I didn't realize how time consuming the prep work is for the TwisTi spindles. Dave and I were talking about it last night. The time on the machine is the quick part. Once the spindle is machined, an intensive cleaning and polishing process starts. I learned last night that the spindle is sanded using at least 4 different grits of sand paper before being polished. After it is polished then it is thoroughly cleaned to remove any of the skin oils so that best colors can be achieved during the flaming. The flaming itself takes a steady hand and patience, if you go too fast you miss the colors and need to start the whole process again. Once the flaming is done and the spindle is cool enough to touch, then it can be press fit into the outer ring. At this point, the top is now ready for bearing insertion. Once that's all done, it's time to test spin the top to check for any issue. If there are no issues, the top is then cleaned one more time and sealed up for you.
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