In whatever kinds of things you make or materials you work in, there is always a huge assortment of tools to choose from.
There are basic tools, specialized tools, cheap tools, expensive tools, tools you don’t need, and tools you can’t live without.
Many of us who are makers are also tool junkies.
I find it so fun and satisfying to discover a new tool and find all sorts of creative ways to use it!
In today’s video you will learn about bracelet mandrels, one of those tools that isn’t in the basic tool kit, but can be very handy for the jewelry maker.
Here are links to things mentioned in the video:
- Wooden stepped bracelet mandrel
- Wooden tapered bracelet mandrel
- Stainless steel tapered bracelet mandrel
- Stainless steel stepped bracelet mandrel
- Rotating holder for mandrels with tang
- Bracelet mandrels with tang (some are sets including a holder)
- Oval bracelet mandrels
- If you don’t have a holder, a leather sandbag is helpful for holding the mandrel while working (I forgot to mention this tip in the video.)
- Hammered Bangle Bracelets video
- Baroque Beads Bracelet video
Thank you to Beebeecraft for sending along the mandrels for me to try out.
In case the math I mentioned went by too quickly:
- If you know the diameter of your circle (measurement across) you can find the circumference by multiplying by π (3.14).
- If you know the circumference of your circle (the measurement around, like a bracelet measurement) you can find the diameter by dividing by π (3.14).
Enjoy the video and happy creating!
Watch the Which Bracelet Mandrel Do You Need For Jewelry Making? video at YouTube.