Ring Shank Bending Tool Giveaway!

Drop what you're doing & enter our giveaway for your chance to win a Ring Shank Bending Tool!

Congratulations to our winner:

Lynne S.

Here’s a chance to add a beautiful ring shank bending tool to your jewelry studio! This piece of equipment is built by Pepe Tools using the highest quality materials combined with precise machining. It will mount to your workbench, has self lubricating bronze O-Lite bushings and requires minimal maintenance. Includes one hardened steel die, a heavy duty mounting bolt and an allen key.Β Visit our XT186 item detail pageΒ to watch a video on how to use this product.

Ring Shank Bending Tool

1 lucky winner will be chosen!
Wholesale value: $150.00

XT186 - Halstead Ring Shank Bending Tool

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  • This tool is awesome! Right now my husband has to “man handle” my heavy gauges to wrap around my ring mandril. This would definitely make me more independent πŸ˜€

  • Wow I never knew this tool even existed. How cool. I have always wanted to try making rings from spoons and forming metal just right to make a ring is not that easy for me. This would help me out quite a bit. Thanks for the chance to win this prize.

  • I make jewelry as a self taught silversmith. I sell to local friends & family or Facebook. I had a stroke and can no longer work normal. So this would help me so much with bending my wires as my hands don’t have the strength & mobility used to. Thanks so much!

  • What a cool tool! So smooth and the edges line right up. This would make life so much easier. Nice. Hope I win it. Thanks for the chance to.

  • I am taking jewelry classes at a local community center and I would love to share this tool with the others in class. I think we would all enjoy using it to create spinner rings and other ring shanks and it would make our experience creating rings a lot of fun.

  • After watching the video I have to say I love the ease of use and how the metal isn’t marred. I think a tool like this would also make the process easier on my hands (trigger fingers).

  • Wow! The possibilities are far beyond what I thought they would be after watching the vid. I like working with thicker stock, so this would REALLY help with moving that into a round form. Best of luck to all!

  • This tool looks amazing! I would love the opportunity to be able to make the designs in my head and in my sketch book come to life with the use of this tool.

  • Finally moved my bench into my new place and I’m slowly collecting tools to continue making jewelry and get my business going. This tool would be a fun addition to help me experiment and produce more pieces πŸ™‚

  • I saw this and thought “Ooh Wow” what I could do with this, this would help me to shape my wire weave rings perfectly where the help is needed

  • This would be a livesaver for me! Having arthritis, I’m finding it harder and harder to form rings and this tool would be a God send!

  • OH MAN! I’ve been doing so much hollow ring forming lately and fallen in love with it! This tool would make it so much easier to form the shanks in the beginning of the process and to help me prep for soldering the rings together!

  • The Ring Shank Bending Tool will definitely make it easy to make professional looking ring shanks. The handle, the multiple sizes and set screws all add to the ease of using this tool.

  • This would be so cool to include this in my set of bench tools! I’m slowly building up my tool collection, as finances allow, and Pepe seems to make some of the most awesome things that fit with my currents needs/wants.

  • I want to start making a lot more rings and believe the Pepe tool would help me reach that goal easier and faster. Thank you for the opportunity πŸ™‚

  • Wow! I just watched the video on using this ring bender. It would certainly make creating rings easier than my ring mandrels do, Loved the copper and silver ring made in the example. Thank you for a chance to win it.

  • I have started to lose strength in my hands due to arthritis. This tool would be so helpful. Thank you for the opportunity!!!

  • I have been fighting for disability for over four year now. I have had 6 back surgeries and have a disease in my spine along with fibromyalgia and narcolepsy. Because of my pain I am very limited to the amount of physical activity I can do. About a year ago I started making jewelry as a way to keep my mind strong and feel like I am still remotely useful. However; due to the length of time it takes to get approved for disability, and a pay cut my fiancΓ© recently had to take, I have been forced to try to turn my hobby into a (very) part time job. I have been selling jewelry online and at trade shows once or twice a month. I work so hard at these shows, just trying to stand or sit the entire show with limited breaks, that sometimes I literally can’t walk for several days afterwards. I am trying to find more ways that I can set my jewelry apart from the crowd with the goal of not having to do the shows anymore and be able to profit enough through online sales only. I’m not trying to be the next Alex & Ani or anything, I just want to afford groceries every week without continuing to pushing my body to its limits. I am hoping that this could be the answer. I currently don’t make any rings and this ring binder could be just the right tool for me. I could add homemade rings to my inventory and maybe even learn how to use this tool to make other things, like large ring necklaces or even frames for my hand cut coin pendants. Please consider me for your generous giveaway, it could truly make a difference in my life. Thank you.

  • I am hoping ,this will get my creative juices going again! I haven’t been able to make anything and I freeze when I try!! and being Fri. is my 80th birthday, I would it would be the PERFECT gift ,I would love to get back to my jewelry making..THANKS for the chance <3

  • This tool would be a great help to me in my shop. I teach “Spooning with Nancy” which we make jewelry out of sterling anf silver plate flatware.
    I stay away from makig anf teaching spoon rings because they are too difficult to get a good form.
    My husband, Paul, teaches “fork bracelets.”
    Therefore spooning with Nancy leads to forking with Paul. πŸ™‚

  • This looks great. I’ve been having problems with my hands so this would really help me make my own jump rings for jewelry and clasps and other things.

  • I love moving metal, and am always looking for tools that will help me do that. I have arthritis and carpal tunnel, so have definitely learned to work “smarter”. I love the Pepe tools I already own, and this would be a welcome addition, although I am sure I would use it for more than just bending rings!

  • This tool is perfect for me, on my new jewelry designs, Im using a lot of 2 colors metals on my rings and that would lbe so helpful, as much as I am careful my pliers always leave some marks, I’m super excited to up level my rings by having a better tool!
    Thanks for the opportunity Halstead πŸ™‚

  • What a great tool. It will be exciting to be able to shape rings so easily. Especially the fused argentium wire ones that I have made. This will open up some exciting possibilities.

  • I would love to win something like this… just moving into metal smithing and this would be a huge help to me both in making beautiful creations AND being able to put the money I would save toward more tools from Halstead!

  • The ring shank bending tool would definitely help me out as I get started on learning to make rings! I’d love to learn how to do it with good equipment the first time around, rather than messing up my creations and having to re-learn! Thanks for the opportunity!!

  • I would love to have this ring bending tool for my new shop I am setting up in my garage. What awesome new ring designs I could make!

  • This ring shank bending tool is a definite “must have” in any jeweler so studio. I would be happy to own this and it will make the task of bending rings so much better.

  • I have been looking at ring tools… I have a hole in my jewelry line, and that is rings!!! I have even gone as far as to purchase various spoons to make spoon rings, but need to tool to do it, but this tool just isn’t in the budget at the moment, but winning this tool would help get my jewelry to the next level, as I really, really want to start doing more fabricating and metal smith type of jewelry!! Please help me take me work to the next level!! πŸ™‚

  • A ring shank bender would make such a huge difference in my studio! I make more rings than anything and the ability to move more smoothly between rings would make life so much easier!

  • Oh my gosh, where do I start! I recently began making spinner rings and had no idea how popular they would be at shows. I really struggle with getting them bent smoothly and correctly. This tool would help so much and really help increase my skills. Pick me, pick me! (Geesh, I sound like my dog when he wants a treat)

  • I would love this tool! I am expanding my jewelry making business and this would certainly help me improve my ring making skills.

  • Having a ring shank bender in my studio will increase my efficiency when making lots of rings therefore increasing my profit! Would love to have this tool in my studio.

  • I have long admired this tool. I make multiple rings every week and have heard good things about this tool!!

    My hands would love this tool. It will make quick work of making the edges flush for soldering and cutting ring making time in half or more!

    My brain would love this tool, because there’s nothing more frustrating than a 1/2″ wide copper or sterling silver rings edges not meeting for soldering and having to saw it apart to start all over.

    Whoever wins it will be a very happy camper!! What a great giveaway!
    Good Luck!
    LindaBoBinda Doubek
    LindaBoBinda’s Designs

  • My daughter wears a sterling silver spoon ring that I made when I was 12. This tool would have been so helpful back then as orders from classmates started coming in. I made my bending tool by carving a groove into a block of wood my Dad had in his workshop. I then used his rat-tail file to get the groove just right. A cloth covered pipe and plastic mallet completed the set up. My daughter has inspired me to get back into my creative passion and this tool is just what I need to get started!

  • Wow this would help me in my jewelry making greatly. I have been wanting to start making wire wrapped rings. this sure would come in handy.. πŸ™‚

  • This tool will change my life! I love upcycling my collection of sterling silverware into rings and keyrings and pendants! I have Myasthenia Gravis which is a neuro-muscular disease characterised by extreme muscle weakness. This tool will allow me to continue to pursue my passion! Good luck to all!

  • This would really help with making my rings and making them look neater. It would be a great tool to help expanding my jewelry making business.

  • My ring making tools consist of an antique mandrel in an iron holder and a homemade 1/2 pipe and rod. Would feel “so” professional with this tool! Gotta a lot of silver spoons to work on.

  • Would love to get the opportunity to have such a piece, I recently just started on my jewelry making endeavor and would loveβ™‘ this!

  • Having MS any tool that makes it easier on my hands when they go numb to keep enjoying what I love is amazing!!

  • This would speed-up production time, enhance accuracy, and save materials in the long run. Looks well made.

  • This would be a great addition to the tools I have been slowly acquiring, just started making jewelry 6 months ago.

  • I am just starting to create my work room, I just purchased a large work bench that weighs 250 lbs. fir my meral working. I would love to win this!

  • I have not really made rings as I have to bend the shanks around pipes and other things, this would be a game changer for me.

  • I have been wanting to expand my jewelry making skills to ring making and this prize would be a great start

  • What a cool tool and a great video. I have a hand held ring making plier but it doesn’t even compare. I just started making new cool rings using sheet metal & wow this would make everything look so much better. Have to have it!

  • I’ve had plenty of jury rigged shank benders and none of them last long enough to make up the cost. I can’t afford to purchase a good quality one right now, my kids need therapy more than I need a ring shank bender. Thanks for the chance at getting some decent tools back into my studio!

  • I’d love any Halstead tool to help me create a higher quality workmanship. And this ring bender expands my design possibilities!
    Good luck to anyone who wins!
    *** Cristy

  • This looks like so much fun and this tool makes it look so easy as well. I have been wanting to get into metal work to expand on my existing jewelry work. Starting small with rings is ideal. My husband always says having the right tools for the job makes work much easier. This looks like a mandatory tool to have!

  • it would help me by getting my rings perfectly round. right now I’m doing it by hand using bottle caps or anything else I can find

  • I currently use a tapered mandrel to make rings, which involves lots of flipping the ring to get both edges even. It takes so much longer that way. This would be SO useful and would encourage me to make more rings. Thank you for yet another amazing giveaway!

  • I’ve been working on turning an 18 ft travel trailer into my studio for the last 8 months… I’m finally to the point that I can start buying the equipment I need to start living my dream of making jewelry for a living. This would be wonderful to have in my new studio! Thank you Halstead for all you do to support artisons.

  • I need this ring tool because of my disability. I get chronic migraines and can’t work. On my good days I make jewelry and I enjoy it immensely. I sell it for an income, which isn’t much, but it helps with the bills. I have great joy in making my customers smile. It brings tears to my eyes as I type this. Thank you for this opportunity.

  • It is my passion to work with metal and I love to make rings but my small hands don’t have much strength in them to bend metal. It is really difficult at times to shape rings when I work with heavier gauge metal. Winning this tool would not only help me work more efficiently but it would save my hands from hurting so much when I am making rings. Thank you!

  • This amazing ring bender would look great in my studio….The ring bender would become a work horse for me and save my hands from working so hard!!!!
    This ring bender would take my work to a new level and makes the short list for tool must haves!!!

  • I need this so I can use more liver of sulphur and take advantage of the photo lighting tips to photograph all the beautiful rings I will produce…. πŸ™‚

  • I LOVE this tool! It would be such a great addition to my studio as I make glass ring tops and I really dislike using prefab ring shanks! I would love to be able to make my own!

  • A running joke amongst my students is that I have hands of steel and a disclaimer is always in order whilst using my super human finger strength. It was actually recorded with a dynamometer as an abnormally high reading in my early twenties. This tool would not only give my students confidence that bending metal is not a laborious task, but further enrich their lives and mine with an ease and grace while metalsmithing.

  • With RA rings are the absolute hardest things for me to shape.. I love using large gauge half round wire for quick stack rings.. This would be my ultimate tool… I always try to make several at a time when my fingers are less stiff/swollen because when I don’t have a lot of time soldering the rIngs is a huge stress reliever.. You can do so many things with them. This tool woukd let me make them when I wanted with less strain on my fingers and hands

  • I am new to metalsmithing. I am trying to build my studio as well as my business. I think this tool will help me create rings much faster. It will also look in my studio. πŸ™‚

  • What a great tool! With this tool I can really get my rings looking good and be more accurate in the sizing. I can also come up with some awesome new designs. Plus I love adding new tools to my bench. Thanks Halstead!

  • A ring bender would increase the speed and accuracy of the curves I utilize to create my earring designs as well as ring shanks! I would love to add it to my tool arsenal, along with my forging station.

  • This ring bender would increase the speed and accuracy of the curves I bend to design earrings, as well as ring shanks.

  • A fun addition to my jewelry making supplies! It would be a perfect surprise to show my jewelry-making friend when she comes over to work with me in my studio!

  • I have wanted one of this beauty for years! It would help me get ready in no time for the holidays orders that are coming later on this summer πŸ™‚

  • My hands are slowly beginning to become unbendable from Arthritis, this tool would be so wonderful to assist me in continuing my jewelry journey.

  • Fantastic giveaway! I am learning to work with metals, and would love to have this in my studio. My goal as an artist is to make everything from the ground up to ensure quality and originality. This tool would help me do that.

  • Would love to have this tool. Bending wire would be so much easier with it. Also, it would be a nice tool to share with my students when I teach. Thank you for having a fun contest.

  • I am just starting my handmade jewelry business and I make metal dapper and stamped rings. This will make it easier to get started. I love to try new things and learn to improve my skills.

  • What an awesome give away! This tool will be a fine addition to one’s workshop. Bending wire made easier. Thanks you Hastead Beads!

  • I would really love to win the ring shank bending tool. I live in a small town (Ketchikan Alaska) and have very few acess to equipment and been doing wire work last year and beading for many years now, I would love to be able to silver spoon rings.I have very little strength in my hands not counting 2 bad shoulders. Ring shank bending tool, would help out a lot. This town now survives on tourist business. Really not many people doing hand made jewelry, since i no longer able to work any regular jobs. Jewelry is how i make a little money at.
    Thank your
    Jeanne Moon-Abbott

  • This would be a great addition to our teaching studio and a wonderful example of how specialty tools can make everyday tasks much easier.

  • soooo much easier than the way I do it. Think of all the pretty things you could make….endless possibilities.

  • Because of arthritis I can’t bend heavy wire, so I’m unable to make anything. Would love to take my jewelry making to the next level!

  • This would be a great tool help showing younger generations of inspiring jewelers that you dont need brut force to move metal. Also it would defiantly help in bending thicker gauge silver and gold wire.

  • This would definitely make bending wire easier. I have been making jewelry for over 12 years and wanted to try something new. I don’t have tools like these so it would be awesome to have them.

  • I have begun to learn how to incorporate custom metalwork into my jewelry designs. Having one of these would enable me to create a better quality ring shape and help me to continue to grow as a jewelry artist. πŸ™‚

  • I would use this tool to make a variety of rings for males and females. This would be a new project for me to learn how to do.

  • I have had multiple sclerosis for 15 years and rheumatoid arthritis for 7 years. Both affect my hands to cause pain and weakness. I had a jewelry studio in my home with tools that could help me to still work on my craft. In Oct 2012, Hurricane Sandy flooded our home and I lost 90% of my tools and supplies which had taken me years to aquire. After 8 months of rebuilding, I was ready to start to restock my studio, but that was not to be, as I was diagnosed with breast cancer in Oct 2013. I finished surgery, 6 months of chemo and 6 weeks of radiation in Sept 2014. Since then, we have been financially strapped and once again my studio restock has been out on hold. This would be a wonderful tool for me to help me with my ring making as the MS & RA have progressed and hammering and hand forming have become too difficult for me. Watching the video, I was excited to see how easy ring forming could be and I was encouraged to think that I could possibly look forward to working on it again one day.

  • The older I get the harder it gets to bend ring shanks and heavy wire. I would have no limitations in my design process with the Ring Shank Bending Tool. Thanks for offering such a great giveaway.

  • ANY tool from Halstead is one that I’d love to have in my studio!!! Through the years, I’ve upgraded my tools one at a time. This would make a lovely functional addition to my collection, and I know that I’d use it regularly.

  • This bending tool would add another great addition to my set up. It would make it so much better on my hands since arthritis seems to be coming on .

  • This would be a BIG help to me and my 11 year old daughter, who’s really getting into making her own jewelry. She LOVES rings, this would make it where we can make metal/ wire wrapped rings often and not just make beaded ones and I won’t have to purchase her anymore rings. Plus I have arthritis and this would make it a lot easier and we could do more jewelry making together!

  • I’m opening up a gallery to sell my jewelry in 9 months. The ring shank building tool would allow me to build ring stock more efficiently. Plus, when the gallery is in full swing I’ll be able to do on the spot adjustments for customers.

  • I just watched the videos about this tool. All of the tools that are available now are so amazing. I didn’t know about the ring shank bending tool. It would really help me making rings as I’m not as strong as I once was.

  • Oh! This would be such a blessing. My fingers, ESPECAILLY thumbs are getting so darn painful. with arthritis …this would be so wonderful to help with ringside I’m really starting to struggle. Thank you for the opportunity and good luck to all!!

  • Would love to have one of these especially after reading lots of the reviews as it would make bending my ring shanks oh so much easier and precise. Seems like I could use it to make perfect hoop earrings too.

  • This tool would be of great use to me as It is hard for me to do a lot of bending using my hands because of arthritis. I want to make jewelry as long as I can.

  • This would be a fantastic tool for exploring new ideas! I am relatively new to creating rings and this ring bender would open the door to all sorts of new ideas. I love to create unique, one of a kind pieces :). Having quality tools allows me to think outside the box. I can only imagine the rings and other jewelry that I could make with this tool!

  • I would love to have the ring shank bending tool as it would add to my jewelry making adventures! I love making jewelry and would absolutely love to do nothing but make jewelry. I’m always impressed by other artists creations and imaginations. Jewelry is an awesome way of self expression.

    Dinah L. Mettetal

  • I would love to have this ring shank bending tool. I am just starting out and would be so grateful for any additional tools to assist me with jewelry making. Cool tools are awesome!!!

  • Wow – this is so cool! I primarily make earrings and pendants – this would expand my offerings by making rings that much easier to form. A larger version for bracelets is on my wish list too!

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