2 thoughts on “spindle whorls and loom weights”

  1. We found either spindle whorls and loom weights or they might be the small things using for copper crucibles burned over fire and it then makes copper nuggets after they break the crucibles.

    I need to talk to about them and what do with them.

    I apologize, I had a stroke and difficult communication by writing the words. My talking is OK, more or less.

    1. Hi Mike,
      I’m sorry it took so long to answer. My server hasn’t been very good about notifying me about incoming messages.
      It’s hard to tell without seeing them. Spindle whorls tend to be smaller and weigh only a few ounces, where loom weights tend to be much heavier since they need to be heavy enough to pull the threads of the warp down. Another clue is that it is necessary that the holes be in the center of a spindle whorl.Loom weights tend to have (but not always) a hole near the top. They might also have some wear from where the strings were pulling on them.

      I haven’t seen the smelting crucibles that you describe. When I’ve done experimental copper smelting I can usually get the metal and slag out of the crucible without breaking it.

      Please feel free to contact me with photos or more questions.

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