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stannmaple
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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
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Take the ends of the rope and dip them in white glue. That will cure the problem.
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Hey Jim,
Nice to run into you again. Thanks for the help. I'll do that.
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Or you can tuck the ends inside themself, but that's only if you've removed the 'core'.

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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. Smile
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RS
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Check your local fabric store. They have some suff called frayed stop or something.
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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.
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I just wrap some white electricians tape around the end of the ropes
Bill Hegbli
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Dip them in elmer's white glue. Smooth off excess. Let dry. Will last for years.
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stannmaple
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Thanks for the help everyone. I went with the Elmer's glue. Seems to work great.
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I put glue on the ends and then put tap on the ends to make it look good.
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Or you can tuck the ends into the center AND glue them as well.
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