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« Reply #45 on: February 21, 2011, 03:21:18 PM »

I got graphite rods from that cheapo bookstore (not online) whose name I can't remember. They have a section for artist tools etc.

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« Reply #46 on: February 21, 2011, 04:04:35 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?
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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.


Tan,  how easy is it to remove the key, before the bead cracks?  I am assuming that the mandrel and fittings are going to be pretty hot, or is it quite easy to just pop the key off and put it in the kiln, leaving the mandrel ready for another key?

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« Reply #47 on: February 21, 2011, 04:50:06 PM »

Tan,  how easy is it to remove the key, before the bead cracks?  I am assuming that the mandrel and fittings are going to be pretty hot, or is it quite easy to just pop the key off and put it in the kiln, leaving the mandrel ready for another key?

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From what I remember from the instructions that came with it, you're supposed to put the key in the kiln, still attached to the mandrel.

Yep, rather limiting :/  Either one key per beadmaking session or buy multiple key mandrels (I couldn't begin to afford that!).  That's also why I don't use my cabochon or thimble mandrels much...
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« Reply #48 on: February 21, 2011, 05:55:49 PM »

Sorry, just seen this, the whole thing goes into the kiln so it is just one per session. I tended to make my usual beads then save the key one until last and really have a play to see what I could do with it, the same with the cab and thimble mandrels.
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« Reply #49 on: February 21, 2011, 06:07:06 PM »

Sorry, just seen this, the whole thing goes into the kiln so it is just one per session. I tended to make my usual beads then save the key one until last and really have a play to see what I could do with it, the same with the cab and thimble mandrels.

I do the same - it's just when I've made one cab/thimble, I never want to stop and one and am always disappointed that I have to!  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #50 on: February 21, 2011, 06:09:20 PM »

Me too, don't you find one idea leads to another but its an epic anti climax!
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« Reply #51 on: February 21, 2011, 06:10:49 PM »

Yes!  Especially when you've made one and it's gone a bit wrong and you think "If I'd just...." and you just don't *want* to wait until tomorrow to try it!
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« Reply #52 on: February 23, 2011, 07:40:05 AM »

Thanks jammie, i'm convinced and at that price i ordered! Smiley
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« Reply #53 on: February 23, 2011, 08:26:42 AM »

I got graphite rods from that cheapo bookstore (not online) whose name I can't remember. They have a section for artist tools etc.

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« Reply #54 on: February 23, 2011, 08:36:43 AM »

My DH made me my Key mandrell, it is almost the same as the one on etsy.
He is such a love... Roll Eyes
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« Reply #55 on: March 01, 2011, 07:12:19 AM »

Im really lusting after a graphite reamer - any idea of prices on those Tan?

Sorry to jug in but is this what you are looking for? about 10 me thinks  Grin Grin Grin getting one myself, very useful

http://www.t4j.co.uk/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=9&products_id=317

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« Reply #56 on: March 01, 2011, 07:42:10 AM »

Im really lusting after a graphite reamer - any idea of prices on those Tan?

Sorry to jug in but is this what you are looking for? about 10 me thinks  Grin Grin Grin getting one myself, very useful

http://www.t4j.co.uk/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=9&products_id=317

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Thanks Mandy.. being always the cheapskate I looked on Fleabay for the same thing and found this
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Graphite-Stirring-Rod-12%1a.-For-Gold-%26-Silver.-1/2%22-Dia_W0QQitemZ350291589976QQcmdZViewItem?rvr_id=214418008645&rvr_id=214418008645&cguid=1649c99512e0a0aa126493f4fe2f34a8#ht_1352wt_905
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« Reply #57 on: March 01, 2011, 08:18:34 AM »

yay, excellent, off to shop  Grin Grin Grin

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edited to add..it's the same company..how strange..oh well saves a few quid  Grin
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« Reply #58 on: March 01, 2011, 08:26:09 AM »

My most unusual tool is a set of cheese knives, only 10 euro's for 4. Can use it for anything.
The only thing in this set I had no use for was the fork, so I've managed to change this (thanks to hubby's toolbox) into a straight short sharpe knife.
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