My New Toy..uh…Tool

I just treated myself to a new jewelry tool – a bracelet mandrel.  So what’s the big deal you say?

Well, up till now, whenever I made a wire or fold formed bracelet of copper sheet, I used glass bottles, a marble rolling pin or anything solid with a round or oval  cylindrical shape.  Not only is this a bit awkward to manipulate, but hammering it was another problem.  After achieving the rounded shape, I still had to squish it all my (feeble) strength into an oval with my hands and flat nose pliers.

Isn’t she lovely! – my stainless steel, step, oval, bracelet mandrel

Now with my handy, dandy, stainless steel, step bracelet mandrel I can form bracelets and hammer them on one tool.  Best of all, the steps enable me to create consistent sizes and I can do this faster and less painfully – my poor hands!  Did I mention it is oval!!!

I purchased this stainless steel beauty from FDJ Tools, which I love for their great prices and awesomely fast shipping (and the little candies they throw in).

Wow, I should have bought one years ago!!

Wire bracelet made with my new toy – all the same size!

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About zoraidabros

I'm Zoraida and I design and create handmade, one of a kind jewelry. My work is inspired by the art of ancient world cultures that have endured the shifting trends of fashion. I prefer to work in copper and semi precious gemstones but also appreciate fine lamp work beads, wood and other artistically crafted materials. Please visit my studio at http://zoraida.artfire.com and my website at http://zoraidajewelry.com
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6 Responses to My New Toy..uh…Tool

  1. Diane says:

    So happy you have found this tool to assist you! Isn’t it funny how we tend to do things the hard way? It’s great when we can cut our time and difficulty level! Happy bracelet-making! ^_^

  2. Tela says:

    Wish I knew you needed one, I have the same one and I have never used it. I thought if I got one, I would be more motivated to do bracelets. Nope. I’ll just admire yours instead. 🙂

    • zoraidabros says:

      Thanks Tela. It’s so nice of you! I tend to work with bare essentials using “tools” I can come up with around me. It gets expensive buying supplies alone so I can only treat myself on rare occasions. I’m too practical. You would make some awesome bracelets incorporating your incredible wire wrapped stones! I can almost visualize them now.

  3. What fun you must be having playing (working) with your new toy (tool) 🙂 Look forward to your new creations!

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