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Re: elk hide sling build along
Reply #15 - Jul 6th, 2009 at 2:58pm
 
okay. here's the finished cup.
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Reply #16 - Jul 6th, 2009 at 3:01pm
 
next comes the cordage. i use flax twine. i select 6 strands approximately 8 to 10" longer than what i want my sling to be, making sure they are all the same length.
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Re: elk hide sling build along
Reply #17 - Jul 6th, 2009 at 3:02pm
 
i put 3 of the strands together in a vice and do a simple braid.
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Reply #18 - Jul 6th, 2009 at 3:08pm
 
once braided, i loop it over my fingers and pinch it down. i use a loop over my bottom three fingers. if you like an index finger or wrist loop, adjust accordingly.
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Re: elk hide sling build along
Reply #19 - Jul 6th, 2009 at 3:10pm
 
at the point where i pinched, i open up the braid and put the end through.
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Reply #20 - Jul 6th, 2009 at 3:13pm
 
just above that, repeat the process. through one side, and back through the other. then trim right above it.
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Re: elk hide sling build along
Reply #21 - Jul 6th, 2009 at 3:16pm
 
next, using waxed flax (any strong thin string will do) i wrap the braid starting at the loop end and work towards the cup end.
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Re: elk hide sling build along
Reply #22 - Jul 6th, 2009 at 3:18pm
 
once you've covered the cut off end of the braid, just tie it off and you're done with the loop.
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Re: elk hide sling build along
Reply #23 - Jul 6th, 2009 at 3:22pm
 
on to attatching the cup. thread the braid through the upper hole on the INSIDE of the cup! this is the important part. make sure it's the INSIDE going out.
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Re: elk hide sling build along
Reply #24 - Jul 6th, 2009 at 3:24pm
 
thread it through the lower hole going from the outside in.
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Re: elk hide sling build along
Reply #25 - Jul 6th, 2009 at 3:28pm
 
now is the time to size your sling. after this step there will be no adjusting it. adjust the length by pulling the braid through both holes. if you have a set measurment in mind, fold the cup over and measure it out. once done, fold the braid back on itself and trim to about 1/2" beyond the end of the tab.
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Re: elk hide sling build along
Reply #26 - Jul 6th, 2009 at 3:35pm
 
next, pinch the tab around the braid and, starting from the cup side, wrap the tab and braid together. continue wrapping until you're past the cut ends of the braid and then tie off. note: make sure the tab doesn't fold over when wrapping. you want both sides to cup the braid. in cross section it would be the letter 'U' with the braid resting inside.
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Re: elk hide sling build along
Reply #27 - Jul 6th, 2009 at 3:37pm
 
finished, it should look something like this.
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Re: elk hide sling build along
Reply #28 - Jul 6th, 2009 at 3:44pm
 
almost done! reapet the braiding process on the other three strands. then repeat the process attatching the new braid to the cup. now, make your release tab. i use bone because it's cheap, durable, heavier than wood, and looks cool! but, you can use anything you want. or nothing at all, for that matter. in which case, you ARE done. but for those who want the release tab, let's continue....like i said, i use bone. it's roughly about the size and shape of a military dog tag.
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Re: elk hide sling build along
Reply #29 - Jul 6th, 2009 at 3:49pm
 
next, i even up the ends of the cup and put it in my vice. i thread the release tab onto the open ended braid and then put my fingers in the loop of the other. stretching both tight, i adjust the release tab and braid until i have just the right length i want. i pinch the open ended braid over the release tab.
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