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TUTORIAL: Splicing and tapering fibre
Dec 29th, 2020 at 3:08pm
 
I've had a few requests for this one so thought I'd produce a quick tutorial and accompanying youtube video on the basics of splicing and tapering, using strand twist to lock in the loose ends. It is shown with manila fibre but the technique is applicable to thin twine also.

Youtube video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HazSOCpyjgg

Tutorial follows below:
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Reply #1 - Dec 29th, 2020 at 3:08pm
 
In order to lock in the loose ends produced from tapering and splicing they are twisted tightly into the strand. It will not work well if you just braid across without twisting. Here the cyan arrow demonstrates the rotation direction and the red arrow shows the normal braid movement.
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Reply #2 - Dec 29th, 2020 at 3:09pm
 
To taper the braid, take a strand which is about to be taken over into the braid. Separate out some material which you wish to drop and pull it above the main strand (2nd pic). Now, ignoring the top part twist and braid across the remainder of the strand as normal. Then continue braiding. It is important to cut material from strands, not cut strands out themselves, so the number of strands should be the same over the sling unless you make a conscious choice to *merge* strands. Keep tapering material out evenly from strands (thickest first) to produce the taper you require.

The best way to approach tapering is to not get too greedy and cut too much at a time, the more that is cut in one go the easier it is for the cut strand to come loose, and the worse the braid will go if it does come loose.
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Reply #3 - Dec 29th, 2020 at 3:09pm
 
Splicing is slightly harder than tapering because you have to mix the fibres yourself whilst at the tapering stage they are usually well integrated naturally.

First, take a bunch of fibre you wish to splice in and lay it behind the braid, aligned with the strand you wish to add it to. Then fully untwist both the receiving strand and the fibre you wish to add. To merge the fibres flatten them against each other with your fingers and sorta mush them together a bit. Now twist the resultant strand and braid it as usual.

The same goes for splicing as tapering- keep the additions relatively small and frequent, keep number of strands the same, and add evenly starting with the thinnest strands if possible.
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Reply #4 - Dec 29th, 2020 at 3:10pm
 
Both splicing and tapering will leave a sticky out bit of fibre or twine. Simply snip this off to leave a clean and solid braid, the twist will keep the loose end in the braid if you merged the cord well.

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Reply #5 - Dec 29th, 2020 at 3:21pm
 
Nice!  Thanks Judo!
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Reply #6 - Dec 29th, 2020 at 7:31pm
 
This is great! I'm glad to see that I'm not doing it much differently than you. I like your way of tapering better than how I've done it.
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Reply #7 - Dec 30th, 2020 at 6:02am
 
I've still never made a good Balearic sling this might push me to finally do it. Thanks!
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Reply #8 - Dec 30th, 2020 at 6:57am
 
I already have other plans, but maybe someone (with nothing better to do) could try this for the trash sling challenge!  A banana-peel Balearic would be an impressive contender Grin
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“My final hour is at hand. We face an enemy more numerous and cunning than the world has yet seen. Remember your training, and do not fear the hordes of Judas. I, without sin, shall cast the first stone. That will be your sign to attack! But you shall not fight this unholy enemy with stones. No! RAZOR GLANDES!  Aim for the eyes! May the Lord have mercy, for we shall show none!“  -Jesus the Noodler
 
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Re: TUTORIAL: Splicing and tapering fibre
Reply #9 - Dec 30th, 2020 at 11:46am
 
Great tutorial,  even i understood it.
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