The Making of Modern Spindle Whorls in Mali 2

Shapes are first created by hand .... here a new style large domed pyramid.

The surface area is smoothed using the side of a piece of broken car radio aerial.

A hole is drilled in the centre of the bead, initially using a wooden handled metal spike, followed by the hollow piece of aerial, which is left in place to more easily hold the bead. Note the high surface sheen which the addition of oil produces.

Using the edge of a hacksaw blade, Isata cuts grooves into a traditional bicone shape ...

... and starts decorating the top of a rounded pyramid.

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