Recently, a friend of mine was raving about memory wire shears, so I had to give them a try, and I have to say, "Wow! What a difference!" Not only do you get a great, clean cut on your wire, it really is effortless. Since many jewelry makers eventually have problems with their hands, this is a big plus. And, of course, you won't have to worry about ruining your good cutters.
I got my shears from Beadalon ®, but they are available from just about any vendor that sells beading supplies and tools. I've seen the price vary, but they retail for about $30. If you enjoy working with memory wire, then you should consider investing in a pair of shears. It will save your cutters, and also relieve any hand-strain you've had in the past when cutting memory wire.
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