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

That's brilliant, I love it Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: October 05, 2011 04:50:40 PM »

Awsomeness Cheesy
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« 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! 
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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
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« 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!
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« Reply #6 on: October 07, 2011 09:40:46 AM »

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

Amazing!! Great work!
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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
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« Reply #9 on: October 27, 2011 05:45:23 PM »

DUDE!!!!!  Sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeet!!!!!!!!!! Consider yourself pinned.
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