My husband found a workable rubber grommet for the stone donut (I bought several last summer while on vacation in my home town, intending to make spindles eventually. I guess *eventually* comes out to about 10 months). First, he cannibalized our ceiling fan to try one of the grommets where the blades screw on to the fan itself. Unfortunately, that rendered the fan a little less functional. Luckily, he found another style at the True Value. It doesn't fit quite as well (the groove is a lot narrower), but it'll do in a pinch.
The spindle went together very easily- I don't have a lathe to make the shaft pretty, so the stone will have to do the heavy lifting in that department. I opened up a screw-eye for the hook, and rounded the trimmed dowel ends with sand paper.
I have 2.7 ozs of merino roving (dyed by my friend Dana, and left from a larger project) that I'm using as a test run for this spindle. I didn't get a pic with yarn on it, but it spins just fine- it has a bit of a wobble (the stone itself isn't perfectly shaped, so that affects the balance) but otherwise, it spins fast and holds the rotation for quite awhile. I am quite pleased.
Stats: Shaft 9" (1" above the whorl), the stone whorl is 2" in diameter, it weighs 1.1 ozs (32 gr). I used a 12" x 1/4" hardwood dowel (it's a cake dowel, Wilton probably- got it at Walmart in a package of 12), a 1/2" screw-eye (opened), and a grommet that is 3/8" across, with a 1/4" opening. The grommet holds the whorl in place nicely, but it is adjustable- I could turn it into a low whorl easily. I don't know what the stone is, but I'm guessing Jasper.
I have several more stone whorls, so I'll probably make a few more spindles when I get some more grommets.
I'm playing Grandma this weekend, so probably there won't be any new posts until Monday. Have a great weekend everyone.