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Reply #15 - Sep 10th, 2019 at 8:13am
 
Jaegoor wrote on Sep 10th, 2019 at 6:38am:
Ich beginne am Auge mit 12. Das lege ich zusammen auf 24.
Am Brief teile ich auf. 12 links und zwölf rechts.
Pro Seite nehme ich weitere 12 dazu.
Am Bauch komme ich auf insgesamt 48
Das Geflecht ist haltbarer weil die einzelnen Stränge schon gezwirnt sind. Das Geflecht ist dazu sehr dicht.
Original Balearic Slings werden aus einer rohen Faser geflochten. Diese brechen innerhalb des geflechts nach einiger Zeit. Bei mir ungefähr nach einem Jahr.
Mein eigenes Modell hält dagegen seit 8jahren.
Ich schieße im Monat etwa 1000 Schuß. Manchmal etwas mehr, manchmal etwas weniger. Das einzige was ich regelmäßig wechseln muß, ist die schallzunge.
Und auf meinem Brief ist kein Leder.
Meine sling ist mit Bienenwachs getränkt.
Über die Jahre sieht es aus wie Leder. Ist aber keins.


What material do you use Jaegoor?
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Reply #16 - Sep 10th, 2019 at 8:29am
 
Hanf ist mein bevorzugtes Material. 😁
Ich suche zur Zeit Schnur aus esparto.
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Reply #17 - Sep 10th, 2019 at 12:41pm
 
I've actually never used hemp, shall have to order some and give it a go.

My current number 1 natural material is sisal cord- deconstructed, soaked, dried then braid. I really like it, but it's a rather slow process to create and leaves sisal fibre all over the carpet!
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Reply #18 - Sep 10th, 2019 at 4:49pm
 
@Judo
What does the soaking do for the sisal? Is that just to get rid of the curl in the deconstructed cords?
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Reply #19 - Sep 10th, 2019 at 4:54pm
 
Es macht Sisal weicher.
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Re: First attempt at Balearic-ish slings
Reply #20 - Sep 10th, 2019 at 7:02pm
 
NooneOfConsequence wrote on Sep 10th, 2019 at 4:49pm:
@Judo
What does the soaking do for the sisal? Is that just to get rid of the curl in the deconstructed cords?


It does get rid of that mostly, it changes the character of the fibre to make it a lot less springy and frizzy, which translates to a more flexible and clean looking sling. There is also weird glue stuff on it which probably doesn't help.

The effect of water at different points in construction does vary quite a bit. If you complete a sisal sling, then soak it, it will become extremely stiff (you could basically stand it up) then very loose and springy when it dries which is not ideal. You can sort of get around this by drying under tension, or by forcefully stretching the sling- (you will probably need to keep doing this as it tends to regain springyness over time). So its not great, but probably better than sisal without water applied especially if you use thick cord which minimizes the negative effects.

If instead, you soak the cords then let them dry before braiding (they will probably unravel into component cords) then braid with them- you get a nice sling which is slightly stiff (much less than sisal untreated though), but feels bulletproof.

Personally I go one step further and soak/dry under tension this material. This produces a flexible and tough, but entirely non-springy material, which also doesn't seem to lose it's stiffness over time (like the regular cord ones do) so far as I've experienced its got the flexibility of something like jute but can handle much more punishment and just feels nicer.

You do see some people making balearic slings with fibre that is wet during construction, this does make it a bit easier and the resulting sling is lovely and soft but in my experience this causes excessive looseness/springyness, even when braided as tight as I possibly can do.
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Re: First attempt at Balearic-ish slings
Reply #21 - Sep 11th, 2019 at 12:31am
 
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thanks for answering. Great looking sling btw
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