Re: [KnotTyers] Finishing Braids?
If you are stuck on using glue, pun intended, try "SEAL-ALL". It dries rather fast, but not as fast as super glue. It dries crystal clear, and is much more flexible than super glue. You can find it at Ace Hardware, Home Depot, etc. It comes in a tube, but is very liquid, and tends to leave "little strings of glue' when you use it. Don't worry about them, just let them harden, and remove when it has cured. I've used it for twenty years, and keep a tube in my ditty bag all the time, protected inside a piece of pvc pipe I heated and softened before slightly flattening to better fit the tube and take up leSs space.
Also, you may want to look at Vince Brennans' bracelets at http://www.frayedknotarts.com/index.html<http://www.frayedknotarts.com/index.html>. As you can see, he doesn't use clasps, but just the lines themselves to accomplish what you are trying to do.
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Sent: Wednesday, January 10, 2007 11:40 AM
Subject: [KnotTyers] Finishing Braids?
I am having some problems starting and finishing my (550 paracord) bracelets.
If I wedge four or more strands though a 5/8's inch wide side clasp bracelet to
start a eight strand weave, the first inch or so looks ugly because all of the
strands are jammed together....
Ending the bracelet is also a bit of mess... trying to manage eight or more
strands is a PITA.
I have tried a "hot glue" gun to sort of hold some of the strands together and
use the remaining strands to try to tie to the other end of the clasp.
Unfortunately the hot glue does not dry clear and does not seem to effectively
hold on to the paracord.
I am pondering using a "velcro" based closure system. ie cut a good section
out of the braid and seal the ends with my mini butane torch and then glue
velcro to both ends for doing the closure.
Is it possible to somehow glue the velcro to the paracord braid securely?
I asked my wife if our sewing machine could be used. After examining the
braid she asserted that the sewing machine probably could not penetrate
the tightly woven paracord....
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