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    Making Whoopie Slings and Soft Shackles ?

    Wondering what kind of DIY tool everyone is using to make these. I saw someone had posted using a guitar string I think. Anyone else have a suggestion?

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    I use guitar string for zing-it but prefer a yarn needle for 7/64. Yarn needles have a large eye and can be purchased at WM among others of course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shotgunred View Post
    I use guitar string for zing-it but prefer a yarn needle for 7/64. Yarn needles have a large eye and can be purchased at WM among others of course.
    Those are two of the tools I use as well. I like the guitar string and use it on all sizes, but anything larger than Zing-It and it can split the weave...which isn't something you want. So a larger gauge helps.

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    I use a length of craft wire that is about 1mm in diameter folded in half. The length depends on the project I have a few different ones cut. 8" for a DynaGlide Soft Shackle Prusik up to about 20" for whoopies.

    I think opie uses a similar tool...
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    You'll get lots of different suggestions on this, but you can save time by searching. This has been covered before in other threads.
    Some posibilities:
    - computer network wire (CAT 4, 5, or 6 untist a twisted pair and use a single strand; leave the insulation on)
    - Dritz Loop Turner (product #647)
    - hollow knitting needles (tricky - I suspect Puckerfactor is the only one who knows how to do this )
    - plastic needle (about the same size as the "yarn darners")

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    I just grabbed two flat spools of green floral wire - 22 and 24 ga. Snuck it in while the wife was shopping at Michael's. The larger works great with the 7/64 and the smaller with the 1.75 and 2.25. I also bought a pack of two larger plastic needles (no idea what they are called, but about 2 " long) These help a lot with the 7/64 to open the braid and to make the entrance/exit points. There are certainly better tools, but these really work just fine, no need to spend the big bucks.

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    I use a carpeting needle, eye is big enough for 7/64 and the tip is small enough to make mason's line workable.
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    electrical ground wire

    I was desperate one night so I found some leftover electrical wire and cut the ground wire. Worked good until I could get to Joannes and get some floral wire, number 18 for amsteel but need smaller for the zingit and other small pieces.

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    Thanks everyone, I reckon I will go shopping later today and see what I can find.

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    First off I went to ACE Hardware and got some wire that is about 3 foot long. Two different sizes. Then I went to a Craft store and got some Flower wire and some short stubby needles to work with braided mason line in the near future.
    I think the stiffer wire from the hardware works best, no problem at all, getting it to slide through the middle of the rope.
    Thanks for all the replies...........now I reckon I will try to make some items.......thanks again

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