Monday, April 4, 2011

Favorite Tool - Bracelet Mandrel


A bracelet mandrel is essential for making bangles. As I showed in a earlier blog post I solder my bangles and after that they are not round. They are then hammered on this wonderful tool! I clamp it into a vise, slide on the "not round" bangle to the stepped section that it fits on and hammer away. This photo shows a round one, I also have a oval one. I like the stepped sections, the bangles seem to sit better on them than they do on a tapered mandrel. It's heavy so watch you don't drop it on your toes!

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9 comments:

AMDesignsbyAngela said...

I don't have a bracelet mandrel...I use a baseball bat. However, I do like the idea of having stepped sizes rather than using a taper...hmmm...where's my wish list?

FeatheredGems said...

I have both the round and oval stepped mandrels. I love them. I also got a mandrel holder from Stachura Co. It bolts to the bench and holds the mandrel base in a horizontal position--very helpful.

Ava said...

I too do not have a bracelet mandrel, but am hoping to replace my ax handle with one soon.

EleganceandSparkles said...

I have a stepped oval mandrel and love it. It's an essential tool.

mcstoneworks said...

Very cool tool, Nicole. I too use a bat or ax handle.

Jeanne/J3Jewelry said...

Baseball bat or bracelet mandrel, hard to decide. Either way, it's something to add to my wish list! :)

BeadSire said...

Such a cool tool, one on my must have list.

DawninCal said...

Someday...

I have to admit I'm loving the mental images I'm getting of you talented ladies using a baseball bat or ax handle to form cuffs!

Bonnie said...

This is a great tool. Mine is tapered smoothly. I like the idea of steps.