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Drcline

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Stiffening rope
« on: December 13, 2010, 07:09:32 AM »
Hello all,
I am planning on making some rope jewelry for Christmas gifts (specifically from the 'Nylon Novelties' booklet).  I was wondering: how can I 'stiffen' the final product?  I was planning on using paracord as it is a nice size and easy to work with.  So is there anyway I can 'starch' rope or should I just use glue?

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Dave

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Re: Stiffening rope
« Reply #1 on: December 13, 2010, 09:21:56 AM »
Hi Drcline

Have a look at this thread regarding finishing solutions. It might contain the info you need (in particular post #10)

http://igkt.net/sm/index.php?topic=734.0

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Re: Stiffening rope
« Reply #2 on: December 13, 2010, 01:31:38 PM »
I personally would have thought that stiffening the cord would make it a little uncomfortable to wear? Or maybe that is just me "little princess!"

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Re: Stiffening rope
« Reply #3 on: December 13, 2010, 02:21:29 PM »
I don't know the contents of the specific book. But if I needed to "permanent" the work, I'd immerse it in laminating epoxy. You will need a vacuum pump though, to get it properly soaked through. My guess is that the piece(s) should be picked up just before the mix starts to gel. Else it will drip off leaving voids. Also look out for droplets.

I'm using my epoxy for other things, so I am merely suggesting the steps above. Practice makes perfect.

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Re: Stiffening rope
« Reply #4 on: December 13, 2010, 02:48:08 PM »
I second this advice; > "Hi Drcline

Have a look at this thread regarding finishing solutions. It might contain the info you need (in particular post #10)

http://igkt.net/sm/index.php?topic=734.0

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Re: Stiffening rope
« Reply #5 on: December 13, 2010, 03:01:05 PM »
Paracord and wood glue. It could perhaps work. Do try. To me it feels wrong. When the water evaporates, the hollow tubing will have little support from within.

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Re: Stiffening rope
« Reply #6 on: December 13, 2010, 04:33:59 PM »
Thoughts to consider.

Will the object need additional supporting to stand?
Will it be mostly Three dimensional, such as a Turks head knot?
Will it be "used" in anyway other than decoratively?

There are ways to supplement the knot(s) that could be invisible.

Depending on the actual tying, which by the way, will help us help you if you were to disclose what they are, I am going to venture that a stiffening agent such as "mod-Poge" or thinned wood glue will handle the needs.
The previously mentioned thread, by Transminator, should give you plenty of decisions to make. ;-)

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Re: Stiffening rope
« Reply #7 on: December 13, 2010, 05:11:29 PM »
A title like this with 6 replies and no asprin jokes??? lol

You might consider this braided cotton cord from PJ and need less or no additional stiffening.
He thinks they treat it with asprin...LOL
http://www.khww.net/forum/viewthread.php?thread_id=985&highlight=asprin&pid=9671#post_9671

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Re: Stiffening rope
« Reply #8 on: December 13, 2010, 05:21:05 PM »
LOL Rick,

Not all rope is "dysfunctional".

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Re: Stiffening rope
« Reply #9 on: December 13, 2010, 06:23:40 PM »
The knots would be two dimensional laid flat.  Guess I will try it with different cordage and see what works.  Thanks all, I will try that diluted wood glue suggestion.

Dave

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Re: Stiffening rope
« Reply #10 on: December 13, 2010, 06:35:03 PM »
A title like this with 6 replies and no asprin jokes??? lol

You might consider this braided cotton cord from PJ and need less or no additional stiffening.
He thinks they treat it with asprin...LOL
http://www.khww.net/forum/viewthread.php?thread_id=985&highlight=asprin&pid=9671#post_9671

Vigra is the pill they treat that stuff with. LOL...
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Brian Kidd

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Re: Stiffening rope
« Reply #11 on: December 14, 2010, 02:07:32 AM »
LOL I tried that once, I'm talking about typing the word in, lol, and the forum auto changed it to aspirin.

Good luck, Dave, and be sure to post some pics and the results for us.

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Re: Stiffening rope
« Reply #12 on: December 16, 2010, 01:54:33 PM »
I have sometimes used metal wire as a core to cord that I want rigid while in a particular position, where I want to take a photograph. I just push the steel wire into the center of the cord, whether braided or laid. It can be bent, and it is difficult to straighten out, but it can stay in just any odd shape till I'm done with what I'm doing.

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Re: Stiffening rope
« Reply #13 on: December 16, 2010, 02:18:28 PM »
What a great tip Ink! Thanks for sharing.
Would you mind if we added it here?
http://www.khww.net/forum/viewthread.php?thread_id=480&rowstart=0

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Re: Stiffening rope
« Reply #14 on: December 16, 2010, 02:29:09 PM »
What a great tip Ink! Thanks for sharing.
Would you mind if we added it here?
http://www.khww.net/forum/viewthread.php?thread_id=480&rowstart=0

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