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Old 2012-12-30, 10:05am
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Does anyone recognize this tool? A lampworker friend sent me this picture but she is not sure who makes it, thanks!

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Old 2012-12-30, 10:12am
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Looks like a Jim Moore stamp:
http://www.toolsforglass.com/store/c...tml#HandStamps
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Old 2012-12-30, 10:14am
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I thought so but not quite. They different a bit.
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Old 2012-12-30, 10:18am
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could it be from http://www.leonardolampwork.com/index.php?p=home
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Old 2012-12-30, 10:21am
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That might be an easy one to carve yourself out of graphite in case you can't find one?
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Old 2012-12-30, 10:36am
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No it is not from Leonardo either.

Keep trying folks hehe

I would much rather purchase it than fuss around with making one right now, thanks for the suggestion though.
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Old 2012-12-30, 11:15am
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http://www.perlenpresse.de/epages/63...gories/Stempel

But you can make your own with some heavy gauge wire (or a bent mandrel). I'll see if I can find one I made and take a pic.
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Old 2012-12-30, 11:22am
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Ok. Couldn't find the spiral so I made a new one a took this pic (all in less than 5 mins!)



You can make any design you like. I have triangle, square, spiral, zigzag...

I save the tiny mandrels (.045) I use for making earring beads once they're bent and just use them for these and other stuff. (poking, dragging, etc.)
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Old 2012-12-30, 11:35am
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Shawnette, thanks for posting the pic. I just had a thought........you know the wig wag tool for wirework? Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

Now where did I put that thing....
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Made another with a tighter spiral. The only tools I used are small needle nosed pliers and wire cutters.

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Old 2012-12-30, 11:48am
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What type of wire and what gauge? I have all the wirework gadgets here as I use to make wirework jewelry full time.
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Old 2012-12-30, 11:58am
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I use bent mandrels, .045", which is a little smaller than 18 gauge. The wire needs to be somewhat stiff. I don't think it really matters what kind, other than I wouldn't use silver. That would be an expensive tool, lol.
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Woah, great idea to use the mandrels, thanks!
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Old 2012-12-30, 4:37pm
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I have seen this sort of tool on Ebay and other places for those peeps that use the wax seal stamps... Some of them are made of brass and would lend themselves very nicely to glasswork. You can even order fairly reasonably priced taylor made ones from some companies too.

It is one of those things I have thought about, but then the laziness jumps up and slaps me in the face I am put it off till later LOL

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Old 2012-12-30, 5:17pm
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Another one, but obviously not exactly the same one:

http://www.dichroicimagery.com/produ...ducts_id=95883
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I think Shawnette was on the right track - isn't this almost identical?

http://www.perlenpresse.de/epages/63...ucts/23_3-0002
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Similar but in graphite.
http://artistryinglass.on.ca/SPIRAL-DESIGN-PUSH.html
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Made another with a tighter spiral. The only tools I used are small needle nosed pliers and wire cutters.

I've done the same thing with old bent mandrels. I have several spirals, and a few other shapes. I heat the mandrel to cherry red and bend with strong needle nose pliers.

I must say that's a great spiral, Shawnette!
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I think Shawnette should sell them!! hinthint...I would certainly buy one. I have tried and can never get a spiral like that one.
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Old 2012-12-31, 1:16pm
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yupp she should!
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I was in Harbor Freight the other day and picked up a 1lb pack of .041" Stainless Steel Lock Wire:



Easier to shape than the mandrels and pretty cheap. The regular price was $7.99 and I had a coupon for 20% off.
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