Pliers with Tool Magic

To achieve this result:

How to cover pliers with tool magic Tutorial Covering Pliers with ToolMagic

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How to cover pliers with tool magic Tutorial Covering Pliers with ToolMagic

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)

Steps:

1.

How to cover pliers with tool magic Tutorial Covering Pliers with ToolMagic

Stir the Tool Magic slowly but thoroughly

2.

How to cover pliers with tool magic Tutorial Covering Pliers with ToolMagic

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

3.

How to cover pliers with tool magic Tutorial Covering Pliers with ToolMagic

Don’t toss the chopstick yet. You’ll need it to stir the Tool Magic one more time when you apply the second coating

4.

How to cover pliers with tool magic Tutorial Covering Pliers with ToolMagic

Clean your pliers to make sure that it’s free of oil or other kinds of residue

5.

How to cover pliers with tool magic Tutorial Covering Pliers with ToolMagic

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)

6.

How to cover pliers with tool magic Tutorial Covering Pliers with ToolMagic

Remove the pliers – still at a 90-degree angle – from the jar

7.

How to cover pliers with tool magic Tutorial Covering Pliers with ToolMagic

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 <<

8.

How to cover pliers with tool magic Tutorial Covering Pliers with ToolMagic

Wait for about 45 minutes to an hour
>>> This is how it looks like when the first coating has dried <<<

9.

How to cover pliers with tool magic Tutorial Covering Pliers with ToolMagic

Apply the second coating
( Remember to stir the Tool Magic before you dip the tips of your pliers into it for the second time )

How to cover pliers with tool magic Tutorial Covering Pliers with ToolMagic

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 ]

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