Originally Posted by TMax27
Squid, I guess I meant more of the how part of making a Flemish Twist or Endless loop string...
ei: Why do you use the multiple posts on the Flemish Strings?
You use multiple "posts" (pegs) so you get a gradual taper when you twist the ends closed vice a step, it helps lock everything together.
here are some abbreviated destructions:
Use at least two different colors of string for your own sanity!
It makes for a prettier string and is easier to keep track of what you're doing while making the string.
You'll need to decide if you want to make a two ply or three ply string.
(I have done up to a 4 color string, that was "fun")
A two ply string is made from two bundles of twisted strands while a three ply string uses three bundles, etc. A two ply string is easier to make.
Achor the end of the string to the top left-hand post.
If your desired string is, as it is for me, 60 inches long, find the 60 inch position marked on the board and start winding the strands onto the jig until you have 6 strands of string (for a 2 bundle 12 strand string)on the jig.
When you have done that, run the spool to the next pin as if to wind another strand. You're not going to wind another but when you cut the string it keeps all the strands at the correct length.
Now cut the strands right down the center line between the top posts.
Carefully pull the bundle off the jig making sure that the ends of the strings don't move. You'll notice that the ends of each strand is slightly shorter than the others. Staggering the string ends helps to lock each strand in place as you make the bowstring loops.
Set this bundle aside and repeat the process using a different color of B-50 Dacron string.
Wax both ends of each string bundle for about 10 inches.
Lay both bundles side by side so that the longest strand in each bundle is aligned with the other.
Grasp both bundles about 8 inches back from the ends. Hold the bundles between your thumb and forefinger.
(This is where you should go to YouTube and find a video of the process!!!)
Using your other hand, twist the top bundle six or seven times away from your body.
Now take the twisted bundle and rotate it towards your body.
The bottom bundle is now on top and vice versa.
Keep repeating this twisting and rotating process until you have braided enough to form the loop for the top limb on your bow. The width of this loop will vary as does width of different bow limbs. The loop should be wide enough so that it will slide down the bow limb 5 or 6 inches when the bow is unstrung.
Form the loop, make sure you align the bundles same color to same color, forming one larger bundle of each
Grasp the bundles at the bottom of the loop and twist the two bundles of same color together.
Holding these two bundles between the thumb and forefinger, perform the same twisting and rotating process until the last tag end of the strings have been braided into the bow- string.
After finishing the top loop, separate both bundles all the way down to the bottom.
Take your 8 inch measurement at the bottom of the bundles and repeat the whole process again just as you did when forming the top loop.
When braiding the bottom loop you may have to stop occasionally to separate the bundles.
The bottom loop has to be just wide enough to fit over the nocks on your bottom bow limb.
Now that you have completed the loops you will need to put a twist into the bowstring. Make sure you twist the bowstring in the same direction as your braids otherwise you will untwist the loops.
Put the string on your bow and adjust for proper brace height.
Allow the string to stretch for a day or two or go out and shoot the bow.
Remember to keep adjusting the brace height by twisting or untwisting the string until all the stretch has been worked out of the string.