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Mandrels
MandrelsFor making glass beads. Tired of bent mandrels? Our Mandrels are high quality and are made to resist bending. Compare, take one of our mandrels and a competitors - Bend them together until the competitors stay bent while ours returns straight. Made with high temperature metal that has low heat transfer, keeping your fingers cool while the hot end is red hot. Make a glass bead with a hole by wrapping molten glass around these rods. Remember putting almost anything in a 4000°F flame for a few seconds will melt this and almost any metal. You never need to put a flame directly on the bare mandrel. Watch out, many of our competitors sell 10" long mandrels. Ours are a full 12" length which makes a big difference for comfort and rotating! Made in the USA

Order # Diameter
Full Length 12" Long!
Price per Dozen
that's 12 mandrels
Bulk Discount
Ends are pre-ground Ready to use
Bulk Discount
Ends have small burr
you grind or use with burr*
Approx. # of pieces in
2 Pounds
M045  3/64" - .045 - 1.1 mm $6
1 Pound for $33
1 Pound for $24
170
for the one pound
M062  1/16" - .062 - 1.6 mm $7
2 Pounds for $48
2 Pounds for$39
198
M080  5/64" - .080 - 2 mm $8
2 Pounds for $42
2 Pounds for$35
116
M092  3/32" - .092 - 2.3 mm $9
2 Pounds for $42
2 Pounds for $35
83
M125  1/8" - .125 - 3.2 mm $10
2 Pounds for $42
2 Pounds for $35
48
M156 ;5/32 - .156 - 4 mm $16
2 Pounds for $42
2 Pounds for $35
30
M187 3/16" - .187 -4.75mm $19
. . .
M500 Package of 13 assorted sizes
1.1mm to 4.75mm
$12
. . .

*When the rods are cut, there is a small burr on each end.
Most people can use them with the burr or you can easily sand or grind the burr off.


Large Diameter Tube Mandrels
tube mandrelStainless steel tubes used for large hole glass bead and glassblowing. If used for bead mandrels, plug the end so hot air/steam can't travel back through the tube toward your hand. Use mandrel release or you can use a little bit of ceramic fiber. Heavy walls are used instead of solid rods to make a lighter weight mandrel. Made with low heat conductive metal which helps keep the heat from traveling up to your hand.
Made in the USA
 Order #
Diameter
Diameter
 Length Price Each
 M14T 1/4" 6.34 mm 12" $7
 M516T 5/16" 7.93 mm 12" $8
 M38T 3/8" 9.5 mm 12" or 18" $8

 M716T 7/16" 11.1 mm 12" or 18" $9

 M12T 1/2" 12 mm 12"or 18" $9

MTA Includes one of each size tube mandrel PLUS
the Large Diameter Diamond Glass Bead Reamer
Retail $60
LOW Price $49

glass beadmaking tube mandrel set

Item #MTA - One of each size tube mandrel PLUS
the Large Diameter Diamond Glass Bead Reamer - see below

1 inch hollow stainless mandrel Large Hollow Stainless Steel Bead Mandrel
1 inch in diameter and machined with a roughened finish to better hold to mandrel release
 #M1H
Buy 1 $16.00
Buy 2 $14.40
Buy 4 $12.80
Buy 8 $11.20
Qty:
3/4 inch solid stainless mandrel Large 3/4 inch Solid Stainless Steel Bead Mandrel. Machined with a roughened surface to better hold mandrel release
#M34
Buy 1 $12.00
Buy 2 $10.80
Buy 4 $9.60
Buy 8 $8.40
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thimble mandrel  Thimble Shaped Stainless Steel Mandrel . Machined with a roughened surface to better hold mandrel release
#MT58
Buy 1 $9.95
Buy 2 $8.96
Buy 4 $7.96
Buy 8 $6.97
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diamond glass bead reamer Diamond Glass Bead Reamer for Large Holes
Finally - Now we have a larger 1/4" reamer for those large holes like Pandora Beads or beads made on tube mandrels. Makes cleaning and dressing those holes quick and easy. Can be used by hand with the supplied blue handle, or remove the bit from the handle and put it into an electric drill for even faster cleaning and dressing.
Item Number D250 for $19



Click Here to see many more pictures of this tool.

SPECIFICATIONS:
Length: 5¼"
Largest Diameter: ¼"
Diamonds covering most of the surface. Supplied with a removable handle.
Always use diamonds with water to extend the life of the diamonds and to keep the dust down.


hollow glass bead mandrel Special Mandrel to Make Hollow Beads
Build a wall on each side of the hole. Put a roof between the walls leaving a sealed space between the walls. Blow through the hollow tube mandrel to puff out the hollow bead. Unlike those made by others Our mandrels are sealed on the end and have 2 holes instead of just one

Made in the USA by Sundance


Order # Mandrel Size Each
 M250H  M250H - 1/4" $18.00
 M187H  M187H - 3/16" $18.00
 M125H   M125H - 1/8" $18.00
 MSET3H   MSET3H -All Three Sizes $48.60


mandrel holder
Mandrel Holder Mandrels are hard to hold, turn and tire your hand. This light weight mandrel holder has the perfect diameter handle for easy turning. Completely adjustable: use any length mandrel, the long mandrels simply slide through the handle.  Our special collets assure mandrels don't rock once the tool is tightened. A quick turn of the pin vice will free the mandrel for fast replacement.  
Made in the USA by Sundance

Order #  Holds this size mandrel Each
 3306  M045 - 3/64" $16
 3309   M090 - 3/32" $16
 3312   M125 - 1/8" $16



Bracelet Mandrels and Ring Mandrels


Bracelet and Ring Mandrels: Oval #9606, Round #9605 for making your own glass rings and bracelets. Bracelet and Ring Mandrels: Oval #9606, Round #9605 for making your own glass rings and bracelets. Ring Finger mandrel #1604 for making your own glass rings.

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Do not put the metal mandrel molds into flame.
Wrap your hot glass around the cold mandrels than remove quickly.



Pin Vice Sets
 A pin vice has the jaws of a drill. The tip will clamp down on a small rod like a drill bit. Set of three different sizes. Useful in your studio; holds mandrels, tungsten picks, drill bits, your bead hole cleaning tools, etc.
  • Smallest holds up to a 1/16"shaft
  • Second size holds up to 5/64"
Order #   Price
pin vice set for lampworkers glassblowers and glass beadmakers 81496
Set of 2 smallest
Volume Discounts
Buy One  Pay $3.00 Each
Buy Two  Pay $2.70 Each
Buy Four  Pay $2.40 Each
Buy Eight Pay $2.10 Each

More Information
$3
Qty:
pin vice set for lampworkers glassblowers and glass beadmakers 81497
Set of 3 smallest
Volume Discounts
Buy One  Pay $6.00 Each
Buy Two  Pay $5.40 Each
Buy Four  Pay $4.80 Each
Buy Eight Pay $4.20 Each

More Information
$6
Qty:
pin vice set for lampworkers glassblowers and glass beadmakers 81498
Set of  All 4
Volume Discounts
Buy One  Pay $9.00 Each
Buy Two  Pay $8.10Each
Buy Four  Pay $7.20 Each
Buy Eight Pay $6.30 Each

More Information
$9
Qty:
pin vice set for lampworkers glassblowers and glass beadmakers Pin Vice Handle Only - To hold the Rod
Heavy duty Pin Vice Handle - 1/16" up to 1/8"
$16



mandrel release Mandrel Release

Coat metal mandrels with this release to prevent the molten glass from sticking to the metal mandrels. We believe the best bead release made is Blue Coat! If you are not sure which to get - get the Blue Coat! Click here to learn how to use mandrel release.
  Name Holding Power

Retail Price

mandrel-release-bead Black Coat
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Regular*
If you are not sure which one - We recommend the below Blue Coat !
mandrel-release-bead Blue Coat
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Medium*
       
Flame Dry
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Regular*

*2 oz. and 4 lb. quantities are dilute and ready to use. Larger sizes are thick mud - you dilute with water

Regular - Easiest to remove the bead from the mandrel when cooled but then also easiest to detach when working in the flame.
Medium - Medium holding power and medium removability.
Tough - When you really need to be sure the release does not detach from the mandrel when working large beads or boro beads or beads that take a long time to make - Therefore hardest to remove the bead from the mandrel when cooled.
Flame Dry - Dries immediately in the flame. No need to pre dry. Similar to regular holding release.
To give you an idea of volume
.55 pounds fits inside a 4 fluid ounce jar (200 grams)


groved marver for lampworking and glass beadmakingMetal Grooved Marvering Plate

Roll your glass or press your glass into this metal surface to make a pattern. Roll it twice across the surface each at a different angle to get a pineapple pattern.


Order # Description Volume Price Our Price
G24M Metal grooved marvering pad 2" x 4"  Volume Pricing
Buy One Pay $8.95 Each
Buy Two Pay $8.06 Each
Buy Four Pay $7.16 Each
Buy Eight Pay $6.27Each
$8.95 
Qty:
G24P Metal grooved marvering paddle 2" x 4"
With Handle
 Volume Pricing
Buy One Pay $16.95 Each
Buy Two Pay $15.26 Each
Buy Four Pay $13.56 Each
Buy Eight Pay $11.87 Each
$16.95
Qty:
metal groved paddle for glass working
Paddle - Same marvering plate pictured above mounted on a handle. Often easier to work with when you are able to hold it up at eye level. Back smooth side can be used as a paddle.

Brian's Multi-Tool
brians multi tool
Lampworking Tool - Brian's Multi-Tool
Click here to see more details!
Made in the USA by Sundance
Item # Description List Price Introductory Price!
2226 Brian's Multi-Tool $65 Buy One Pay $49.00 Each
Buy Two Pay $44.10 Each
Buy Four Pay $39.20 Each
Buy Eight Pay $34.30 Each
Qty:
brians multi tool Made in the USA by Sundance
Item # Description List Price Introductory Price!
2229 Brian's Enhanced Multi-Tool $75 Buy One Pay $59.00 Each
Buy Two Pay $53.10 Each
Buy Four Pay $47.20 Each
Buy Eight Pay $41.30 Each
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brians multi tool for lampworking and glass beadmaking

lampworking glass beadmaking roller shaper 1
Roller Shaper #1
This tool, developed by Sundance decades ago is the first in a series of unique glass shaping tools. It is used to help shape your glass bead. Two ways to use this tool. Make a barrel bead by rolling your molten glass against the curve. or turn the glass 90 degrees and work it the other direction. your bead back and forth in the groves to shape.  Two different diameters allow two different size beads. Made of graphite carbon.
Made in the USA by Sundance



Roller Shaper Number 1 - Used to shape beads as a cylinder. Two different sizes. The flat back side can be used as a paddle.

Order #  Code  Description
Price
15709 RS1 Roller Shaper #1 $20


lampworking glass beadmaking shaping tool 2 Roller Shaper #2
This tool, developed by Sundance, is used to help shape your glass bead. Roll your bead back and forth in the groves to shape.  Made in the USA. Made of graphite carbon.
Made in the USA by Sundance


Roller Shaper Number 2 (Kindle Shaper) - Pictured twice on the left so you can see both sides of the paddle.
Order #  Code  Description
Price
15710 RS2 Kindle Shaper #2 $36



roller shaper 3 Roller Shaper #3

Similar to the above Kindle Shaper, but the handle is rotated 90 degrees and a shorter surface. Good for right or left handed persons. Rolling the hot bead in the grove helps shape the bead round. Four different sized groves and two different shaped groves to choose from. Graphite carbon block is 1-1/2" by 2".
Made in the USA by Sundance
Order #  Code  Description
Price
 15711  RS3  Roller Shaper #3 $28



roller shaper 4 for glass beadmaking and lampworking
Roller Shaper #4
The Evolution continues. This tool, developed by Sundance, is used to help shape your glass bead. Roll your bead in the groves to shape.  Made of graphite carbon.

Roller Shaper Number 4 - Similar to our original best selling Roller Shaper #2 but modified to have tapered groves. Pictured twice on the left so you can see both sides of the paddle. Made from Carbon Graphite. Pad is approximately  2" x 3"
Made in the USA by Sundance

Order #  Code  Description
Price
15714 RS4 Roller Shaper #4 $49

dual marver for glass beadmaking Dual Shaper Tool
Helps shape beads. Bi-Cone on one side and curved shape on the other side. Handle can be inserted in either side for left or right handed people. Great deal because you get two tools in one! Quality Polished Carbon Graphite. Made in the USA by Sundance Lifetime Sundance Warranty

 Order #  Description Price
 2228   Dual Shaper - 2-1/4" x 3-1/2" Pad. $39.20


Bead and Marble Shaping ToolBead and Marble Shaping Tool A tool to help shape beads and marbles. Mandrel grooves help prevent the mandrel release from breaking off the mandrel while making beads. The groves do not interfere when making marbles. Two different sizes per paddle. Pictured twice to show the top bottom. On one side is a half sphere to make round beads and marbles. The other side are half cylinders to help shape cylindrical beads.
Made in China. Similar items listed below that are made in the USA.

Order # Code Description
Price
Bead and Marble Shaping Tool Bead and Marble Mold
#2306
2 Holes   3/8" and 1/2" Temporary Out Of Stock
$24

Bead and Marble Shaping Tool Bead and Marble Mold
#2307
2 Holes   5/8" and 3/4" Temporary Out Of Stock
$24

Bead and Marble Shaping Tool Bead and Marble Mold
#2308
2 Holes   7/8", and 1" $29



Bead and Marble Shaping Tool Bead and Marble Shaping Tool
 A tool to help shape beads and marbles. Mandrel grooves help prevent the mandrel release from breaking off the mandrel while making beads. The groves do not interfere when making marbles. Three different sizes per paddle. Pictured twice to show the top bottom. On one side is a half sphere to make round beads and marbles. The other side are half cylinders to help shape cylindrical beads. We purposely left off the smaller 3/8" size and included the more useful larger 1-1/8" size! Made from polished carbon graphite. Quality Made in the USA!  Lifetime Sundance Warranty.


Order # Code Pad Size Description Price
2310-bead-marble-shaping-tool Bead and Marble Mold
#2310
3" x 2 1/2" 3 Holes
1/2", 5/8" and 3/4" 
$35
23111-bead-marble-shaping-tool Bead and Marble Mold
#2311
4" x 2 1/2" 3 Holes
7/8", 1" and 1-1/8"
$40

the tony lintel shaper graphite for glass beadmaking Tony Lentil Maker - Tool to make Lentil Shaped Glass Beads. Heat and work one side of the bead in the depression. then heat and work the other side. Alternate until it takes the shape of a lentil. Front and back sides are pictured. Four different sized depressions actually allows a wide range of size beads. Mandrel groves help keep the mandrel release from breaking off. All Carbon Graphite.
Made in the USA by Sundance  Life Time Sundance Warranty!      Item Number 2300 - $29
     

Bead Cleaning Set

 Diamond Glass Bead Cleaning and Reaming Tool Sets
  • Two longer tools ream and clean the inside of the hole.
  • Two shorter tools dress the bead holes.

Order # Description Price
Set of 3 diamond tools Set of 3 Diamond Tools
# 3553
Volume Discount
Buy One Pay $7.50 Each
Buy Two Pay $6.75 Each
Buy Four Pay $6.00 Each
Buy Eight Pay $5.25 Each
$7.50
Qty:
diamond glass bead reaming tool  Set of 4 Diamond Tools
# 3554

Volume discount
Buy One Pay $9.50 Each
Buy Two Pay $8.55 Each
Buy Four Pay $7.60 Each
Buy Eight Pay $6.65 Each
$9.50
Qty:
diamond glass bead reaming tool Set of 10 Diamond Reamers
# DF83510
Extra Small Size gets into the smallest bead hole.
Used to clean out the inside hole of a bead. I think this type of cleaner is the best style. Use with a pin vice or use a hand drill. Always use with water to control dust and preserve the diamonds. You need 10 because they don't last a long time.

$9.50


Bead Cleaning Set
 Set of 4 Diamond Glass Bead Cleaning and Reaming Tools with one universal pin vice. With storage tube. The pieces can also be put in your electric drill or similar tool for faster cleaning. Shaft diameter is .115 inches (3mm).
  • Two longer tools ream and clean inside the hole.
  • Two shorter tools dress the bead holes.
Order # Description Price
 Set of 4 Diamond Tools
#3555

Volume Discount
Buy One Pay $9.50 Each
Buy Two Pay $8.55 Each
Buy Four Pay $7.60 Each
Buy Eight Pay $6.65 Each
$9.50
Qty:


Bead Cleaning Set

cleaning tool
  • TOP - Bead Cleaning Wire No.2106 - Spiral wire on a wooden handle. Push this wire back and forth through the hole in your bead to remove mandrel release powder.
  • MIDDLE - Bead Hole Scraper No. 2107 - Small particles of abrasive tungsten carbide are fused on a wire and the wire is mounted on a wooden handle. This tool is more aggressive and will actually remove small amounts of glass.
  • BOTTOM - Bead Cleaning Brush No. 2105 - This double ended brush, each a different style, cleans and removes mandrel release from the bead hole. Remember always clean your beads under water to prevent dust.

Order # Description Price
  2105   Bead Cleaning Brush $6
  2106   Bead Cleaning Wire $6
  2107   Bead Hole Scraper $6
  2110   Set of the above 3 $13



  Diamond Dressing Tools
Mount these tools in a hand drill, Dremel type drill or even a hand held pin vise. Rotating the diamond in each hole in your bead will shape and dress the ends. All ends are slightly different. The set of 20 have much smaller diamond ends. Each Approx. 1-3/4" long. 1/8th inch shaft size.

Order # Description Price
Diamond Set 8 pieces
DD8
Diamond set of 8 bead hole dressing bits $16
Diamond Set 20 pieces
DD20
Diamond set of 20 bead hole dressing bits $24



Cooling Your Glass


There are three ways to help cool your glass slowly to help prevent cracking by thermo shocking.
  1. Bury Glass in a Crockpot full of hot vermiculite
  2. Place Glass Between Two Fiber Pad - Pads sitting on a hot plate helps further
  3. Kiln (Only a kiln will prevent glass from cracking by annealing)
To use, place your hot glass between these pads as soon as you are done with it on the torch. The pads hold the heat to slow down the cooling rate. The timing for placing the glass between the fiber or in the vermiculite is critical. If you place them to soon, when the glass surface is still molten, and fibers may stick to the glass. If you wait to long, the glass may cool to much and the risk of breaking is greater. Experiment with the timing. Supplied 2 pieces at 8" x 12". IMPORTANT - Vermiculite or fiber pads DO NOT anneal the glass. Remember only a kiln or flame annealing can anneal glass.


Order # Description   Thickness Price
FB812 Fiber blanket - 2 pieces 8" x 12" 1/2" $8
FB1218 Fiber blanket - 2 pieces 12" x 18" 1" $16
2299 Vermiculite - about 1/3 cubic foot. the Crockpot in the picture took half that. See below about OUR vermiculite. 1/3 of a cubic foot about an 8"x8"x8" . $6
About OUR Vermiculite!
Our vermiculite is different than the common vermiculite you will find other places.
Ours is very large and coarse, theirs is much smaller and finer.
The Advantages Of Ours Is:
1) Coarse Grains Create larger dead air spaces which insulates better.
2) Less airborne of fine particles of vermiculite.
3) Ours is certified Asbestos Free

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    Beadmaking with a Torch
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