What Are Tongs Used for in Jewelry Making?

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copper tongs

Tongs are needed to remove soldered items from the pickle. Copper tongs are needed if your pickle solution is sodium bicarbonate based (Sparex #2). Metal tongs of a metal other than copper will react with the pickle and contaminate the item being pickled.

Amazon and Gesswein have copper tongs for sale on their websites.

Copper Jewelry Tongs Recommendations

PhotoNameTop Reviews on Amazon
Copper Tongs, 8-...image Copper Tongs, 8- 1/2 Curved "They are COPPER TONGS. They are nice and long for deeper solutions, they grip well and are far better than the wood chopsticks I had been using. Might have to buy another pair. If I had to give one negative it would be that they are not spread very wide.... maybe 1/4 inch but this could be good or bad depending on your application."read more
Copper Tongs, Curved,...image Copper Tongs, Curved, 8-1/2 Inches

"These tongs are wonderful. I'm using them quite a bit in heating copper pieces for use in quilts. I was interested to know just how far down the stem to the handle the copper tongs would heat up and whether or not I could hold them with my bare hands while using the propane torch to heat copper pieces. Answer: Bare hands are fine for me. The copper heating process is a quick one, albeit repetitive with water baths. The tongs remain cool in my hand. Great product/tool; reasonably priced." read more

SE 9 SE 9" Copper Tongs - 545TW"The rivets are nice and heavy. The copper is heavy enough gauge for the job. No foreseeable problems with these."read more

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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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