How to Use the Wubbers® Triangular Mandrel Pliers

Video by Patti Bullard, PhD, Inventor of Wubbers Pliers
Instructions by Jennifer, Content Development Group, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®

Patti Bullard, PhD--inventor of Wubbers® Pliers--shows how to use the triangular mandrel pliers to form consistent 3-sided jewelry components with wire, bezel strips or sheet metal.
Place the end of the wire into the jaw of the Wubbers® triangular mandrel pliers positioning the edge of the wire even with the edge of the jaw.
Squeeze the pliers firmly securing the end of the wire and tightly press the wire around the jaw with your free hand forming a triangle.
Loosen the pliers, keeping the wire in position. Wrap the wire around the jaw once again, making sure to not rewrap over the previous wire.

Tip: Try rewrapping towards the handle to make the wire easier to take off the pliers.
Repeat Steps 2 and 3 to create the desired amount of triangular links.
Pull the wire from the mandrel. Using flush-cutters cut through the middle of one side of the wire.

Tip: Often each length of triangular links may not be equal on all sides. To reshape the link, reposition it onto the smaller jaw of pliers and squeeze the pliers. Continue to reposition and turn the link until the desired shape is created.

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