I am making cuff bracelets anywhere from one inch wide to two inches
wide and I get a little frustrated with shaping them. I have a
wooden bracelet mandrel. I start with the piece of silver sheet
centered on the mandrel and then I start bending it with my hands.
It seems to go okay at first, but when I get to bending the sides in
after the sheet is started around the mandrel, it gets out of shape
and I have a hard time holding it. I also have some forming pliers
now that help me refine the shape some, but I wonder if I am using
the mandrel correctly. Do you rest it against your workbench and
push against it? How do you hold the silver in place on the mandrel
while shaping the sides? Tricks? Comments?
J. S. Ellington