Thursday, December 30, 2010

DIY - Diz

I think I have a spinning addiction. I have so much material for this blog right now that I want to post up regarding everything that I've learned, etc... But it's so much and honestly I only have a few moments right now.

So I thought I'd post up a quick DIY on how to make a diz. A diz is used in fiber preparation to pull  fiber top from a comb or hackle into roving. It's a simple handy tool that makes things just a tiny bit easier.

Here is a quick video I found from joyofhandspinning  on youtube on how to use a diz:

So I started off trying to make one from polymer clay. I sort of gave up on that diz because I found it to be too soft. That's when I had the brilliant idea of using jewelry pendants. You know the ones you can get from any craft store for only a dollar or two? Yep!

All you need is a pendant or two and a power drill.

Pick out the drill bits that match the size you want your diz hole to be (lol, diz hole) and drill into the center of the pendant (Be sure to use the proper safety precautions when using power tools).

It's just that simple! Really :)

The cool thing about using pendants is that they are usually already very decorative and pretty and you can take it a step further and make your diz into functional jewelry. Possibilities!

Here are the ones I made : All three pendants are from Walmart.

Another quick side note- I was looking for something to make a plying template like this one but I didn't want to pay a whole lot for it. What did I find? It's actually kind of funny, I wonder if anyone else has ever thought of it, or maybe I am just a pioneer. I like to think that the latter is true. Please don't burst my bubble, it's fragile :P

Uh, so anyways, what did I find?

A sink drain! It's pretty, it's got plenty enough holes to keep my single ply yarns separated and equally tensioned. I'd say this is just about perfect! I haven't tried it yet, but I just *know* it works like a dream.

I feel so accomplished. Especially with my new craft area being completed. I feel so much more crafty just being in it. Wouldn't you?

Of course this is just part of the area, but the other part is still being cleaned and reorganized, so no pictures of that just yet :P


  1. Nice idea. Thanks for sharing.

  2. a wonderful idea! Also shells from the beach, Maybe even a small drain for a bar sink. A plastic spoon drilled with holes. Even metal ones.