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    DIY Whoopie Slings HELP!

    Hey gang,

    We have watched a number of videos on how to make our own Whoopie slings. I thought this would be a greatthing for me and my son to do together and both of us could learn some cool stuff. Not so yet.

    I ordered some Amsteel Blue 1/8" line that is 12 strands for the simple fact that I figured it would be just a little stronger. We have yet to be able to "bury" the end of our line very well. We have tried the "cello tape" technique, as displayed by a British sounding guy, we have also tried the "fish wire" option also and just can't seem to get the rope to feed back through itself as easily as shown.

    Are we missing something?

    Are their some tips and tricks we need to be aware of?

    We were hoping to get this down so we could share it with our Scout troop, but I am not confident with our technique enough to do so.

    Any help is appreciated.

    Thanks Krazy and Kiddo

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    Try cutting 4 strands out of the 8 strands to get you started. Post pictures so we can help better. Thanks.

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    One thing that I found really helps (especially with smaller diameter lines) is to work you way down the area that will take the bury and expand the rope by placing your hands about an inch and a half apart and pinching between your fingers and pushing your hands towards each other. You should see the braiding open up. Gently work your way down the area to accept the bury and open up the braiding first. Also +1 on the taper. That is more important on the larger diameter ropes.
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    As georgemaung mentioned, you need to taper the end first. There is a pic in the suspension forum in one of the sticky threads. Tapering is not only important for making it easier to bury but it also is recommended my the manufcturer to avoid sudden changes in diametre which can be a point of failure.
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    I also had difficulties at first until I purchased large, inexpensive "plastic yarn needles" from W-Mart. I think you'll also find them to help a lot.

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    +1 on the green yarn needles from walmart

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    Are you tapering the end before you attempt the bury? Taper, taper, taper!

    My opinion is to skip the "cello tape" and stick with a piece of wire folded in half or (my preference) a Dritz Loop Turner.

    Be careful when you start the wire into the amsteel and again when it exits that you are routing it between the strands. If you split a strand it will be hard to start the bury.

    Here's a pictorial I posted way back illustrating the steps to a bury. Using a folded wire is done just like the loop turner.

    Here's a thread from yesterday on the subject. Check out posts 11, 18 and my video linked in 19.

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    +1 on the Dritz Loop Turner. It makes things very easy to work with.

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    We are using 12 strand, 1/8" Amsteel. Should I have gotten the 8 strand 1/8" or even just succombed and gotten the 7/64" stuff? Do the higher strand count lines open up less?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Krazyjohnny View Post
    We are using 12 strand, 1/8" Amsteel. Should I have gotten the 8 strand 1/8" or even just succombed and gotten the 7/64" stuff? Do the higher strand count lines open up less?
    My first whoopies were made with 1/8" 12-strand Amsteel and a plastic yarn needle from Joann's. It was hard to squeeze the needle through, but if you milk it up and over the eye, it works well. Tapering the end is key. I seem to remember with the 12-strand 1/8" I took out half of the strands (3 sets of two strands).

    Now I bought a spool of 7/64" and have been using a knitting needle and loop turner that seems to work even better than the yarn needle. The knitting needle is big enough to open up the braid pretty wide, and the loop turner goes down the opening and pulls the tapered end back out. Taper is still the key, though with the 7/64" Amsteel, I only pull out 4 strands. US #5 knitting needle works well on 7/64" Amsteel, but I think I would get a #6 if I had it to do over again just to make the opening a tad bigger.

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