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« on: February 19, 2011, 02:04:27 PM »

So, following on from the stumpsucker thread I thought I would ditch that and start one where we could discuss any new or unusual tools along with any useful links you may have?

Hopefully the more we can learn about what tools do the more we can broaden our horizons.


I will kick this off with a key mandrel

http://www.etsy.com/listing/40872083/jelveh-designs-key-mandrel

Easy to use, fun to use but if I am honest I use it very little but wouldn't part with it.


And a cabochon mandrel, no link but we have all seen them. I found it cumbersome and heavy to use and find it much easier onthe end of a rod or a mandrel so could have saved money there.

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« Reply #1 on: February 19, 2011, 02:10:24 PM »

And to think I sold off all my antique keys just before I took up lampworking Sad  I'm yet to try cabs.

I use a borax dish, left over from my silver days for frit, and a small blue funnel courtesy of Tupperware to pour it back into the mini jars; they work perfectly together.  Guess it's not as unusual as a trunk blower or whatever that thing was Wink Wink
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« Reply #2 on: February 19, 2011, 02:12:50 PM »

I love my key mandrel... but have a shortage of keys to use it with  Roll Eyes

Cabs... Yeah, cab mandrels were a wasted expenditure, but I hang onto them after all these years just in case I use them.  On the end of a rod is better  Wink
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« Reply #3 on: February 19, 2011, 02:15:56 PM »

One that I am yet to try but ohh it's certainly interesting
http://www.lauschalady.com/LLBeadDock.html

Cross holed beads, 3 hole beads etc. The site even has usage instructions.

dichroicimagery used to sell them but for some reason their site isn't working atm.

I'm intrigued by the key mandrel, one of those I kinda have to try it things.
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« Reply #4 on: February 19, 2011, 02:21:04 PM »

Wow, something new already, that mandrel looks pretty fab but I wonder if it is difficult to use?


The other tool I forgot to say is a graphite reamer, I have two, a favourite with the sadly broken off and a hooge one, these are just brilliant for reopening loops or mouths of vessels. http://www.gpescientific.co.uk/view-sub-categories.php?subcatID=271&catID=92&mastercatID=6  Not any of these reamers exactly but you get the idea
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« Reply #5 on: February 19, 2011, 02:28:21 PM »

One that I am yet to try but ohh it's certainly interesting
http://www.lauschalady.com/LLBeadDock.html


How do you get the cross bar out of the finished bead?  Does it pull out or am I being really stupid (again/still)?
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« Reply #6 on: February 19, 2011, 02:31:30 PM »

The T-section joint unscrews, I believe Smiley

My fish tweezers - I use them every single day (as in, them fish de-boning tweezers,from a culinary shop)
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« Reply #7 on: February 19, 2011, 02:41:17 PM »

I can tell this thread is going to be dangerous!

I'm sure I have a whole box of keys somewhere, and I had thought about making them have beads on...


as for unusual tools...I don't have any to add right now. maybe its cause I don't think any of mine are that weird.
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« Reply #8 on: February 19, 2011, 02:49:12 PM »

I have keys but I'm waiting for when I feel brave enough to make a bead staight on to it
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« Reply #9 on: February 19, 2011, 02:51:35 PM »

I can see this thread becoming a source of wish list things - like the graphite reamers...  just looked at the web page and there's other things there too  Smiley  ho hum wonder what the bank balance is looking like  Wink
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« Reply #10 on: February 19, 2011, 02:52:40 PM »

Do you have a pic Sabine? And what makes them better than say........eyebrow tweezers?

I love my stamp tweezers, the paddle shaped ones you can buy for lampworking or picking up stamps but I do have a very pointy pair that I nicked off a mate, I have no idea what they are for but they are sharp as heck and great for plucking out impurities.

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http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/PRINZ-STAMP-TWEEZERS-CRANKED-SPADE-SOLINGEN-STEEL-/270270273424?pt=UK_Stamps_Philatley&hash=item3eed5d1790

Very pointy
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/EYELASH-EXTENSION-STRAIGHT-FINE-POINTED-TWEEZERS-5-5-/250694412589?pt=UK_HealthBeauty_Other_RL&hash=item3a5e8d292d
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« Reply #11 on: February 19, 2011, 03:01:25 PM »

Here are my fishies:



I think the gentle curve down the sides helps crinkle rose petals 'just so'...but, I have to admit, I'm quicker to go 'want want' about tools than I am about glass......  Roll Eyes Roll Eyes
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« Reply #12 on: February 19, 2011, 03:03:30 PM »

But they LOOK cool Cheesy
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« Reply #13 on: February 19, 2011, 03:07:58 PM »

oh they do!
even if I never used them I'd love to have those on my desk!
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« Reply #14 on: February 19, 2011, 03:35:48 PM »

As I said, I use them every day  Grin Grin Grin More often than my marver, I think. Not as often as my *coughs* cone mandrel, blow mandrel, hot fingers........................the list goes on................................
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