Day 30 Jewelry Tool Modification

As I was working on the last project, I was reminded of something I usually do, but forgot in this instance, and it “bit” me…… Let me explain:

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If you have ever gotten new “Screw Mandrels“, it is a happy day and there are so many tools that can be used on them, they are great! But today I will show you a quick tip that might save you some time, actually WILL save you some time someday.

If you look at the end of the screw mandrel, or the “screw” portion, you will probably notice there are some sharp edges and small “burs” on the screw. Now this isn’t a problem until this end comes in contact with the piece of jewelry you are working on while spinning. This will usually leave some pretty good marks if you are lucky, and take small chunks out of your beloved piece of jewelry if you aren’t so lucky.

Screw Mandrel (1) Screw Mandrel (2)

Here is the cure:

I have mentioned before the fact I hate to throw away old burs and such, well the same goes with old files. Take an old Hand File and while the screw mandrel is in your Foredom, rub the end on your file (#4 in this case) cleaning the burs off and rounding the edges of the screw.

Screw Mandrel (3) Screw Mandrel (4)

Now take a small piece of 600 Grit Sandpaper and hold it to the screw end while spinning in your foredom. This will polish it a little more.

Screw Mandrel (5) Screw Mandrel (6)

Now if you….. I mean WHEN you accidently touch the spinning end to your jewelry, it won’t tear it up so badly. It will still leave a little mark, but more manageable.

Screw Mandrel (7) Screw Mandrel (8)

Hope this helps.

Now enjoy your day and make something awesome!


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6 Responses to Day 30 Jewelry Tool Modification

  1. Michelle Sandler June 30, 2014 at 1:39 pm #

    This is brilliant. Thank you so much. I have often been screwed by those mandrels.

    • jewelrymonk June 30, 2014 at 1:41 pm #

      Me too. Thanks!

    • Liza June 30, 2014 at 6:06 pm #

      Haha right !

  2. Liza June 30, 2014 at 6:06 pm #

    Another fantastic idea. Thank you !

  3. Paula July 16, 2014 at 9:06 pm #

    Great tip! I hate it when I mark up a piece I’m working on.

    • July 16, 2014 at 9:46 pm #

      Thanks. Me too.