June 24, 2013

GIVEAWAY! 3-pack of Tronex Tools

~~~~~~~~~~~~ This giveaway is now closed. Click HERE to see who won! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

It's another Beaducation giveaway! This time it's TOOLS!

And not just any tools -- these are high-quality Tronex pliers and cutters! We have a three-pack of Tronex tools in a handy leather carrying case for one lucky winner! This prize pack is worth $160!

This set includes:
   Long Chain Nose Pliers
   Long Round Nose Pliers
   Razor Flush Cutter
   Leather Carrying Case



Here's how to enter! Each task gets you one entry; do them all and your name is in the proverbial hat three times!

1 - Leave a comment on this blog post letting us know what your first set of pliers was. 
2 - Leave a comment on the giveaway post on our Facebook page. 
3 - Follow us on Instagram and repost the picture, tagging #BeaducationGiveaway

We will announce our randomly selected winner on Friday, June 28. Good luck! 

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Roxane said...

Having Tronex envy...

AlexG said...
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AlexG said...

Something rusty I found in my dad's toolbox :)

Missing Ian said...

My first set was from a local craft store. Not great quality, but enough to get me hooked :). Would LOVE to win these!!!!!!

JoyfulMuse said...

My first tools weren't even a set - just the cheapest I could find. I still have them. I use them to teach friends who want to get in on the beady fun.

Gill said...

Most of my tools are very basic so I would love an upgrade :). I hear Tronex are fab. Thanks for the giveaway.

Cathy said...

I don't know what brand they were but they were flat nose from a bead store.

Unknown said...

I took some of my husband's tools, he rarely uses them.

randa trella said...

Cheap ones of course. replaced as needed. I'm ready for another upgrade.

Joanne said...

Mine were cheap, purchased from a craft store. Tronex tools are fantastic and I would love to own these!

Unknown said...

My First Set of pliers were from the craft store cheap!! These are awesome pliers. I would love to have them all.

Judy said...

My first pair was a cheap set from a craft store. My hands were aching and I had a dent in my palm where the handles dug in. Not pretty.

Kathy said...

My first set - some set from Michaels !

Linda G said...

My first set of pliers were from Beadsmith. I still have them and still use them occasionally.

mzzkittykatz said...

myfirst set of pliers were a cheap set from Harbor Freight.

Anonymous said...

My first set of pliers to start my jewelry adventure were from my dads garage! Covered in grease and dinged and rust... But it was a start and now 40 years later I realize the importance of a great set of tools!

Anonymous said...

mine were from rip grande. nice but would love love love this Tronex set !!!! I have the short flush cutters purchased from beaducation and I love them!!! love beaducation!!! my fave site! heidi Gerencer

Unknown said...

My first set of pliers was a replacement for the individual pliers my husband had manage to misplace over a couple of years. They were kobalt and from Lowe's. I still use several of them but have supplemented with Tronex cutters.

Laura said...

My first set of pliers were from my local craft store, nothing fancy. It was waaaaaay before I really and truly got hooked into jewelry making, metal stamping, etc. I have since purchased some better supplies but am in great need of a new set of cutters especially! :) :) :) :)

evalley said...

I think my first pair was BeadSmith? Got them to do chain maille. I love my Tronex flush cutters and would LOVE this set!

Kelly said...

My first set of pliers were heirloom pliers used by my Nono to make the aviary for my None to raise canaries. So much history in using them.

Anonymous said...

My first of pliers were Beadsmith which I still use. I have some Tronex pliers, they are great. I would love to win this set. Thank you for the opportunity.

sunflwr1 said...

I'm new to jewelry making, but I have pliers for other uses that I bought at Harbor Freight Tools. The Tronex pliers sound like a real dream!

MamaDokes said...

My first set of tools were from Walmart! My mom bought me a Groupon for a Foundations class and 5 months later I was working there and have been for the past 18months! Who would have known?!?!

esbeads said...

I started with the tools that came in some kits. A new set would be great as I am usually working on several projects at once.

Cecille said...

My first pliers was a very inexpensive set of four or five I purchased at a bead store. They got me started and, believe it or not, held up pretty well. I've added a couple of quality pliers to the mix--big difference. I'd love to give my old set to my granddaughters and add the Tronex.

Cecille said...

I purchased an inexpensive set of four or five pliers at a bead shop several years ago. They got me started (hooked!) and, believe it or not, held up pretty well. I'd love to give them to my granddaughters and add Tronex to my collection of tools. Thanks for the opportunity!

Unknown said...

I have a Tronex cutter and they are great. The set would be a fabulous addition to any person's workbench.
Maryellen K

Bandon, Oregon said...

I would be in Heaven to win a set. I'm starting out and picking up things here and there... it's overwhelming what is out there to choose from... so to win a great set would be awesome... Thanks so much for the chance....

Faith

Anonymous said...

My first pliers were Lindstrom. I had my first jewelry class and the teacher said to buy the best tools you could afford. I would sure love this set of tools.

Marcy Antle
queenmarcy@bellsouth.net

Unknown said...

My first pliers came from Michaels or AC Moore, but my very first great set were the Lindstrom in the grey and blue. I still love them for delicate work, for heavier wire work I love my Wubbers.

Belinda said...

My first pair of pliers was a pink 'craft store' set. Although I still have them, they're not the greatest. I use them for back-up pliers now.

luann thomas said...

Love these

Anonymous said...

My first set of pliers I bought from Home Depot but I don't remember the names.

michellaneous said...

My first set of pliers were from a no name brand long before I knew that there is a big difference in quality among tools.

Charlee said...

My first set of pliers was a gift from a jeweler friend - very nice German pliers.

A. Barrett said...

My first set of tools were Craftsman from Sears. I even managed to find some without teeth. I would definitely like to upgrade my tools.

Nikki said...

Hiya :o)
My first pair were cheapo ones from a big box craft store (you know the one). Could really use some good ones :o)
Woohoo...
Fingers crossed!

winfree said...

My first pair of pliers were cheepies from the hardware store. I have upgraded somewhat since then but not to the degree of the Tronext Tools...what a luxury that would be!!!

Polly said...

I began my beading journey after being turned on to sea glass on my 60th birthday :) Like many others, I began teething on a set from Michaels. I have not upgraded because I have been investing in beads and wire and now, thanks to Ann and Beaducation, I am hooked on metal! I have researched Tronex and they sound like the ultimate in serious tools....therefore, I am throwing my old hat into the ring!

Heather said...

Cheapies from the big box craft store!

Laura said...

I have Lindstrom pliers but these ones feel better in my hand. I would love to have these instead and then give my other ones to someone who likes them more than I do.

Debboe Bacca said...

My first set of pliers were Lindstroms purchased for a wireworking class and recommended byt he instructor.

Anonymous said...

It would be great to win an excellent quality set of pliers. My first ones were from my husband's workshop!

Anonymous said...

Gosh, I hate to admit it, but they were small and very inexpensive and from one of the big craft places. My thought at the time was to "give it a try", not invest much in case it wasn't for me. Well, it's hard to work with small, cheap tools, but I knew right away it was another thing that I HAD to keep doing!! I have better tools now, but I'd like to kick it up to some GREAT ones :)

Unknown said...

My very first set of pliers came off of a $1.00 table at a flea market :/ actually still have and use them for practice.

Nancy said...

My first pliers were a set purchased at a bead show. The quality was not great and I replaced them with better ones when taking a jewellery class. Now I could use some really good ones like Tronex.

Alyson said...

Got them 17 years ago they have red handles and where made in Germany.

Rorolee said...

My very first were, um, borrowed from Dad's work bench!

Cinnamon Jewellery said...

Like a lot of other jewellery makers my first set of pliers was a fairly cheap set I bought from various sites then I treated myself to a couple of Lindstrom pliers :D

The Tronex set do look lovely!

Silver Bee said...

I was about to take a class in wire wrapping and had no idea about what to buy so I went to a craft store and bought an inexpensive set...I mean what's the difference really? I laugh when I think of that first set and my attitude. It's changed now because I understand the value of a good set of pliers and cutters.

Susan Waddel said...

My first pliers were from Beadsmith and the handles were zebra striped and too big for my small hands. What did I know back then?!!

Susan Waddel said...

My first pliers were from Beadsmith and the handles were zebra striped and too big for my small hands. What did I know back then?!!

Sarah :o) said...

Cheapies from Walmart!

Sara Dinelli said...

My first pliers were from my dad, but neither of us understood that tools with teeth are not right for jewelry making. He got them from the hardware store because years ago there was no Internet and no "bead section" at the local craft store. I didn't mind, I was just glad he was excited about my interests.

Jamie G. said...

My first set was from Sears-4 for $10! About 10 years ago!

Kathy said...

I purchased my first "set" of tools piecemeal! I bought them as I found I needed them from where ever I was at the time. I still use most of them, and haven't upgraded, so would love to get these

Anonymous said...

I purchased my first "set" of tools piecemeal as I found I needed them. I still have most of them, and would love to upgrade to this set

Shelly said...

Mine were also some very cheap ones from a local craft store. I'm slowly buying great ones though :)

Beaver Island Jewelry said...

Some cheapie pliers, don't even know the name!

lexi said...

Oh man, I think my first pliers were from my parents tool box, I just made them work, and I tortured my wire like crazy. But my first purchased set was a cheapy three plier set from bead smith. Oh the miles I walked cheap tools! Not sure why it took me so long to buy myself quality tools.

Unknown said...

My first set was the no name dollar ones from Walmart that i had at the house, then the cheapest set from hobby lobby

Karenha said...

I have never had a set. I use miscellaneous tools I have picked up mostly from craft stores. I would love a nice set.

Michelle Gray said...

My first set was not a set but some cheapo miss matched junky pliers from the big craft stores - using a coupon of course. I did finally invest in a nice set, but I'd love a nice new set that's not all beat up like my daily use Lindstrom. Thanks for the opportunity.

Sarah said...

I had a cheapie hardware set...happily moved up, but can never have enough tools!

Unknown said...

My first set were cheapy, no-name but I still have them all these years later.

Anonymous said...

Mine were from a mall hobby store in 1969, I'm sure many of you weren't even born then!
I still have them, just for the memories of all I made with them.
I would love to own this set...

Tracey said...

I bought the bead shoppe set, not great for large hands. I haven't tried Tronext yet, maybe they would fit my grip better.

Tracey

robin dudley-howes said...

My first set that I still have are Lindstrom.

Jennie L. said...

My first tools were from my husband. I would love a new set of pliers!!!!

Shel said...

I had a manicure set I used to use when I started out because I couldn't find any tools, but my first complete set of jewelry tools were (and still is) German made WireMasters from the Bead Factory (Mark Lareau). But I've had my eye on some Tronex for quite some time,...these would be heaven!

Barbara said...

What a wonderful giveaway. This would be better than winning the lottery, I would not have to share the tools could be all mine
Lady Faith Jewelry

PatrĂ­cia Teixeira said...

Mine were really cheap, and not that good. But i still use them though...

ElisabethSpace said...

My first set of pliers wasn't even a set. It was just a round nose and a flat nose that bought very cheaply at a hardware store. Needless to say, I soon realized I needed something with a bit more precision rather quickly. :)

Foster and Malone said...

Boy could I use some new tools. These looks awesome!!!

plcpeggy said...

I bought some beautiful chain nose pliers from a local jewelry shop and cutters which I still use today (10 yrs later).

Unknown said...

My first set of tools was an inexpensive set from the craft store. They did the job, but made my hands hurt. After I decided I was serious about making jewelry, I upgraded and bought some Lindstrom pliers... Wow what a difference a good set makes. Now I can work for hours with no pain! I have been wanting to add some Tronex pieces and was just looking at your site the other day to get a range of options! Good luck to all!

bluejeannes said...

As I didn't know if I wanted to do much jewelry making or not, I just used the pliers I already had—from my woodworking shop. Kinda clunky for jewelry though....

Terry's Treasures said...

My first tools were generic. I don't think that had a brand. I'm sorry but I don't have a smart phone, nor do I use Instagram. I guess that disqualifies me from the contest. What a shame!

Thornton's Well said...

A made in china pair of long nose from Michael's.
Thanks!

Flowers and Lace said...

I didn't want to spend much, at first. They were a cheap set from Joann's.

fiberdance said...

My first pliers were regular needle nose from Ace Hardware-many moons ago...

Flowers and Lace said...

I didn't want to spend much, at first. They were a cheap set from Joann's.

Anonymous said...

My first tool set was purchased from a guy selling tools and whatnot at the flea market.

Mona said...

Actually they were cheap and not very good, sometimes they needed extra effort to get the job done.

Linda Landig said...

My first pliers were inexpensive ones from the craft store. I didn't know what I was doing so they were fine for a beginner. I'd love to have a tronex set now!!!

Unknown said...

My dad got me a great set of tools from Edmund Scientific for Christmas one year. I still have most of them.

Jamie Spires said...

My first pair of pliers was some cheapie set of pliers from Walmart or maybe a craft store. Then I got a set of Craftsman pliers that were nice but the handles weren't long enough...so I upgraded to Wubbers and I like them, but Tronex would be wonderful!

Kathie Condon said...

My first set was pretty good. I bought the most inexpensive ones I could find at Fire Moutain Gems.

Recycled Rita said...

I have not purchased any pliers yet, I am just learning and have used my friends who teaches...I would love to win these so I can actually do more! thanks for the opportunity!
karen....

Anonymous said...

I would love to replace my old sorry tools. Thank you for your generosity.
SusanIrene

Xazmin said...

Cheap set of pink handled pliers from Walmart!

Carolyn said...

My first set of pliers was not even a set! I bought a pair of needle nose pliers and a wire cutter at the hardware store, and added the cheapest round nose pliers from the craft store. The ones you have in this giveaway are much nicer.

Anonymous said...

My first set were inexpensive-purchased at Michael's. Would love to have these!

Lori (feedabeadneed) said...

My first set of pliers (and cutters) was a Craftsman set of electonics tools - needle nose, snub-nose, dikes, and end nippers. Went well with my Radio Shack soldering iron. Can't believe I actually made decent-looking jewelry with those.

Blake, Carrie and Taylor said...

My first & only set is Sears Craftsman. Would love to have the Tronex! Thank kyou!!

Unknown said...

My first pair is my only pair,purchased from a bead store when I lived in Eugene, OR. I took a bead class there in 2000, right before my daughter was born. I would say the quality is medium. Would love to experience "quality"!

Kat Luck said...

Ha! First set was too long ago to remember! May have been several borrowed tools from Dads tool bench in the garage!! Regular bulky pliers, a screwdriver, wrench, regular hammer. Seems like the fingernails and teeth came in handy a lot!

Stephanie said...

I don't have any pliers yet, as I'm just getting started.

Stephanie said...

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Chardie said...

I don't rember what they were. I do know that they were probably the cheapest . However I do rember my first pair of Tronex they were for chainmail. They are my pavorite pair.

Unknown said...

A set of 4 "fine detail" pliers by Craftsman. I still have them in the original zipper case. Didn't know that serrated jaws are not good for fine silver until after I enrolled in metalsmithing classes years later. Ahh....the memories!

Norma's Nook LLC said...

Bottom line. I need these so bad. They look like awesome, comfortable tools.

Unknown said...

My first set was from the garage- pretty rough and liable to mark the wire pretty good! I then bought an inexpensive set from the craft store locally. It works better but cramps the hands!

freddie said...

My first set of pliers was a cheap, cheap pair my husband didn't want because they were cheap and so he gave them to me. dwelchert at yahoo dot com

Save Me said...

My first set of pliers which are the ones that I still am currently using was the cheapest mini three pack I could afford at Michael's. I'm not sure the brand but I know they are just a cheapie brand.

lebogal said...

My first set of pliers came from a hardware store. They had ridges on the inside and scratched everything they touched.

Unknown said...

My first set was a mini set from Michaels! At my first class he instructor actually laughed at me:)

Sally Anderson said...

My first set of pliers will be this one, I hope. I've just bought random pieces, not sets in the past but always want these!!!

Blake, Carrie and Taylor said...

I would love the tools! I only have cast-offs from my husband, no brand name on them. What does that tell you?!?

Stacia Sauerwein said...

i actually still have my first set of pliers - just some cheapies with orange vinyl handles from the craft store. this set looks like it might spoil someone!

jcase66451 said...

Mine were from Michaels with a coupon....love these!

Anonymous said...

I don't have a set of pliers yet.

Anonymous said...

My first set is a one I got with a coupon from Michaels. Time for an upgrade.

pbandyo @ hotmail.com

Vicki Watson said...

My first pair were my dads long nose toothed pliers which I wrapped in electrical tape so I wouldn't mar the metal!

Unknown said...

My first set of pliers I borrowed from my step dad when I first started doing metalwork. It was a pair of his older ones he had in a toolbox, of course I had no idea what to use when I first started. But they got the job done!

Alicia said...

Mine was a cheap set probably from Michaels. Still using it, while working my way to more ergonomic pliers :)

NalaKabala said...

30 years ago my father bought me several pairs of German pliers for my metalsmithing classes at VCU. I still use them. I have used the Tronex and I must say - they rock!

Mary said...

My first set was so cheap, but I thought I was so cool that I had my own set! :)

Unknown said...

My first pair of pliers were a cheep pair of round nose pliers I bought from Michaels Arts and Craft store. The kind with the pink grips. I know a lot of you know what kind I'm talking about.

Judi Robinson said...

My first and only set are from my local craft store. Would love to try these!

Tammy M. said...

Generic pliers with purple handles.

Unknown said...

My first set of tools was bought at a bead show locally. Nice little no-name set in a little zippered case.

Sharon said...

I bought a cheap set at Walmart to see I was any good at making jewelry. They served the purpose but did not last long.

Anonymous said...

My first pair was a cheap craft store pliers.

Tafurious said...

My first set of pliers came from my grandmother, who was also a jewelry maker. I still have them and use them religiously- 90+ year old pliers and they work like a charm. Plus, they have good ancestor mojo. ;)

Reckless Beading said...

My first pliers were borrowed from my husband's set of electronic tools. Then I graduated to Beadmsith tools and up to Lindstom, thanks to the help of the Beaducation ladies.

Belle West said...

My first set of tools were the little red slippery handled pliers you find at the hardware or local craft store, and then I got some Swanstrom from Rio Grande. Love those babies. Heard Tronex was the shizz. Would love to have these. Thanks for the opportunity!!

Buffy said...

When I was 8 years old I pulled a pair of needle nose pliers out of my dad's tool box. They were anything but needle nose, but I managed to do everything with those pliers. Despite their size and my age all my creations were amazing...just ask my mom.

EP Starling said...

My first pliers were a cheap set I bought at a craft store, and I've been trying to find a way to replace them ever since--this would be the perfect way to fix that problem!

EP Starling said...

My first pliers were a cheap set I bought at a craft store, and I've been trying to find a way to replace them ever since--this would be the perfect way to fix that problem!

Unknown said...

My first set of pliers were from Michael's. Can't complain since they really got me started.

Linda A said...

I have no idea what the name if the set I have now (1st set) Love the Tronex set!

Kay said...

I have nooooooooo idea what the name of my tools were but they were cheap from a craft store. No way were they were anything close to these darling tools!!! Thanks for the chance!!!!!!

PA said...

Would LOVE to have this prize!

Paula L Michalowski said...

My first tools were From Sears and out of my dads toolbox, I added tools from several craft stores, Home Depot, Lowes, Jos. A. Stachura and several online sites such as yours over the years. I would love to add Tronex tools to my collection.

dolphinlover said...

my first tools were a cheap set from Sears, can you believe it! would love this set!!! :)

JessiKay said...

My first pair I inherited from my father. They were a rusty old set with gnarly teeth. Not the best set, but they were better than nothing. I still have them, somewhere...

Simone Marie said...

I bought a pair of these (round nose) They are the best. Ever! And would really, really like to have this whole set! Just sayin!!

Pam Trump said...

My first set of pliers were from Michaels craft store but I quickly purchased Tronex pliers and love them. I love my Tronex cutter too and want to purchase the bent nose type that cuts really close. If I won one of those - you'd be forever THE BOMB in my book! Whoo Whoo

Henrietta Foster said...

I used to work as an electronic technician. My first set of pliers (and the ones I still use today) were the pliers I used in that work! I really need a new set!

Joyann said...

My first pliers were a used set I bought from ebay with purple handles. One pair of pliers has a broken spring and don't stay open. I actually still use them when I'm really desperate. This is a fun way to get a new set of pliers. Thanks! :)

Karla said...

My first set was a couple of rusty needle nose pliers from the toolbox in the basement.

Christine said...

I found my first set of pliers in my husband's toolbox. They were old and chewed up, but I taped the jaws with duct tape so they wouldn't mar my wire.

Amy said...

My first set were made in Pakistan and very inexpensive and cheap. I gave them to my son. I have upgraded to middle of the road tools but not as nice as Tronext.

Unknown said...

My first pliers were a big pair of needle nose pliers I "borrowed" from my husband's tool box. ;) I am still using them & could REALLY use a set intended for wire wrapping and beading.
*Sara*

Elaine said...

i don't have any pliers!

Susan A. said...

My first pliers were from my husband's tool box! I would love a set of Tronex tools! thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win!

Unknown said...

My first pliers were a partially rusty chain nose I took from my dad's work bench. I was trying to "squish" my necklace together so it would stay on. I still have them - though my dad is gone and I never use them anymore.

I'd love to have the set - they are gorgeous!!!

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