For delicate tasks, sometimes normal pliers are too abusive to use; their teeth mark up soft items and chip paint. Teeth-less pliers are so smooth they can't hold anything very well, it will just slide right out.
The answer: soft-jaw pliers. If you have a old pair of annoying pliers that don't work well for your needs, add some Sugru and make them great!
If you like this project, please consider voting for it in the Sugru Contest. Voting begins Oct. 10th. Thanks!