Bezel mandrels and jumpring mandrels with multi-barrels can be used and produce a greater range of diameters in shaping wire cones.
An alternative to mandrels would be a form found around the house such as a pen tip, pencil tip or permanent marker tip. Another form would be a manufactured cone. Wrap the wire around this shape and create a larger diameter but similarly shaped wire cone. Use thick gauge round wire, such as 20, 18 and 16 gauge to create sturdy conical components.
You can also generate a wire cone by forming a spiral then popping the smallest coil up and out with round-nose pliers, expanding the spiral into a cone shape. Different sizes of spirals yield different lengths and diameters of wire cones.
- Sandra Lupo, Jewelry Designer and Instructor, Create Your Style Ambassador
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