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Old 2012-12-14, 1:26pm
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Question Gripping miscellaneous items for lampwork

I'm interested in wrapping glass around items other than mandrels. Does anyone have any advice on how to do this?

Pliers come to mind, but I don't want to have to pinch the entire time--I'd be afraid I'd loose my grip and drop it.

Hemostats also come to mind, but I couldn't easily rotate the object in the flame.

Ideally, it would be something like a pin vice, but with a larger opening, that I could put any random shaped object into and it would still grip. Does something like this exist?

Thanks so much!

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Old 2012-12-14, 1:34pm
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You can make something like this:

http://www.etsy.com/listing/48811649...rod-holder-for

Get whatever grabber size you need and glue the handle end into a piece of pipe or wood or something.

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here:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/JEGS-Perform...5d9e63&vxp=mtr

search vintage carpenters tools as well. Basically these large pin vises to hold a variety of drill bits were standard before the electric ones took over.
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Felicia posted this one for skeleton keys. You could probably modify it for other things.
http://www.lampworketc.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=234487
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Old 2012-12-15, 5:54am
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I use hemostats and I have no problems with rotating once you get used to it.
Another option would be the short rods grabers, I have some from Carlo Dona : http://www.carlodona.com/english/pro...mpworking.html
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Old 2012-12-15, 7:00am
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Perhaps a peg leg tool?
ajusting the metal pins would let you grab different shapes.

Larger alligator clips may also work if you can solder the clip to a mandrel.
Most of the cheap ones are flimsy but you hardware or RadioShack might have better quality.
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Old 2012-12-15, 7:07am
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I have the hold-me-tight from Graceful Customs.
http://www.etsy.com/listing/39026944...ght-rod-holder

It has an incredibly strong grip if whatever you're wanting to grip would work in its end. I love it for glass rods - it has saved me a ton of glass. It would not be the easiest to continuously turn in the flame, though, due to the non-round handle shape.
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