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Daily Wire Tip: Neck Mandrel Alternatives
Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip
Dale, I love the DVD series I have. I want to make the Heavy Twisted Wire Collar (Beginner Series) and the Elegant Collar (Advanced Series). Is there any item I can substitute for a neck mandrel? I am not sure how many collars I will make.
-Marilyn in Canyon, Texas
Thanks Marilyn! It is so cool to be able to wear and sell your work on your work! Definitely a 100% handcrafted item.
When making any type of wire collar that is fitted to the human neck, it is important to bend the piece so it fits over the top of the shoulder, at the base of the neck. In this manner, the collar will not stick out, away from the body (remember the "dog collar rings" from the ’60s and ’70s). On the DVD with the Heavy Twisted Wire Collar, I do mention being able to use a small metal coffee can to get the basic curve in the collar, and you can use your hands to get that ‘neck bend’ into it – or make the bends while it is on a test subject, perhaps even yourself while in front of a mirror. However, unless you can find another metal item that the Elegant Collar can be molded on while using a rawhide mallet, I do not think it can be properly made without a neck mandrel.
Answer contributed by Dale "Cougar" Armstrong
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