The Unflippable Presses, Straight Sided Lentil or Nugget, use the curved mandrels, to create a curved channel for the bead cord to be thread through. This curve keeps the bead from flipping freely on the cord, like a straight mandrel channel would allow.
This press has a mandrel groove designed to accommodate both the curve and 1/8" diameter of the Curved Mandrels. The press may be purchased on it's own, but will need the curved mandrels in order to use the press. It will not work with standard straight mandrels.
The finished beads measure:
Straight Sided Lentil (Large+): 32mm (1.25") x 14mm thick
Nugget (Large): 24.5mm (1") x 15mm thick
We recommend using the curved mandrels with FosterFire Regular Bead Release. Other releases, that need to have the bead twisted in order to break the seal and remove the bead, will not work well with these mandrels. We have provided you with bundles of presses, mandrels and bead release for easy ordering.