When you need a pair of Bonsai Jin Pliers
A good pair of Bonsai Jin Pliers is not one of the first tools I would recommend you purchase. There are a lot of workarounds and other tools that can be used in place of Bonsai Jin Pliers.
A jin is one of the first bonsai deadwood techniques that most people learn. It is by far the easiest. When you want to artificially make a tree seem older or affected by the weather. A jin is a good choice.
To create a jin, you crush the tip of a branch and then strip the bark and wood back until the branch looks like it was broken by natural causes. Finally, coat the bare wood with lime-sulfur or wood hardener.
Below are a few bonsai jin pliers that range in price from beginner level to advanced.
My favorite tool to use before I had a pair of bonsai jin pliers was some needle-nosed vice grips. They had the power to crush wood and could be locked on for tearing and pulling.
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