Medieval style bead spindle, blue & gold handmade historical glass whorl, cherry supported spindle, wool spinning, light weight spinning

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Medieval style bead supported spindle, cobalt blue and gold handmade lampwork glass lace or light weight wool spinning tool, whorls with handmade cherry spindle stick for support spinning. Whorls have a mildly tapered hole. These whorls and sticks are based on historic whorl finds with modern twist. This pairing has a transparent cobalt blue background that has been rolled in real gold leaf. Choose the option that suits you best- spindle stick with one whorl or two, or just the whorls by themselves.

If you already have a spindle stick, please read specs below carefully to determine whether it is likely to fit. Whorls may not come on precise stick pictured, but it will be essentially the same- cherry made by Hershey fiber arts.

This pairing spins quite well when whorls are used either alone or together. To find the 'sweet spot', put on the larger whorl and adjust it, then add the smaller whorl and adjust it. Think of the options~ two whorls, just the larger whorl, just the smaller whorl~ change things around as the weight of your newly spun yarn changes! O-rings to help keep whorls in place are provided.

Small Whorl weight~ 17g; 1 in. diameter and 5/8 in. tall, hole is about 3/16 inch at largest end.
Large Whorl weight~ 20 g; 1 1/8 in. diameter, 3/4 in. tall, hole is about 1/4 inch at largest end
Stick with both whorls~ 40 g; with small whorl alone~ 22g; with large whorl alone~ 24g
Length of spindle stick~ About 10 in; stick protrudes about 1 1/2 in. below large whorl, 5/8 in. below small whorl. The spindle stick in this listing is made by this shop:

This Medieval inspired spindle is bottom-weighted and best for spinning lace weight or light weight yarn. It is a light weight two part spindle~ removable glass whorls make it easy to transport. See below for more information about using this hand spinning tool. Removable whorls can be moved around the spindle stick and adjusted to find the spinning 'sweet spot.' Please be sure the whorls are on right side up~ holes are mildly tapered to fit stick.

About these whorls~ Each can be used alone for lightweight spinning, together and separately as your cop gains weight. See specs above. If buying small whorl alone, please check where your current whorl rides on your tapered stick to determine if this is likely to fit beneath it. The small whorl will fit below most whorls on spindles here:

Curious about how to use these ancient tools?
You can read about them on my blog

Watch some videos of them in action with simple instructions for use here. Video features my friend from missingspindle who know a lot about historical spindles and helped me with development of these.

Find out more about me and my passion for glass here!

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OOAK- Each glass whorl is individually handmade and one of a kind. Even I could never make another one exactly like it.

SRA #A39 (self-representing artist) art glass from Isinglass Design; all of my beads are handmade lampwork (flamework) glass made by me, properly kiln annealed and well cleaned. The glass used in this whorl is the same as that used to make glass beads in Italy (Murano).

TT team, Cgge team, Aretsy team, LE team, SRA, SRAJD

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Preparation takes 1-3 business days
Arrives from the United States
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Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
Request a cancellation within: 2 hours of purchase
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
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  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
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I want you to be happy with your purchase. Anything can be returned for any reason within fourteen days of receipt for a full refund, minus shipping. You must contact me before returning an item to me so that I can make sure it is shipped to the correct address. EU buyers, please see special details in the 'private receipt' information.
Although all pieces are properly kiln annealed, it is still glass, and should be treated with some amount of care.
If a piece breaks in shipping, you will receive a full refund (including shipping costs), unless you prefer to have another similar piece. If a piece breaks at a later time, a replacement will be made. Depending on the circumstances, you may also be offered the choice of a full refund or replacement piece.

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I do have reduced pricing for large orders and take custom orders. Please contact me for information.