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Prym Vario Pliers Set Review by Emma

Welcome ladies and gentlemen. On today’s exiting instalment of ‘Crafty Clyde tries to work stuff’ – today’s episode is brought to you by the letters W, T and F.        

Minerva Crafts very kindly sent over this Prym Vario Pliers Set for me to try out – I do love a tool kit. This kit contains everything you will ever need to make holes, puncture, eyelet, snap fasten and generally squeeze stuff for the rest of your life.

It comes in a rather wonderful little carry case that opens like a briefcase full of metallic dreams. Together with some ‘instructions’ there are the pliers themselves, four different kinds of fastenings – eyelets, jersey fasteners, ‘anorak’ which I THINK is your normal kind of press fasteners and ‘camping’ from what I can tell is heavy duty snap fastenings like on outdoor coats and tents. I apologize if that is incorrect however I did struggle with the translations and instructions in the box. As each fastening has 4 corresponding components and 2 or 3 different plier accessories, the paperwork became a little unclear on what to use for which fastening. 

After an initial and completely unwarranted panic* of ‘how in the £$%$ do I use this!’ and a mislaid sense of intimidation by so very many ‘bits’ to YouTube I did go….

Hole Punch
Let’s first take a look at how to punch a hole for a fastening or eyelet. This first basic set comes in the top right-hand corner of the kit together with what looks like a small purple chameleon. 

The conical metal attachment is the punch and the barrel is what you press into. Attach these accessories by simply pressing them into the pliers. Mark where you want your hole to be and go for it. It didn’t actually require much pressure at all to cut through this thick twill fabric and form a very neat hole.

It turns out the purple thing is used to press the metal accessories out of the pliers – although getting them out was not all that easy and I did have to pull and wiggle at them for a while. I think these will loosen with time.

N.B that after a bit of faffing around it was way easier to just push the little beasties out with the metal pin that keeps the pliers together in the box.

The purple thing also lets your pliers chill out while you try and figure out the next steps…

Next up is the normal snap fasteners. The accessories for this are the big flat plastic surface and the pointed metal one. (I need to give these names…. Jeff? Gina?). These accommodate the outer side of the fastener like so…

Centre the fastener points on the hole punch you made then squeeze the pliers. This takes significantly more pressure to get it to squash the metal and create a secure closure. But damn it looks good.

Swap accessories for the smaller squashy one and inverted plate and you can attach the other side of the fastener in one easy swoop. This one felt really satisfying for some reason!

There we go – the male and female parts of the fastener are all done and look great. Now isn’t that better than button holing…… 

*It turns out there is absolute logic to this kit – I’m not sure why I had the earlier panic about it as after making the first couple of steps it all made sense. The box works left to right. The plier attachments are below the appropriate fastener and run in order of how you use them! Genius! Prym obviously did not bank on my hazy brain catching on slowly, but it got there in the end at least.

This is a weird one. It uses 2 seemingly identical accessories for the pliers, however, the lower one is slightly bigger. Initially, the fastening parts all looked the same as well until I realized there were more buried under a layer of plastic in the tray of the toolbox. Keep digging people. 

First off put a spiky circle on the lower accessory and a male popper on the upper part. These should click right in there and hold nicely. 

Also, there is no need to hole punch jersey! (I definitely didn’t do that…definitely). 

Press! Et voila. Half a snap fastener.

The other half consists of another spiky metal circle on the lower plier and a flat female popper clicked into the upper plier. Press! All done.
Getting cocky with the plier skills at this point we turn to eyelets. ‘Oesen’ if you will. You’ll first need to punch the holes for where they are intended. The eyelets in the kit are ‘mini’ eyelets and only consist of one part and 2 accessories. The eyelet sits in the lower plastic holder, place it through the hole, then the top gets squashed against the metal upper and fixes into place. 

This again required quite a lot of force and the back was not all that neat – but it works. 

Some of the bigger eyelets available have 2 parts for a neat finish so you will need to buy the eyelet pack that has the correct size plier attachments included if you’re going ‘off kit’. 

I have no idea when I will personally be making anything camping related and I certainly wouldn’t trust a homemade tent of my creation, however, I then realized that this might be the sort of thing that goes on coats and the Kelly Anorak pattern? Anyway, let’s try!

I couldn’t find much guidance on this one so winging it is the way forward. The fasteners look pretty large so hole punches were made and there are only 2 plier accessories so in they go. This is very much like the regular snap fasteners, so you need the flat outer piece on the smooth plastic.

The lower part of the fastener uses the male piece that has no markings on the smooth plastic. These kept falling off the accessories, so it was easy to just manually push the pieces through the fabric, stack them up then use the pliers to squeeze together. Really hard.

Ta daaaaa – ‘camping’.

Bonus Round
This thing is amazing – endless fastenings and embellishments for your projects that can be finished in a ‘snap’. (Groan.) It can also do jeans buttons, rivets and studs! Not to mention there’s now an array of novelty shapes and multi-coloured fastenings available. What a gadget for a sewing arsenal!
I expect my next few projects will all be using snap fasteners…. It’s the new button dontcha know.
Thanks for reading,
Emma @ Crafty Clyde

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