Stringmaking & yoyos: A deep well of a hobby

(Mk1 Yoyos) #22

This is an example staged with one wrap.

After you lay out all the threads you drop them off the center hook and spin them all together as usual.

(Ronald) #23

That’s what I thought thank you much!!

(Mk1 Yoyos) #24

Post pics when you’re done!

(Ronald) #25

Will do ima do a purple and white

(Ronald) #26

Probably a wooly/tri blend

(InvaderDust) #27

Strings are just as important as the yoyo. Im glad others make them and share and explore the journey of twisting threads. <3

(Mk1 Yoyos) #28

Recent strings. This is still so much fun.

(ZAC) #29

The orange and green remind me of the ninja turtles. I dig it.

(Mk1 Yoyos) #30

Bundling them up is a lot of fun.

(Pastor Browning) #31

Thanks MarkD; it finally clicked when you showed the above, after pondering how to do a real twist (not checkered by just twisting two colors and folding them over as usual)…
Whee! :bangbang: …looks like maybe you guys counter-clockwise twist a bit more than I did…? Or maybe both directions more? I did 12% initial reduction and after fold and reverse I stopped when it quit elongating and seemed to “begin to tug” or reduce again…

(Mk1 Yoyos) #32

Looks great! You can always play around with the reduction amount to see how that affects the string. You can only reduce it so far though, or else the string will fight you and try to twist up into knots during the fold-over.

(Mk1 Yoyos) #33

Got some wild new blends from @tossinpfeffer in the mail:

Thanks for the string trade!


Very cool! What is shurelock and “coats”?

These look like the cool candy cane style that are harder to make, too!

(Jared ) #35

I love making my own string. It’s fun and satisfying. If I can do it myself I will. String is no exception. Only thing I hate is I’m always super critical. I’ll play with my string, feel like its too corse, but I’ll go to my other strings I felt were super soft and I can’t tell much of a difference. It blurs my perception. Still, it’s a great feeling to know you can just whip up a batch of strings for personal use. My One Drop and DV888 are both sporting my strings.

({John15}) #36

Coats and Clarke is a brand of thread, sure lock is a specific type of polyester manufactured by coats


Wow cool I thought it was some kind of spray treatment given 3 coats of spray!

(Mk1 Yoyos) #38

The coolest string in this batch is the Glow in the Dark, it’s rare indeed!

(Mk1 Yoyos) #39

Recent strings.

Me and my threads.


A real tough guy with his threads :sunglasses: :wink:

(Pastor Browning) #41

I love the stretch nylon / poly blend I got from MarkD, thanks for the trade. I’m going to make some myself before I run out of the ones I got. It makes me want to invent a trick called the Bungee Jump! I went to 50/50 poly cotton “slick” Zeekio (from, like, YYE “Tournament String” poly") to try to get a little bounce versus the standard <thok!> but Mark’s has it way beat (not to a weird degree though) and has a cool response feel as well. The ones I sent him were very experimental, like 100% silk if for no other reason than to discover “why don’t we use this?” … expensive kinda but when you’re playing a $120+ yoyo and something lasts, not really. Probably just too lightweight to try to maneuver properly, but I’m just not getting to the point of confidently landing on the string 99% of the time and such and doing a few unresponsive tricks, binding, & stopping with a big grin like “tadaaa!” so I’m not qualified to know what would be good for someone doing advanced play. I can loop like 3 times and start getting sideways (what’s the DEAL, I’ve plateaued)… I guess it’s progress.
Picture of MarkD looks like he got some fan mail!
Hee hee, I have a box of junior give-away yoyos. Figures the one time I bring them to the oncology hospital the kids were all gone. For better or for worse I’ll be back (Mom’s a survivor twice+… thank God for all our bonus years still in effect). I got a box of light-up ones that actually play really well for the price (sleep, respond, loop, flash) and I wanted to give them to the kids with the hats and wigs and such… Moffit seems to be pretty relaxed in what they let them do or have and there’s a ton of space, the place is always huge and expansive enough that everyone in the place could be doing 2A and not get anywhere near each other…