Thread Tricks

By Rick Wilson

Here's a tip from the Volume 4 - Issue #5 issue of RodMaker magazine:

RodMaker Magazine

"One of the more helpful things to remember when doing almost anything with thread is that it is made from a multitude of strands which are twisted together. How you handle it will determine how well it behaves, acts and looks.

When I am preparing to make my cut to finish off the thread that came through on my "pull-through" I take care to gently twist the thread in the direction of its manufactured twist. This helps to draw the thread tighter and makes the cutting operation cleaner and less likely to leave frays or wisps of thread ends.

When cutting individual threads for inlays, I will lie the thread down on a hard plastic base and use a razor blade to cut straight down on it. This gives me a clean edge on the cut thread end instead of a frayed end which would result by just slicing the thread in mid-air.

When finishing off my thread inlays, I also use the slight twist technique before bringing the oncoming thread over the inlay thread. This makes for a nice, tight ending to the inlay.

Finishing off decorative butt wraps calls for the opposite technique. Instead of twisting the threads tighter, I use a blunt plastic thread tool to roll over the ends of the threads. This tends to untwist them and make them flatten out. Having the thread ends untwisted and flattened makes it easier to wrap over them. It also means that the overwrap that binds down the ends of the wrap will be less bulky looking.

Metallics can be tricky. Sometimes you need to twist them just a tad tighter to get a clean cut. Other times and with different brands can mean you want to leave well enough alone and not twist them one way or the other. Whenever you need a really crisp, straight edge on metallic thread, the trick on cutting against a hard plastic base or block with a razor blade will do the trick." ~ Rick Wilson . . .Alexandria, VA

Publishers note:

If you have any tips or techniques, send them along! Help out your fellow rodmakers! ~ Publisher, FAOL

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