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Reply #30 - Feb 11th, 2010 at 11:04am
 
If I want to make a natural sling I prefer hemp. Otherwise it's almost all paracord.
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Reply #31 - Feb 11th, 2010 at 12:01pm
 
7 dollars?!?!?!?!?! darn the best deal I've ever gotten with good quality cord i liked was 1 dollar for 350 feet of ok quality jute with dyed in colors.
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Reply #32 - Feb 11th, 2010 at 1:38pm
 
I just spoke with my mother, an long-time knitter.  She says she got a lot of wool yarn laying about including a lot of bits and ends and cut-offs and odd colors.  I think there will be sling braiding for me this weekend Smiley
Then I can compare wool  with other materials.
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Reply #33 - Feb 11th, 2010 at 8:06pm
 
I prefer natural (or at least natural-looking) materials the most.
My favorite slings thus far are braided from hemp. I also like cotton, but cotton tends to have a bit of memory characteristics, thus why cotton isn't my favorite sling material. (Oddly enough, I find cotton twine far more abrasive than sisal when it comes to braiding.) Sisal is fun to mess with on big slings. You just gotta unkink the sling before use, since sisal is fairly notorious for remembering the twists it was subjected to last. (memory)

Acrylic yarn is the material I've been toying around with lately. It looks and feels like wool, but with added rot resistance. You just gotta make it extra tight and dense when you braid it, so it doesn't feel like trying to sling with a strip of foam.

The only material I'm not very fond of is jute, primarily because of how hairy it is. But who knows, maybe in the future I'll get over that and just run the jute sling over a fire or something to minimize the hairy factor. Hell, I may even love it after that. Tongue
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Reply #34 - Feb 12th, 2010 at 5:12pm
 
Hairy it may by, but jute is very manageable.  I like it for making a sling like a Rockman, which requires long sections of string.  It seems to resist tangling better than string made of any other material with a similar diameter.
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Reply #35 - Feb 12th, 2010 at 7:09pm
 
Hemp or parachute cord is my favorite. I like hemp over jute as it's a bit heavier and a bit more solid feeling.
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Reply #36 - Feb 13th, 2010 at 12:01pm
 
Now I have made my first wool yarn sling.  OK it looks cool, but wool is definitely not my favotirte materials, it`s to soft and stretchy.  I`ll post a picture elsewhere.
In the hemp versus jute debate, I like both, jute is a little more comfortable, but it tend to shed buring braiding.
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Reply #37 - Feb 14th, 2010 at 3:49am
 
Update: while it is a bit annoying to braid, as it sometimes want to tangle and stick together, it can be made into a rather good and useful sling.
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Reply #38 - Feb 18th, 2010 at 7:52pm
 
Paleoarts wrote on Feb 9th, 2010 at 12:04pm:
my primary material is waxed flax, generally in conjuntion with leather or hide pouches, though occasionally i'll make an all flax woven sling. flax is an awesome material to work with. supple, yet strong with no stretch. i'll sometimes make all leather slings as well.


Those slings are BEAUTIFUL! I love the pockets, and the little bead on the down cord especially. I wanna try something like that for my next one. Smiley
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