A Crafts Community For Craft Ideas & DIY Projects - Craftster.org
Help | About | Contact | Press | Advertise | Terms | Site Map
Welcome, Guest.
Please login or register.
Random Tip: Need help? Click the HELP link at the top of the screen to read the docs or ask at the Help Desk.
Total Members: 296,600
Currently Running With Scissors:
661 Guests and 18 Users
Home Craftster Community Crafting Articles Craft Tutorials My Craftster Crafting Calendar City Guides Craft Shop


Pages: 1 2 [All]
Jump to page:
  Show Images Only     Send this topic  |  Print  |  Bookmark  
Topic: Fast and cheap spindle  (Read 3434 times)
Tags for this thread: craftster_best_of_2011  Add new tag
Share the love... Pin it Submit to reddit add to Wists
1+
 
LaughingLark
« on: October 05, 2011 02:07:34 PM »

I've just recently discovered that I love spinning on a high whorl spindle. I wanted to have a larger one, and I am totally broke right now. I thought maybe I could try cutting our some discs of cardboard and glue gunning them together to make a whorl. Couldn't hurt to see if it would work...

I ended up gluing six of them together. I used a thin corrugated cardboard from a toy package I was about to throw away. Next, I poked holes in the center with a pen before I glued them. I did this in a hurry, just to test out the idea, so it is not as neat as it could be. Then I put on a quick coat of acrylic paint.
Once the paint was dry, I glue-gunned some buttons around the edge to add weight at the outside edge, so my spindle would spin longer. Added a small cup hook to my dowel and I was done!


I would love to make other spindles this way, in other sizes. I'm thinking to neaten them up around the outer edge by using a layer of papier mache, sanding them, then painting and decorating them.

Just think, all the spindle sizes we want for the cost of the dowels (97 cents for an assorted bag), and some cup hooks!

If you want to check out high whorl spinning, here is a great youtube. It is more ergonomic and faster than twirling the spindle repeatedly with your hand.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s99KZZOZ4q4
And this book is awesome:
http://www.amazon.com/Spinning-Old-Way-High-Whorl-Handspindle/dp/0966828984/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1317848549&sr=8-2
THIS ROCKS   Logged

Antidigger
« Reply #1 on: October 05, 2011 02:56:53 PM »

That's brilliant, I love it Smiley
THIS ROCKS   Logged

Look twice, buy once. Nooooo
Look twice, decide I can make one instead.
Tiny_viking
« Reply #2 on: October 05, 2011 04:50:40 PM »

Awsomeness Cheesy
THIS ROCKS   Logged
Belladune
Fiber Arts Moderator
Tutorial Contributor

Friend of Craftster Friend of Craftster

crazy crafty momma
Offline Offline

Posts: 11997
Joined: 04-Sep-2008

'darn kids, they were pesky from the start' D. Lee


View Profile WWW
« Reply #3 on: October 05, 2011 07:58:55 PM »

fantabulous!  I can't wait to see more of these with the papier mache covering! 
THIS ROCKS   Logged

LaughingLark
« Reply #4 on: October 06, 2011 04:12:20 AM »

Thanks! I am wondering if we should have a craft along for making spindles out of whatever junk we have around the house, or from thrifted parts. I would love to see what everyone would come up with. Smiley
THIS ROCKS   Logged

OspreyWife
Offline Offline

Posts: 239
Joined: 04-Jul-2010

Proud Marine Wife, Crochet & Spinning Addict


View Profile
« Reply #5 on: October 06, 2011 08:08:52 AM »

Pretty! You did a great job, can't wait to see the other ones you make!
THIS ROCKS   Logged

nikschaf
« Reply #6 on: October 07, 2011 09:40:46 AM »

Great job!!
THIS ROCKS   Logged
missmuppy
« Reply #7 on: October 07, 2011 06:17:43 PM »

Amazing!! Great work!
THIS ROCKS   Logged
LaughingLark
« Reply #8 on: October 27, 2011 05:43:41 PM »

 I made a couple more of them this morning. These are made with cardboard, bling-covered bangle bracelets I bought for under a dollar, and some plastic parts from artificial flowers. Oh, and a lucite flower I put on the blue/green spindle.

I glue-gunned them together, and then painted them quickly with paints I have on hand. I don't have many colors right now. Next time, I will paint the inner whorl part before I glue the bangle in place. It will look neater. These spin long and fast, and I love them. I will make more as soon as I find more bangles that either have stones or something that can act as a notch.



These will be way fun to spin in public with, on a sunny day. Sparkly!  Cheesy
THIS ROCKS   Logged

Belladune
Fiber Arts Moderator
Tutorial Contributor

Friend of Craftster Friend of Craftster

crazy crafty momma
Offline Offline

Posts: 11997
Joined: 04-Sep-2008

'darn kids, they were pesky from the start' D. Lee


View Profile WWW
« Reply #9 on: October 27, 2011 05:45:23 PM »

DUDE!!!!!  Sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeet!!!!!!!!!! Consider yourself pinned.
THIS ROCKS   Logged

jasminewolverine
Jack of all trades, master of none!
Offline Offline

Posts: 305
Joined: 02-Aug-2011

Extrapolate that!


View Profile WWW available for personal swaps
« Reply #10 on: January 23, 2012 11:06:51 AM »

I just saw this on the Best of Craftster 2011 (congratulations!) and what an awesome idea! I had seen spindles made on the cheap before, but they never, ever looked this good! And what a smart idea to use cardboard, I really hadn't considered that, to get a lightweight top whorl spindle. I will have to give this a try!
THIS ROCKS   Logged

I would love to do a personal swap for stuff for my lonely, empty walls!
sweets4ever
Administrator
Tutorial Contributor

Friend of Craftster Friend of Craftster

Offline Offline

Posts: 40989
Joined: 18-Jan-2005


View Profile
« Reply #11 on: January 23, 2012 11:36:54 AM »

Congrats!!

You're a Craftster Best of 2011 Winner!

Craftster Best of 2011 Winner

Feel free to use this badge as your avatar!
If you'd like to use it as a badge on your personal website or blog, you can grab the full code at the bottom of this page.
THIS ROCKS   Logged

Craftster has gone mobile!!  Read the news here.
Jane2
« Reply #12 on: June 02, 2012 08:45:59 PM »

And if we make our own spindle, it will improve our spinning ... right? lol
My fingers are crossed.
THIS ROCKS   Logged
A2K
Friend of Craftster Friend of Craftster

Offline Offline

Posts: 6101
Joined: 07-May-2007

arf arf!


View Profile available for personal swaps
« Reply #13 on: June 24, 2012 04:37:51 AM »

LL -  I shared this with a friend who just bought alpacas and wants to learn to spin!  I did a mini lesson with her with one of mullerlanefarm's spindles and thought the High Whorl would be a good second lesson. 
THIS ROCKS   Logged

Momof2!
Friend of Craftster Friend of Craftster

Offline Offline

Posts: 968
Joined: 24-Oct-2011


View Profile available for personal swaps
« Reply #14 on: June 24, 2012 05:57:00 AM »

Wow, I'm glad I clicked on this thread. I don't know anything about spinning and never looked into it because I always thought you had to have an expensive spinning wheel. I will be studying on this "hand spinning" some more. Great job on them too, so cute!
THIS ROCKS   Logged

I need peg people for my daughter. Personal swap anyone?
LaughingLark
« Reply #15 on: June 24, 2012 06:52:10 AM »

Thanks! The bangle spindles have taken a beating, since I carry them around with me and spin on them a lot at the park. Still going strong. You'd be surprised how sturdy cardboard can be. Hoping to have the time to make some more spindles soon. If any of you have made spindles, I would love to see them!  Smiley
THIS ROCKS   Logged

Threads you might like:
Pages: 1 2 [All] Jump to page:
  Send this topic  |  Print  |  Bookmark  
 
Jump to:  



only results with images
include swap threads
advanced search



your ad could be here!

How-To Videos
How to Use the New Features in Adobe Acrobat Lesson 1
Introduction to Adobe Encore - Overview
An Overview of Adobe Acrobat Lesson 3
An Overview of Adobe Acrobat Lesson 2
An Overview of Adobe Acrobat Lesson 1
Latest Blog Articles
Tute Tuesday: Fabric and Felt Bird Ornament
Cardboard Tube? Craft Supply!
Spotlight on: Art Dolls

Comparison Shopping




Support Craftster
Become a
Friend of Craftster

Buy Craftster Swag
Buy Craft Supplies
Comparison Shopping

Craftster heartily thanks the following peeps...
Moderators

Follow Craftster...






Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Powered by SMF 1.1.11 | SMF © 2006-2009, Simple Machines LLC
SimplePortal 2.3.5 © 2008-2012, SimplePortal
Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!

Copyright ©2003-2014, Craftster.org an Internet Brands company.