Tuesday, November 29, 2011

New Spindles-Andean/Peruvian Style and Top Whorl Drop Spindles

Here are a few of the newest spindles in our Etsy shop.  Two are Andean style bottom whorl drop spindles, and the other is a mini top whorl drop spindle.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

New Handspinning Tools

We have added new handspinning tools to our Etsy shop this evening.  Lap support spinning bowls, mini top whorl drop spindles, Andean/Peruvian style bottom whorl drop spindles and a regular size top whorl spindle were listed.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

1.3 Ounce Swiss Pear and Bloodwood Tibetan Support Spindle

This beautiful support spindle weights 1.3 ounces (37 grams). The bloodwood shaft measures about 11 1/2 inches in length, and the whorl which is crafted from Swiss pear, measures about 1 3/4 inches in diameter.

Padauk and White Ash Tibetan Support Spindle and Bowl Set

This beautiful Tibetan support spindle weights 1.2 ounces (35 grams). The white ash shaft measures about 11 3/4 inches in length and the whorl, which is crafted from padauk, measures about 2 inches in diameter.

Accompanying this spindle, is one of our originally designed support spinning bowls that combines the efficiency of a ceramic surface with the stability of a wide beautiful wooden base. The ceramic insert measures 1 3/4 inches in diameter, and the gorgeous padauk base is 3 inches in diameter and 2 inches in height. Cork has been added to the bottom of this bowl to keep the wood from scratching other hard surfaces.

We are making the ceramic inserts for our support spinning bowls in a variety of glazes, and no two pieces ever come out of the kiln the same. Your padauk and ceramic support spinning bowl will be one of a kind.

This Tibetan support spindle and matching bowl set can currently be found in our Etsy shop.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

New Andean/Peruvian Style Drop Spindles

Four new Andean style drop spindles were listed in our Etsy shop this evening.  Andean spindles are suspended drop spindles with no frills...no hook, no notches and no grooves. They were developed to spin long-staple alpaca and other camelid fibers native to the Andes. Spinning is done off the side using a half hitch.

Dave has made these spindles in the same affordable and basic fashion as the original Andean spindles with one exception--he mounts the spindle whorl blank on the shaft, and then turn and shape the whorl and shaft together to achieve a well balanced spindle. Dave's reading and research on Andean spindles indicates that the whorls are shaped first, and then fitted on a hand shaped (sometimes not too straight) shaft. He assumes that one benefit of this is that once a shaft is worn out the whorl can be removed and fitted to a new shaft, but he just cannot bring himself to make a spindle that wobbles, so these whorls are permanently fixed and balanced.

Friday, November 04, 2011

Three Graces Ceramic Cameo Adjustable Rings

We have just added the "Three Graces" ceramic cameo rings above to our Etsy shop.  We have been collecting vintage and antique cameos for some time and have made some stunning molds from them to use in our "Good Dirt Jewelry" earthenware clay jewelry collection.

White earthenware clay and various glazes were used to create these beautiful "Three Graces" ceramic cameo rings. The ceramic cameos have been set into gorgeous adjustable gold plated rings.