I’m always looking to make the perfect drop spindles. Lightweight, durable, pretty, and easy to spin. Despite my love of wood, I went with acrylic tops so I could use heat shaping after cutting.
On this sample, you can see the square shaft (easy spinning, no slippy head), the curved top, and the fitted base (improves balance and handling characteristics). That’s angora (bunny) spun straight from the fluff.
Opaque acrylic lends itself to masking techniques for easy designs; clear frosted gives a lovely faux iridescence when alcohol inks are applied.