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Reply #15 - Oct 24th, 2013 at 4:52pm
 
Mirror the last two steps on the right side. You now have a finished knee! Unlike with other common methods, the two sides of the pouch will naturally want to lay parallel when braided this way.

(Although don't braid each of the cradle's sides as far as I did just yet: that was to get stuff out of the way, and make it overall easier to see  Tongue)
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Reply #16 - Oct 24th, 2013 at 4:52pm
 
Once you're about 2-4 plaits past the knee, immediately begin to add material to each of the two sides of the pouch until they are back to the same thickness of the release cord. Since we're not working with loose fibre, I recommend adding one strand to each group for every time a group is braided over. Continue until each side of the pouch once again has the same amount of strands, and is the same thickness as the retention cord. Continue braiding until your pouch is at the length you desire. (For most ammo, I recommend a 5-6 inch pouch, or 13-16 cm. It's good for anything the size of a tennis ball or smaller.)
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Reply #17 - Oct 24th, 2013 at 4:53pm
 
By the time you reach the far side of the pouch, each side of the pouch should be just as thick—if not a wee bit more—than the release cord.
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Reply #18 - Oct 24th, 2013 at 4:53pm
 
Now rejoin the pouch.
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Reply #19 - Oct 24th, 2013 at 4:53pm
 
Now that you've rejoined both sides of the pouch, you should have a massive braid twice as thick as before, called the "belly." This helps to resist abrasion a bit better, it gives the sling a center of gravity toward the front of the pouch, and it even helps give a dandy whip-crack upon release.
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Reply #20 - Oct 24th, 2013 at 4:54pm
 
From this point, you will want to slowly and evenly taper your release cord down to the amount of strands per group that you originally started with. (i.e. as thick as the fingerloop)
Simply remove a strand every 3-5cm/inch or two, depending on the sling's length.
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Reply #21 - Oct 24th, 2013 at 4:57pm
 
Once your release cord reaches the same length as that of the retention cord, you have a couple of choices: you can finish it off with a knot/release tab... Or you can go the traditional route by continuing for another hand-width or so, then tying it off with a simple knot, leaving a tassel.
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Reply #22 - Oct 24th, 2013 at 4:58pm
 
The knot I use is basically a single strand wrapped around the end of the release cord once...
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Reply #23 - Oct 24th, 2013 at 4:58pm
 
...and tucked through itself before blending back into the tassel. (Although I'll often repeat the knot another one or two times, as seen in the following photos.)
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Reply #24 - Oct 24th, 2013 at 5:14pm
 
It not only holds surprisingly well, but it also doesn't make the tassel stick out in several directions. Although if you're using a super-slippery material, like nylon, then I recommend dabbing a very small drop of superglue onto the knot to make sure it doesn't wiggle loose.
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Reply #25 - Oct 24th, 2013 at 5:14pm
 
I went ahead and did the knot 3 times for the heck of it.

As you all probably know by now: with most [natural] fibers, your release cord will gradually deteriorate from the stresses of slinging. As your sling's release cord gradually disintegrates, the extra length the traditional method offers will allow you much more time before the release cord ends up too short. But even then, restoring the sling to it's original length is as simple as unbraiding 4 inches past the damaged/worn section, splicing in new cords, and re-braiding until the release cord is back to it's original length again.
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Reply #26 - Oct 24th, 2013 at 5:14pm
 
There we go! A finished sling. now go break it in.


Before I go, Here's some extra tips and tricks to help you:

*Braid as tightly as you consistently can. A sling involving lots of spliced ends could potentially fall apart on you if braided loosely.

*If you keep the twist of the twine you use going in one direction, one side of your sling will be smooth, and the other will be rope-like with accentuated plaits. For a sling with pretty scalloped plaits on both sides, like in the example above, simply twist groups sticking out on the left side counter-clockwise, and the groups on the right side clockwise. No need to twist the whole length of each group when you do this: you only need to twist the inch or two that's about to be braided over in that specific move. If you want a smooth sling with partially-hidden plaits, you only need to do the opposite: Left, clockwise; right, counter-clockwise.


This marks the end of this tutorial. I hope you find it helpful!

Happy slinging!
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Reply #27 - Oct 25th, 2013 at 12:03pm
 
This is great, I was always curious about the knee and you've demonstrated it very well. Thanks D!
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Reply #28 - Oct 25th, 2013 at 3:35pm
 
Thanks Cool
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Reply #29 - Oct 25th, 2013 at 5:41pm
 
very nice sling. Good detailed tutorial.
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