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Where Do I buy string?
Reply #15 - Jul 28th, 2012 at 11:28am
 
Hello,

I have been slinging for a few weeks and I want to upgrade from my cheap string (2mm thick) and cloth sling.

I have seen tutorials on how to make slings out of one long piece of string. Does anybody know where I could buy string?

Also, how thick should the string be? (I want to try making the one that has the string split in 2 to make a pouch, sorry don't know what it's actually called Embarrassed)

Thanks in advance.
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Re: Where Do I buy string?
Reply #16 - Jul 28th, 2012 at 12:08pm
 
Most large department store have string as do most hobby/craft shops.  You can also use yarn.  Baling twine also works.  Commercial fishing and just plain fishing shops have twine, usually synthetic.  Military surplus stores have paracord.  
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Reply #17 - Jul 28th, 2012 at 12:25pm
 
And don't forget that you can buy twine, para cord, and rope at hardware stores. Cord thickness depends a lot on how you make the sling. You're going to have to be more specific about what type of sling ou want to make.
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Reply #18 - Jul 28th, 2012 at 5:21pm
 
Also at euro stores, or dollar stores in youre case, just got some very cheap cotton twine at one such store just today.

If you live near a farm you could get lots of free bailing twine.

Fabric stores, hardwares, building suppliers.

Or just harvest some hawthorn or rose bushes and make a bramble fibre sling!
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Reply #19 - Jul 29th, 2012 at 2:07pm
 
At hobby lobby you can get some excellent jute cord.  I recently got some and love it.  It's a little thinner than macrame core, but not too thin.  And there is a LOT of it on a spool; I've made three slings out of it so far, and have hardly put a dent in the spool.  I HIGHLY suggest it.
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Reply #20 - Jul 29th, 2012 at 6:09pm
 
    Michaels, Walmart, Kmart, several dollar stores, Pine Hill Hardware, Tractor Supply, etc.. even Shoprite.  Shop around.  There are lots of good places.
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Reply #21 - Aug 2nd, 2012 at 12:59pm
 
also camping/outdoor stores and army surplus are great places for paracord.
And garden centres - green garden string is often jute Smiley
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Reply #22 - Aug 6th, 2012 at 11:32am
 
I've been trying to make the T3 sling, and I'm rather confused. I made the single loop like it said in the tutorial. Then I western whipped up the side. However, now I'm left with 2 loops that I don't know what to do with. I have the loop that consists of three strands and will presumably turn into the pouch, and I a loop of 2 strands that is the rest of my rope from doing the whipping. I tried to weave with the loop, bu that doesn't look like what you did. Any help would be appreciated, and I'm sorry if I wasn't very clear. I'll try for more clarification if you need.  

P.S. This isn't so important because I can't even get to this point, but when I tried to weave with the loop I got a flat pouch. Going over the string on one weave and then under it on the other caused it so stay flat. Is there something I'm doing wrong?

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Reply #23 - Aug 6th, 2012 at 3:50pm
 
Hold your horses, where'd you get a loop of two strands?

Try taking a long strand of cord, it should extend from finger tip to finger tip. Then tie a locked sheep shank in the center (it's okay if it's off, that's actually good).

West country whipping is the method that Rat Man and a few others use. It's a nice touch, but if it's getting in the way, then let it go.

So just tie a locked sheepshank in the middle.
Here's a tutorial: http://www.animatedknots.com/sheepshank/index.php?Categ=scouting&LogoImage=LogoG...

To 'lock' it, thread the running ends through the loops. Look at the final step, the loops on the sides are very clear.

Then weave a strand through it. Under, over, under over. Keep it as tight as possible

After that tie a loop on one end, and a stopper knot on the other.

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Reply #24 - Aug 8th, 2012 at 10:20am
 
Thanks for the reply

xxkid123 wrote on Aug 6th, 2012 at 3:50pm:
Hold your horses, where'd you get a loop of two strands?


I got the two strand loop from the leftover cord of the westcountry whipping.
http://slinging.org/forum/YaBB.pl?num=1338672380/0#0

If you scroll down to 12 you should see that it looks like he's weaving with a loop rather than a strand. I can make the sling the other way pretty easily, but ratman posted that he found that this was a better way to make it.
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Reply #25 - Aug 8th, 2012 at 12:46pm
 
Hehe.

I'm in a hurry right now, but check this link out

It shows the weaving and pouch process a little better http://slinging.org/index.php?page=5-strand-woven-paracord-sling-tutorial---jeff...
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Questions about technique.
Reply #26 - Aug 11th, 2012 at 8:55pm
 
Hello everyone,

I'm having some trouble with my slinging. I prefer to sling with the helicopter technique, but my shots always shoot off to the left (I'm righthanded). When I use the underhand technique, my stone usually falls out. Any suggestions on how to fix these problems would be appreciated!

Also, a completely unrelated question: what are Aussie slings? A lot of people on here say there really good, but I can't find any tutorial on them. Do you buy them?

Thanks,

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Reply #27 - Aug 11th, 2012 at 9:18pm
 
If my shots go left while using heliocopter, it is because I increase the speed as I throw to get a little extra force.  Except you shouldn't do that, you brain has made a calculation for one speed, you increase it as you throw, which makes your release late, which makes your shot go left.

Keep the same speed in your rotation, that should stop your left misses.
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Reply #28 - Aug 11th, 2012 at 10:19pm
 
Always start out at a slower pace and work on technique before you add more power. Start with tennis balls when you are still working on your control. Safety first!  If your stones are falling out of the pouch, you are probably getting a bit of slack in you cords. It can happen if you don't maintain a smooth rotation in your throw. It may also me that your sling pouch is not quite centered. Put a ball in the pouch and hold it still, if the ball leans alittle to one side or the other it can easily fall out during your rotations.
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Re: Questions about technique.
Reply #29 - Aug 11th, 2012 at 10:56pm
 
HunterGatherer wrote on Aug 11th, 2012 at 8:55pm:
Also, a completely unrelated question: what are Aussie slings? A lot of people on here say there really good, but I can't find any tutorial on them. Do you buy them?

HunterGatherer.


 Go to the trading post section and scroll down till you see the Aussie pouch thread.  It's pretty close to the top, and will explain everything.  

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