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Rock Knock Off Holiday Edition is here!
I started making spindle angels years ago. I was inspired by Ballard Design’s Bunny Williams Holiday Angels when I opened their catalog to make one more. Theirs are $19 for the small one and $29 for the large one.
Mine are free, made with spindle and things on hand.
Older spindle angels
This picture is a spindle angel I made years ago. During the late 90’s and early 2000, I made home decor items. I sold them to shops along the central coast of California. During the holidays I made several spindle angels. Each one was different. This angel was large and the shop used her as a window display.
Notice my photography skills have improved!!
Making another angel
After seeing the angels in Ballard Designs I was inspired to make another spindle angel. I realize my knock-off is not exactly the same as in their catalog, but these angels are true to my style….and free!
I dug through my pile of spindles and found this one along with a piece of old wood from a broken chair.
It’s the piece that attached the back to the seat in the photo above. I saw angel wings! My friend had several of these chairs that were damaged. So she gave them to me and we had a blast taking them apart for the spindles.
Glad I kept the angel wing pieces!
Assembling the angel
For wings in the past, I’ve used pieces of wood to jigsaw wings like in the large angel above. The angel I kept has a wood onlay, or scroll for wings. I’ve also used additional small spindles and a piece of broken plate for wings. Wish I would have taken pictures.
Maybe not, they would look like the one above. :/
Halos in the past were rusty wire like the small one I kept, beading like the large one above. I also used round wood onlays.
I like my Ballard Designs inspired spindle angels. But which came first??
You might notice the red spindle from my spindle tree last year. Yep, I took it down after the holidays last year, just like the regular tree. I’m making a smaller version of the spindle tree for this year. Stay tuned…
I love spindles! Here’s proof, 10 things to do with a broken spindle.
I working on 10 more things to do with a broken spindle.
I find spindles at yard sales, thrift shops, and curbside. Usually from broken furniture…and many times the broken furniture is free!
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