Mandrels for Jewerly Making

Mandrels
by Bryan Nealy, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®

A mandrel is a metalsmithing tool used to size and shape many types of metal and wire. Mandrels are typically used with a vise and a hammer or mallet to properly shape metal for jewelry making. Mandrels come in all different shapes, sizes and materials, but are commonly made of steel, aluminum, wood or plastic. At Fire Mountain Gems and Beads, we have a wide variety of mandrels to choose from to fit your beading and jewelry-making needs.

Bezel Making Mandrels Bezel-Forming Mandrels

Bezel-forming mandrels are ideal for when you need to create shaped bezels and jumprings. Our selection of bezel-forming mandrels are made of steel, and are available in the following shapes: triangle, square, round and hexagonal.

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Jumpring Mandrels Jumpring Mandrels

Jumpring mandrels feature distinct notches to assist in creating exact sizes of jumprings. Our inventory of jumpring mandrels have a foam cushion handle to provide a comfortable, secure grip without the need for a vise.

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Ring Mandrels Ring Mandrels

A ring mandrel is the go-to tool for adjusting the size of a ring or simply measuring ring size. At Fire Mountain Gems and Beads, we carry plastic and aluminum mandrels that are ideal for measuring a ring's size, and we also carry a carbon steel mandrel for adjusting a ring's size. The plastic mandrel can also be used to shape polymer clay creations. To properly use a ring mandrel, follow our step-by-step instructions for sizing rings on a ring mandrel how-to video.

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Bracelet Mandrel Bracelet Mandrel

Similar to a ring mandrel, but featuring a larger diameter, a bracelet mandrel is a tool for shaping bracelets or adjusting the size of a bracelet. Fire Mountain Gems and Beads has developed a bracelet mandrel that is perfect for creating round bangles with its round shape and diameter markings.

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Bangle Gauge Mandrel Bangle Gauge Mandrel

This professional-looking, cast aluminum bracelet mandrel with plastic base has clearly etched increments to accurately measure round bangles. The circumference tapers from 6.67 inches to 9.47 inches to provide a range of sizes for customer wrists. This mandrel works best with soft metals such as gold, silver, copper and brass.

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