If I’m totally honest, assembling resin spindles for the shop is not my favourite task. It’s monotonous work, and spending time at my lathe gives me a shoulder tension, so I can’t do it for long. However, the final part, where I polish up the whorl is very satisfying. It’s during that stage that the colours of the embedded objects really come to life, and it’s often then that I think, “uh-oh, here’s another one that’s going to be really hard to part with!”.
Here are some I finished today. I love them all, but the Astrantia one was one of those whorls that transformed from “meh” before polishing, to stunning when finished. It’s in the shop, but if it hangs around there for long, I’m taking it back…
Perennial sunflower spindle:
Macbeth’s Witches Spindle (with a passage from Shakespeare’s Macbeth, and a sprig of wild bryony inside):