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Listed here are several types and sizes of mandrels for forming beads on, pin vice options used to hold them, and tubes that can be used as mandrels or for blowing.
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Cabochon Mandrels - Round
  11 diameters, 2 handle lengths, $8.95 to $12.95 each

Cabochon Mandrels - Round Flat TN
All 11 diameters are available with 9" or 12" length handles.

Pictured are 1/2", 5/8", 3/4" and 1".

Our round Cabochon Mandrels come in 11 diameters, from " to 1", by 1/16" increments, plus 1" and 1". They feature a thicker 5/32" handle for more a comfortable grip and your choice of a 9" (23cm) or 12" (30cm) length. For regular bead mandrels, where you mostly hold the mandrel level, the 12" length is more popular. Cabochon mandrels are typically used more in an up and down direction, therefor you might prefer the 9" length so it doesn't bump the table and other objects. Millimeter equivalents listed with each size.

9" Length

12" Length

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Thimble Mandrels
  2 sizes, $12.50 each

Thimble Mandrels with Detail TN

Thimble Glass Cynthia Tilker TN

These Thimble Mandrels make real functional glass thimbles of the same sizes usually found in the sewing notions department. Thimbles are very popular as collector items. The mandrel is sized to allow for mandrel release. Thimble by Cynthia Tilker.

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Elena Tucker Bobbin Mandrel
  $12.00

Bobbin Mandrel TN

The Elena Tucker Bobbin Mandrel is the perfect tool for securely holding metal bobbins without the need of mandrel release.

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Leah Fairbanks Vessel Mandrel
  $20.00

Leah Fairbanks Vessel Mandrel TN

The Leah Fairbanks Vessel Mandrel has a soft curve to its profile to make vessel shapes with the perfect profile.
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Hollow Bead Mandrels
Puffy Mandrels

  5 diameters, from $8.00 to $45.00

Puffy Mandrel TN

1-4 inch Hollow Bead Mandrel TN

Now you can make hollow beads much easier than the old fashioned way, using these stainless steel tube mandrels with a small blow hole on their side.
PDF instructions for using the Puffy Mandrel, by Jeri Warhaftig.

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Bead Mandrels With Brass Sheath
  $9.50 per dozen

Mandrels-Brass Sheathed TN

9" Length. 1/16" mandrel with a 3/32" brass sheath.

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Bead Mandrels
  2 lengths, 8 diameters, 2 Variety Packs, from $5.00 to $13.00

Mega Mandrel Pack TN
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Stainless steel rods used to make beads on. Click on "Learn More" to see the list of selected sizes in the Variety Packs.

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Flat Mandrel 1/8" x 1/2"
  $9.50

Flat Mandrel 3-1x13mm TN

For use when stringing beads onto flat materials, such as leather strip(s) and multiple strings or cords. Our all stainless steel Flat Mandrel measures 1/8"x1/2"x2" (3.2x13x51mm) on the working end. The long edges are nicely rounded and like our Emiko Mandrels, we put a heavy texture on it for good mandrel release adhesion. It has a heavy duty 5/32" (4mm) handle for strength and easy of turning. Overall length 11" (28cm).

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Square Emiko Mandrel

Emiko Mandrels - Square TN

2" long square stainless steel attached to a 5/32" (4mm) stainless steel handle for making square hole beads. Two sizes currently available, 1/4" (6.35mm) and 3/8" (9.5mm), with more to come.

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Stepped Mandrels

Stepped Mandrels TN

Over the last 20 years we have made tens of thousands of 1/16" x 9" Brass Sheathed Mandrels. They are a 6" length of 3/32" brass tubing over a 1/16" x 9" stainless steel mandrel to increases its diameter where it is held and to stiffen it. It's not much, but it makes a big difference. That's why so many people use them. We have now expanded and modified this idea by instead welding a 1/16" x 3" short mandrel to the end of larger diameter mandrels. The all stainless steel Stepped Mandrel with a 3/32" diameter handle and an overall length of 9" has the same dimensions as the original Brass Sheathed Mandrels. It is also offered in a 12" length. In addition, we also make the 9" and 12" lengths with 1/8" handles.

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Beau Anderson Tungsten Mandrels
 3 diameters, from $10.00 to $ 18.00

Beau Anderson Tungsten Mandrels TN

Revolutionary, no mandrel release required. Tungsten has long been used to rake and poke holes in glass, because of its ability to resist sticking to molten glass. However, get tungsten and glass hot enough and they do stick together. Apply heat properly to the tungsten and it releases. That is the basis by which Tungsten Mandrels are used. Welded, end on end, is a 3" section of tungsten to a 9" section of 1/8" stainless steel. The stainless stays cool to the touch, as a regular mandrel does. Use Instructions.

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Heavy Wall Stainless Steel Tubing
  2 lengths, 4 diameters, from $7.50 to $ 11.50

Stainless Steel Tubes TN

Used for blowing and punties, as well as for making large holes in glass beads.

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Emiko's Big Hole Mandrel
  17 sizes, from $10.00 to $25.00
PDF of Emiko Mandrel Selection Chart
for International Ring Sizes

International Ring Size Chart TN

Emiko Mandrel 13-16 TN

Used to make large holes in glass beads, rings, sculpture or for core formed vessels. Like many of our tools that have been copied overseas, they don't work like the original. We grind the surface to have a "heavy tooth" texture, which greatly helps to keep the mandrel release from coming off while you are making your glass item.
13/16" Size Pictured

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Osibin Cone And End Cap Mandrel
  6 sizes, from $12.00 to $15.00

Cone Mandrel TN02

Used to for making cone shaped beads, such as bead caps, end caps to collect multiple strings of beads, bugle beads and vessel shapes.  Like many of our tools that have been copied overseas, they don't work like the original. We grind the surface to have a "heavy tooth" texture, which greatly helps to keep the mandrel release from coming off while you are making your glass item.

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Trimlett Two Hole Button Mandrel
  3 sizes, $5.50 each plus discounted packs and assortment

Heather Trimlett Two Hole Mandrel TN

Used to make two hole buttons and beads. Overall length  Overall length 11" (28cm). 1/16" and 3/32" sizes pictured.

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Smircich Tail Stock Holder
  $8.50

Smircich Tail Stock Holder TN

Smircich Tail Stock Holder Detail TN

Used to give support and steady the tip of the mandrel.

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Small Economy Pin Vise
  $4.00

Economy Pin Vise TN

Economy Pin Vise Detail TN

4" pin vise with reversible collets.

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Mandrel Pin Vise
  $25.95

Mandrel Pin Vise TN

Mandrel Pin Vise Detail TN

Holds mandrels, tungsten rods and wires up to 1/8" (3mm) in diameter.

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Large Pin Vise
  $12.95

Large Pin Vise TN

Large Pin Vise Detail TN

A three jawed chuck, similar to that on a drill, mounted to a contoured wood handle, holds up to 5/16" (7 mm) diameter.

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