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Topic: Frayed ends
Message: Posted by: stannmaple (Nov 6, 2004 07:15PM)
I'm relatively new to rope magic. I just went out and bought about 50 feet of rope for an upcoming gig. I want to do professor's nightmare. How to I keep the ends of the ropes from getting frayed after I cut them so I can use them for a while? Any help is appreciated. Thanks
Message: Posted by: Jim Wilder (Nov 6, 2004 08:46PM)
Take the ends of the rope and dip them in white glue. That will cure the problem.
Message: Posted by: stannmaple (Nov 6, 2004 09:44PM)
Hey Jim,
Nice to run into you again. Thanks for the help. I'll do that.
Message: Posted by: Ollie1235 (Nov 7, 2004 05:22AM)
Or you can tuck the ends inside themself, but that's only if you've removed the 'core'.

Message: Posted by: Werner G. Seitz (Nov 7, 2004 07:07AM)
Use sewing thread instead..it takes a little longer to do, but works well.

I always use it starting up with a needle, run it right through the rope approx. one cm from the end and roll it AROUND the rope a couple of times, then again through the center of the rope (using the needle still on) and the make a few knots using the ends of that sewing thread used..

After this, cut the rope with scissors approx.5 mm's wherefrom the sewingthread around the rope is placed...

Will last a lifetime and doesn't make the rope ends looking unnatural or makes them stiff..if you don't use too much strength when rolling the sewingthread around the rope, you neither get any *groove*, but actually it doesn't matter. One can also stick the needle with thread a couple of times through the rope to secure the work..any method almost is possible to use. :)
Message: Posted by: RS (Nov 9, 2004 11:07AM)
Check your local fabric store. They have some suff called frayed stop or something.
Message: Posted by: weepinwil (Nov 12, 2004 05:04PM)
I usually want some freying to get a natural effect. To prevent excess freying, I usually wrap a piece of tape tightly about 1 inch from the end and trim the excess as it freys out. that way the freying is limited and I keep a nice natural appearance at the end of the rope.
Message: Posted by: YVRDave (Nov 14, 2004 11:36AM)
I just wrap some white electricians tape around the end of the ropes
Message: Posted by: Bill Hegbli (Nov 16, 2004 10:36AM)
Dip them in elmer's white glue. Smooth off excess. Let dry. Will last for years.
Message: Posted by: stannmaple (Nov 16, 2004 11:39AM)
Thanks for the help everyone. I went with the Elmer's glue. Seems to work great.
Message: Posted by: TOTALLY MAGIC (Nov 29, 2004 01:58PM)
I put glue on the ends and then put tap on the ends to make it look good.
Message: Posted by: Wards Back (Nov 29, 2004 04:14PM)
Or you can tuck the ends into the center AND glue them as well.