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Title: How to straighten mandrels???
Post by: BeadyBugs on May 22, 2007, 06:08:24 AM
Morning!

This is probably a stupid question, but thought I'd ask anyway.  I've just bought 2 brand new packs of 1/16th mandrels, which arrived this morning, very well packaged.  I've taken them out of the packaging to find every single one is bent (worse than the ones I bought them to replace) and pretty much unusable.  I just wondered if there were any tricks to straightening mandrels, or whether I should just give up and send them back?

Not happy!  >:(

Cheers,
HP x


Title: Re: How to straighten mandrels???
Post by: *rowanberry* on May 22, 2007, 06:09:38 AM
I'd send them back hun

I cant see there being a way of getting them perfectly straight again to be honest....


Title: Re: How to straighten mandrels???
Post by: BeadyBugs on May 22, 2007, 06:11:48 AM
Mmm, that's what I reckoned, but thought it was worth a try.  What a pain, I hate having to send stuff back. :(

Cheers chuck.

HP x


Title: Re: How to straighten mandrels???
Post by: beadysam on May 22, 2007, 06:12:42 AM
Send em back!  They'll never be quite right even if you manage to straighten them somewhat.  Where did you get them?


Title: Re: How to straighten mandrels???
Post by: Les on May 22, 2007, 06:48:52 AM
Yeh.. they ought to be straight as a die....... send them back


Title: Re: How to straighten mandrels???
Post by: BeadyBugs on May 22, 2007, 06:57:17 AM
Cheers guys. 

They are bent in the middle (and some other places), so they do that flurky/jerky end type thing when you try and twiddle them.  Definitely duds then, just wondered if there was some secret straightening technique I'd missed out on. ;) 

I don't suppose my GHD's would work - work wonders on my hair?!  ROFLMAO!!!  ;D

HP x


Title: Re: How to straighten mandrels???
Post by: Mary on May 22, 2007, 07:03:52 AM
I've read that you can roll them between two flat heavy things, like a pan and the kitchen table, but I never had much luck getting them completely straight again.


Title: Re: How to straighten mandrels???
Post by: BeadyBugs on May 22, 2007, 07:35:51 AM
Yeh - that's the kind of thing I was wondering about Mary, thanks.  I knew I'd never manage it with a pair of pliers.  Usually end up making them worse unless it's just a slight bend in the end.

HP x


Title: Re: How to straighten mandrels???
Post by: ♥♥Tan♥♥ on May 22, 2007, 10:20:12 AM
Gawd, tell us where you got them so we dont all end up with duff ones!!


Title: Re: How to straighten mandrels???
Post by: xtweeksx on May 22, 2007, 10:33:59 AM
I'd send em back def!!

On my well used ones... I cut off the bent part, end up with 6in mandrels  ::) I have yet to try (I keep mean to) the theory that I read somewhere of heating your mandrels up in your kiln (without beads or release on them hehe), taking them out when really hot (wear ya gloves for those who might try it) and throwing them in a bucket of water.....  its mean to straighten them nicely.

Whose gonna experiment then?

Jenx


Title: Re: How to straighten mandrels???
Post by: Vicki on May 22, 2007, 11:14:05 AM
I cut the little bent bits off too ;D only yesterday I found myself working with one I must have done it to twice...it was a tad on the short side...I do it when beads get very stuck to, I hate waste ;)


Title: Re: How to straighten mandrels???
Post by: *rowanberry* on May 22, 2007, 01:02:20 PM
Just send your old ones to Tan to sharpen...  :D


Title: Re: How to straighten mandrels???
Post by: ♥♥Tan♥♥ on May 22, 2007, 01:29:56 PM
 :D :D :D


Title: Re: How to straighten mandrels???
Post by: BeadyBugs on May 22, 2007, 02:39:19 PM
Hehehe! ;D

Must admit, I was thinking of sending them out to see who could come up with the most creative thing to do with a bent mandrel!!!  LOL! :D :D :D

....no sniggering at the back. ;D

HP x


Title: Re: How to straighten mandrels???
Post by: mams on May 22, 2007, 02:45:20 PM
Sounds painful!! :o :D

Michelle.x


Title: Re: How to straighten mandrels???
Post by: BeadyBugs on May 22, 2007, 02:47:50 PM
:D :D :D

Reckon it'd take more than a dip in bead release! ;D

HP x


Title: Re: How to straighten mandrels???
Post by: *rowanberry* on May 22, 2007, 04:44:55 PM
Could you use small cut mandrels are for little extensions... If you stuck some in hot glass they should stick...

Make some strange legged creatures....


Title: Re: How to straighten mandrels???
Post by: BeadyBugs on May 22, 2007, 07:52:09 PM
Reckon I could make me a whole family of Echidnas at the moment Claire!  ROFLMAO!!! ;D

HP x


Title: Re: How to straighten mandrels???
Post by: ♥♥Tan♥♥ on May 23, 2007, 09:56:58 AM
hmmm bent mandrels.....ideas........cunning.....


Title: Re: How to straighten mandrels???
Post by: beadysam on May 23, 2007, 04:28:34 PM
You could bend them into spirals, your initials, funky shapes etc to imprint on your beads..?  You could make a bead on each end with no release and use them as bookmarks...?  You could save them for when the drain needs unblocking...? 


Title: Re: How to straighten mandrels???
Post by: Carol on May 23, 2007, 04:49:23 PM
You could always sharpen them........ ;) ;D


Title: Re: How to straighten mandrels???
Post by: Françoise on May 23, 2007, 04:54:02 PM
Oh yes, sharpen them and use them as little lances that you can throw at the pictures of the things or persons you don't like (as a target)... hehehehe ;D


Title: Re: How to straighten mandrels???
Post by: beadysam on May 23, 2007, 04:54:29 PM
Toast marshmallows with them!!! Yeah! ;D ;D


Title: Re: How to straighten mandrels???
Post by: BeadyBugs on May 23, 2007, 05:03:07 PM
hmmmmmmm....I like where you are all coming from. ;D 

OH YEH!  MARSHMALLOWS!  FAB! :D  I can just see me trying to toast them Wylie Coyote stylie on my ACME torch, one loud fizz-bang and a puff of sugary smoke would be all that was left!  LOL! ;D

Might have to nip round to yours Sam and borrow your grindy pokey proddy pushy tool, and do some sharpening. ;D

Oh pointy stick, oh pointy pointy........;D

HP x