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Old 2005-12-19, 2:27am
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Default Where do you buy your hollow mandrels???

Hm???

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Old 2005-12-19, 2:36am
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Hm???

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Tink sells them on her site.
http://www.blackswampglassworks.com/mandrels.htm

You can also get them from Frantz.
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Old 2005-12-19, 3:52am
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Why Tink of course..lol
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Old 2005-12-19, 5:07am
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Yep. I got mine there.
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Old 2005-12-19, 5:17am
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Evan makes 3/16"' & 1/8" mandrels with holes (for "blown-up" hollows). I asked for some for Christmas. He has other cool stuff too.

http://www.dawnandevan.com/gallery4.htm

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Old 2005-12-19, 6:28am
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We order the tubing from McMaster Carr.
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Old 2005-12-19, 6:52am
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McMaster-Carr

You can pick up some welding rods there too.
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Old 2005-12-19, 8:57am
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I go down to my local Metals Supermarket, and have them cut stainless tubing to size for me. They are happy to sell just a few, and I think they only cost $2-4 each depending on the size and tubing thickness.
Maybe there's one near you:

http://www.metalsupermarkets.com/
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Old 2005-12-19, 9:36am
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Hm???

Thank you!!!

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Jeri Warhaftig has the original "Puffy Mandrels" for sale on her website. Puffy Mandrels at Jeribeads (I know they're the originals, because Jeri didn't know what to call them, and I was the one who named them Puffy Mandrels!! LOL)

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Old 2005-12-19, 9:53am
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Thanks so much all you dear people!!!

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Old 2005-12-19, 10:24am
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Thanks for the kind mention Schermo. We now have them in both 3/32" (std size) and 1/8" diameter. Jeri
www.jeribeads.com
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I bought stainless steel brake tubing and cut it in the lengths that I wanted with a cutting wheel and my dremel. It cost me $20.00 and I got 15 mandrels out of it. Not to bad, I thought.

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Old 2005-12-19, 12:29pm
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I bought stainless steel brake tubing and cut it in the lengths that I wanted with a cutting wheel and my dremel. It cost me $20.00 and I got 15 mandrels out of it. Not to bad, I thought.

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Just curious, where did you find stainless steel brake tubing?
When I looked for it in SLC I couldn't find it.
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Old 2005-12-19, 12:50pm
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Just curious, where did you find stainless steel brake tubing?
When I looked for it in SLC I couldn't find it.
Auto Parts stores
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Old 2005-12-19, 1:08pm
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I found some stainless steel tubes at a local hobby store.
Apparently, model train enthusiast use it to build scenery or something.
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Old 2005-12-19, 5:28pm
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I'm a do-it-yourselfer at heart and especially appreciate that information!

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Old 2005-12-19, 5:52pm
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I bought some stainless tubing from a truck parts place. It is 1/4 inside so it's bigger outside. The problem with it is that it's heavier gauge than the one 's they sell at Frantz, even though it was cheaper, and it gets hot to hold it!
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Old 2005-12-19, 8:37pm
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I went to Ipaco and got some, then I went to a model airplane/train store and got some there too. Most machine shops have it also. I did find that the auto parts stores sometimes have it on a roll. You don't want that as the tube is all bent and crooked. I've used it after trying to straighten it, and it does work. Go to a machine shop, thats where I got the best deal. Alot of times they have scrap that they are willing to give to you or sell for very very cheap. If you know of any welders, they can tell you where to get some also. My dad is a welder and is always bringing me home all kinds of tubing, copper shavings (very cool) things to use as tools, etc.
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