Last night I was sitting spinning when an idea hit me. I've been wanting to try my hand at making some spindles that were a little more special than just the toy wheels and dowels. By 1:30am, I had my first attempt:
That's silver wire and an agate stone. I like how it came out and it spins fine but it's a little out of proportion. I do like the idea, though. I'm going to have another go with a finer dowel and some other stones I've got.
I went to La Bead Oh this afternoon and found some likely items and came up with these:
I did 3 top whorl and 1 bottom whorl. I'm not so crazy about bottom whorl spindles but I'm trying to give them a chance. These are all glass beads and I had very little to do to make them fit. The middle one standing was a little large for the dowel so I used a silver wire to wrap around and fit up through the bead to make it snug. Looks so pretty against the clear glass bead. The 2 standing on the right spin wonderfully and are just the right weight. The others wobble a little bit but they do spin.
I'll post more if I get more made.