Can you explain how to properly use a mandrel when bending memory wire?
Round-nose pliers or wire-wrapping pliers are the best tools for bending memory wire. You would be required to use your hands when bending the wire around a mandrel and due to the very strong nature of memory wire, that would be challenging to do. Pliers will give you the leverage needed to move the wire as well as to help form it into a neat round end.
Note: When cutting memory wire be sure to use memory wire shears since the density of memory wire will damage the blades of standard flush-cutters.
The how-to video ''Finishing Memory Wire Jewelry'' how-to video and illustrated instructions is a great source for information on memory wire as well as great ideas on how to finish the wire.
- Tammy Honaman, Author, Jewelry-Making Expert and Educator