String making questions


#1

My main interest is in making 100% cotton strings. The string I would most like to recreate is the string that comes with a Tom Kuhn No Jive. It is type 9? The string is very soft almost like yarn. Maybe some one can point me to the correct material.
I have found a material intended for crochet, but is slightly more rough than I would like. I am also having a problem at the fold point, the strings tends to be very tight and “kinky” sometimes to so much that it can’t be opened for a yo yo. Near the knot end it’s not so bad. I have moved my twist length down form 18 inches to 15, should it go closer?

I have had some mild success, but need some terms defined.

For example, if a string is described as 4 X 2 or 3 x 3 what is the meaning of this term?

What determines type 6 type 8 type 9 and such.

thanks in advance :wink:


#2

I can answer some questions. :smiley:

You should be able to get plain cotton thread somewhere.

It’s probably too tight. I just look at the string to see how tight it is. If I get it too tight, it does the same thing as yours. I would suggest just twisting it less, but make sure to keep it taught (maybe that’s the right spelling) and don’t give it any slack.

4x2 would mean that there are 2 strands twisted together that have 4 strands in each of them. 3x3 would mean that there are 3 strands twisted together that have 3 strands in each.

I still don’t really get the type 8 and slick 6 determination.


#3

Slick means that the string is 50% cotton and 50% polyester. The number after type or slick is just a less specific number of strands. Where 4x2 is two strands with four threads in each of them type 8 is just a string with eight threads. It could be 8x1. It could be 4x2. It could be 2x4.


#4

More specifically… does any string maker hear know where to find the material used to make the string that comes with a Tom Kuhn No Jive?

The material I now use is described as… Preshrunk 100% cotton 1.5m crochet thread.
When I make string I am only twisting together 2 strands and folding them over.
Does this then make it 4 X 2?


#5

You twist two threads together then fold them over to make the loop for the axle? That is 2x1.

Try making 6x1 or 8x1.


#6

I am fallen in love with TK cotton strings too and I try for weeks now to find the best way to recreate them.

According to my eyes TK strings are 4x2 (two strands, four threads per strand) :

http://img17.imageshack.us/img17/4403/tkstring1.th.jpg

Two of the four threads are 3-ply and the two others are 2-ply.

On TK website we can read that the strings are made of “the finest Egyptian fiber”. I suppose that unmercerized cotton may do the trick.

Can someone tell me where I can find such cotton (or Egyptian fiber) & what are the best sizes to use ? It seems also possible to find cones of pretwisted cotton strings (10 plys ?). If you have more information about that let me know :wink:

Thanks !


#7

If it can help : I bought 2 cones of umercerized cotton (8/2 & 16/2) and I can tell I found what I was looking for !

http://distilleryimage9.s3.amazonaws.com/61dbf4b4028d11e29c6622000a1de76a_6.jpg

Now I need time to know what is my favorite string between 4x2 (16/2) and 2x2 (8/2).


(Owen) #8

Necroooooo


#9

@nemyo, not really, only by a bit less then a month. Isnt necroing better than starting a new thread?


#10

He necro’d it before that. :wink:


#11

Oh yeah, I should of looked a lot harder lol. Sorry nemyo


(Owen) #12

Haha yeah it was two years… :stuck_out_tongue:


#13

Yeah 2 years but still actual for people interested in twisting their own cotton strings :wink:

Wood is good !