Sometimes when I have mandrels that bend or get wonky, I make plant pokes. Here's some flowers I made recently. These were the first ones I made - I made them quickly because I was afraid they would crack from thermal shock, so they aren't the greatest. I wanted to get a feel for how to make them! But now that I do, I see myself making a lot more of these! Cuz those 1/16" mandrels don't last all that long!