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Braiding Disk
PostPosted: Tue Oct 28, 2014 4:50 pm  Reply with quote
asemery
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Take a square of cardboard and cut off the corners to make an octagon.  I used the top of a pizza take out box and made a 4" square (size of square is not critical).    Cut a 3/4" (again not ctitical) slit on center of each sine of the octagon.  Cut a hole in center of square.  Take 7 strands of cord and tie overhand knot in one end.


Push overhand knot in center of hole and put one strand each in seven slits  leaving the empty slit in the East (3 o'clock)  position.  Clip a light weight (bulldog clip) to the knot.  


I find it easier to move the disk in a counter-clockwise direction but you can move the disk clockwiase as long as you are consistant.  Count over 3 positions clockwise and take the cord there (red cord, south-west position) and move it up to the empty slot.  shift the disk counter-clockwise so the empty slot is in the East (3 o'clock) position.


That is all there to it.  Count over three clockwise, move the cord there to the empty slot, and turn the disk so the empty slot is at the East.







Will bring us to here.  When  the white cord is moved to the empty slot the cords will once again be in the be starting order.





Continue in this manner until finished.  Tie end in overhand knot.

You will get an unholy mess on your hands if you don't straiaghten out the cords from time to time
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 29, 2014 1:29 pm Reply with quote
Shiseiji
 
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Man could I have used this last spring when I was asked to make a 5 color wedding rope for my niece! As it was I used a piece of Styrofoam and quilting pins . . .

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 30, 2014 10:42 am Reply with quote
asemery
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Here is one project with the braiding disk.  I started with almost 4' of threads to make a 1 foot usable length of cordage.  In the middle of the 4' of the yarns I braided for about 2".


I folded the braid in half to form the loop and re-strung the braiding disk with doubled threads.


I braided until the ends got too short and ended up with a 1' long section of braid from end of loop to end of braid.


If the doubled cord is too thick you can thin it out.  After the first few rounds you can start cutting one of the strands in each slot.  Do this gradually maybe one cut every other round and the braid will thin out.  The ends will be hidden in the braid.  


Here is a very handy soft shackle to hang items from a belt loop, belt or for that matter from anyhwhere.  Put the knot on one end through the loop in the other end.  


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