Saturday, June 27, 2009
Tool Magic is a product that I've been using for years, but it's not a very glamorous element in the world of jewelry design. According to the label, it's a "heavy duty flexible rubber coating".
Adding this coating to the jaws of your pliers will prevent those nasty tool marks that can be so difficult to avoid and impossible to remove. I use it on only one tool: my bent nose pliers. When applied correctly, Tool Magic gives a thin coating, which only slightly affects my ability to do very fine wire work.
Stir it thoroughly. For this task, I use a wooden skewer. The blue rubber will build up after many uses. You'll know when it's time to get a new skewer.
Slowly dip your partially opened pliers into the jar. Slowly remove them and allow the excess to drip off. There won't be much excess.
Allow the pliers to dry for 2-3 hours.
Seal the jar tightly, making sure that there is no blue stuff stuck in the threads of the lid or the jar. This will make removing the lid a very difficult task indeed. You can guess how I know that.
Store the jar upside down. This will help prevent any air from entering the jar. Exposure to air will render this stuff useless. It becomes thick and hard to apply in the desired thin layer. It can still be used when it begins to thicken, however. When this happens, I use the skewer and a piece of cardstock to spread it on the pliers instead of using the dip method. At some point, it will become so thick as to be impossible to apply in any manner. That's when I throw it away and purchase a new jar. This can take up to 2 years.
This product is useful indeed. I always have a jar on hand and I know I can always purchase a new one at one of my local bead stores, Alaska Bead Company.