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.
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!!