What Is a Third Hand Used for in Jewelry Making?

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The third hand is an indispensable tool for securing items while they are soldered. The weighted base serves as an anchor while the hinged joint secures the interlocking tweezers in place with a tightening screw. The interlocking tweezers hold the item until you squeeze them to release it. This frees you to use both hands while soldering just as if you had a third hand!

Amazon and Gesswein both have them on their websites. Some third hands use alligator clips, however, these are not nearly as secure as the locking tweezers.

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Megan Coward, Graduate Jeweler Gemologist, GIA, Graduate Gemologist

Megan Coward is a graduate of the GIA with Graduate Jeweler Gemologist and Graduate Gemologist accreditations. She has 20+ years in the retail jewelry industry in various roles including as a diamond buyer and gemstone appraiser.

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