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Kat French's Amber Spindle by Yonaka-Yamako Kat French's Amber Spindle by Yonaka-Yamako
It's finally done! Woohoo!

38+ carats of Columbian amber for the whorl. The spindle is either camel bone or cow bone. I can't recall which now. The shaft that the whorl is held in place is cow bone for sure and the end button is antler. Beeswax keeps things nice and sticky the old fashioned way.

Its total weight is just a smidge over .6 ounces. Can we say cobweb weight anyone?

This is the second amber spindle I've made and not likely the last. They are just too much fun. Now I need to find another piece of amber to play with.
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SkyfireDragon Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015   Artisan Crafter
Beautiful work!
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Yonaka-Yamako Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015
Thanks.
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SkyfireDragon Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015   Artisan Crafter
You bet! :) (Smile) 
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bear48 Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Professional
very nice work
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:iconyonaka-yamako:
Yonaka-Yamako Featured By Owner May 30, 2014
Thank you.
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bear48 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Professional
sweet job
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Yonaka-Yamako Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012
Thank you. I appreciate that.
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Zauberwercker Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wonderful!
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Yonaka-Yamako Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012
Thank you.
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bear48 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Professional
wonderful work
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:iconyonaka-yamako:
Yonaka-Yamako Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011
Thank you.
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Saknika Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2009  Professional Photographer
WOW
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Yonaka-Yamako Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2009
^_^
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Lykaios Featured By Owner May 10, 2009
That's amazing. I would love to have a spindle that nice! How did you order (?) the amber in?
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Yonaka-Yamako Featured By Owner May 10, 2009
I purchased about 30 pounds of raw Columbian amber while the prices were still sane. I made the whorl and fit the spindle to the whorl. I went to eBay and dealt with several dealers in gemstone rough.
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Lykaios Featured By Owner May 11, 2009
Ahh, thanks, And you welcome for the fave :)
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Yonaka-Yamako Featured By Owner May 11, 2009
Note me if you want the names of the folks I got my rough from.
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StarTyrian Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2009
Ooh, this is gorgeous! The recipient is one lucky spinner!
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Yonaka-Yamako Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2009
She's still all giddy and making happy squees. Her going away gift(she's being deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan) is a belt distaff in red oak and hand carved.
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StarTyrian Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2009
Now I have this mental image of a bunch of soldiers in the back of a truck and one of them is spinning. That'd make a great poster.
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Yonaka-Yamako Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2009
Yeah. Cool thing is the Afghani take spinning seriously. I'm hoping she'll learn some of their techniques and come back to show us here. Talk about positive cultural exchanges. Since she's a doc, she'll be there helping out troops and folks that have been impacted by the situation so it's a double blessing if you think about it in those terms. A win-win type of thing. ^_^
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nydwyngreendragon Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Impressive Miss Kate!
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Yonaka-Yamako Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2009
Thanks.
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Skipjacksam Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2009
This is sweet! What are you cutting the Amber with? I have a few pieces somewhere about I picked up in my travels!
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Yonaka-Yamako Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2009
I use a glover's needle to get mey lines in then an X-Acto to go deeper on those lines and shave the amber.

When I want to do something faster, I use the Foredom with dental burrs and sand papers up to 1200 grit and polishing compound to 6000 grit if I want to have a finish brighter than glass. Kinda takes the hand done feel away from it and leaves something most folks say looks like plastic.

I've always wanted to see how they carve amber in China or Indonesia. They do a job on amber that leaves me envious. A few pieces are so spectacular that I have saved the pictures of those pieces and look at them from time to time.

Amber is getting insanely priced too and that has me disappointed. I'd really like to get more.
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Mad-Geo Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2009
This is a very nice piece. I'm sure the good doctor will really enjoy working with it.
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Yonaka-Yamako Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2009
She squeed in delight and hopped and I got hugged, too. I done good. ^_^
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Lizbeta Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, that's a beautiful spindle! :drool:
Almost too beautiful to be used for ordinary wool.
Is ist going to be used at all?
With a whorl of amber it should be very light weighted. Could be nice for silk... *dreams*
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Yonaka-Yamako Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2009
It is just over a half an ounce. Silk, alpaca,viscose, and other very light materials would be excellent choices to spin on this. Cobweb weight yarns and threads.
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