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Giving a new purpose to old cross-lock tweezers

By Helen I. Driggs

At the end of every semester of my jewelry classes, I always thoroughly clean the student soldering station and often discover a supply of cross-lock tweezers that have become warped, annealed, rusted, bent, deformed, or otherwise ready to recycle. This is one of my favorite ways to repurpose a tool while creating a useful modification that is a big help during precision soldering, specifically when joining thin wires and earring posts vertically.