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Straightening Braided Slings
Jan 23rd, 2017 at 2:41am
 
With the recent sling making contest starting up I thought I should get some practice in so went and made two slings in quick succession from cotton string, a simple braid with a split pouch, and what usually happens, happened: they went twisty. These days, because my braiding is much better than it was, I've found the twists gradually reduce with use and aren't that extreme anyway but I thought I'd try and speed up the process especially as one of the new slings was VERY twisted so I wetted it down and then hung it up from the retention loop and attached two hand clamps onto the release cord to hold it straight. After leaving it to dry, it's now beautifully straight. I've now gone through almost all my braided slings and any that have a bit of a twist I've put through the process and its really worked out great so far. I don't know how long it will last or if they will eventually revert but at least for now it's been a great success. I can post before and after pictures later today.
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Reply #1 - Jan 23rd, 2017 at 6:56am
 
Before,
Strung up,
Close up of the clamps,
After.

It's turned out much straighter so it seems like this really is a good method.
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Reply #2 - Jan 23rd, 2017 at 9:02am
 
Spritsing and stretching works well on sisal too.
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Reply #3 - Jan 23rd, 2017 at 12:29pm
 
This is great advice - thanks!
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Reply #4 - Jan 24th, 2017 at 4:29pm
 
Trying it out. I hope i achieve similar results. This Sling is my best one so far but its twisted a little bit.
I dont have any clamps so im counting on the pull of the wrenches  Tongue

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Reply #5 - Jan 24th, 2017 at 4:51pm
 
The one member here Huntsmanslings. He would wet his sinsal, and let some dumbells hang off of em.
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Reply #6 - Jan 25th, 2017 at 1:36am
 
Worked like a charm, great tip!
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Reply #7 - Jan 25th, 2017 at 2:09am
 
Great! I have to warn you, I've noticed they do twist back a little once they are dry and have been flexed around a little. It seems mine aren't quite as bad as they were anyway though do it still seems worth the effort.
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Re: Straightening Braided Slings
Reply #8 - Jan 25th, 2017 at 7:31am
 
You can also straighten with heat.

Seen a balearic guy do his over a half barrel bbq Smiley
I just leave mine on the radiator.
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Re: Straightening Braided Slings
Reply #9 - Jan 25th, 2017 at 9:21am
 
I wonder if inducing a set into the fibers would affect it's tendency to twist?
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Reply #10 - Jan 25th, 2017 at 11:22am
 
Hello,
Im new to the site
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Reply #11 - Jan 26th, 2017 at 9:30am
 
Yeah with this method they do twist back after a while. At least to some degree. I didnt get to try it out again, so i dont know if using it will reverse the straightening even more.

But even if it twisted back a little, it is better than before.
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Reply #12 - Feb 12th, 2017 at 9:44am
 
Hi, I never have had such a problem. How do you braid them?

When I use fibres from a rope I separate each strand into a bunch of loose fibres, and then I do the braid twisting each strand outside the braid, right strands to the right and left strands to the left, and it finishes completely flat.

Just like Mr. Diego Camuñas do in this video.

https://youtu.be/-ouNR6djZy4?t=1m29s

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Re: Straightening Braided Slings
Reply #13 - Feb 12th, 2017 at 10:24am
 
Stretching damp yucca fiber
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