What is a diz you say? Its a little disc with holes in it to draw fibers through for carding and other fiberish purposes. Its all a mystery to me but Nellie instructs me on how to make them so its all good. I previously made a batch some time ago, and they now seem to be catching on among Nellie's customers (she sells them in her shop Spin-Culture).
A crude plastic diz at work - functional but not very pretty
The concept is pretty simple - I simply made a sort of organic oval shape (actually a variation of a shape I use for bracelet focals) and put the appropriately sized holes down the middle. Spinners like to hold the diz in the palm of the hand so it should be shaped to be comfortable. Today Nellie pitched in to help. She was especially attentive to getting the holes trimmed and cleaned - an improvement over the previous batch - they need to be uber smooth for the fiber to not drag or get caught.
After we were all done I got to thinking, wouldn't it be cool to make this into a combo bracelet focal / diz so that fiber artists can "wear" this useful tool as a piece of jewelry? Hmmm.....
We'll let these dry overnight and pop them in the kiln for bisque fire, then glaze fire a few days later. Nellie will take over applying glaze - she's keen to be more involved in the process. I think the next round I'll try my idea to make them into a combo bracelet / diz. We'll see how that works out - I'll share the outcome of that little experiment when we get to it.