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Old 11-28-2009, 04:50 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Oh Boy! Living Rubber Skirts! Need Help! LOL!

I said it before but I will say it again... Oh Boy! LOL!

I bought round living rubber skirt material. I didn't but the already cut or the banded kind. I bought the kind that came in big long lengths of continuous strands.

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I figured... no sweat... this will be fun and easy.

I have never made my own skirt out of this material before.

Woah boy! LOL!

I read that all you need to do is stretch the rubber and the individual strands seperate

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Well, I fiddled around and I tried this and i tried that... my first attempt was to take a pen, slide the skirt band up on it and then slide the skirt material, still solid and not yet broken into strands, into the pen and pulled the band over it. I then seperated the bands. It didnt seperate as easy as I had figured it would... I ended up having to spend a while seperating each individual strand with finger nails... anyway I got it all seperated but realized that the colors werent stacked how I wanted them... I didnt want all t he colors mixed all up.. I wanted the chartreuse, lime and white to be only on one side... in one concentrated spot... so... I took it all apart... now comes the OH BOY... LOL!

I soon realized I didnt have the proper tools... or didnt have a clue what i was doing LOL!

this is what I ended up with LOL!

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So... let me ask... how do you deal with this kind of skirt material? lol Im guessing splitting all the strands and THEN trying to form a skirt was a BAD idea lol

How bout some advice and some tips on working with rounded living rubber continuous strands please?
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Old 11-28-2009, 08:30 AM   #2 (permalink)
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LMAO... Some things are meant to be handled by the pro's...... Good luck with that mess. I do know that they make a kit to put them together ...
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Old 11-28-2009, 09:13 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Jared, try layering your colors, place them where you want them then tie the material, it'll take some pratice but you'll get it. Tie some material, then add some more till you get what you want. When I did my own I tied them, hate them rubber bands, they fall apart when you go to use the jig.
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Old 11-28-2009, 09:46 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Jared here is a pictorial of how I use LR. That should equal a 4000 word dissertation.

If you don't install it in the strip you will be waisting a lot of time and gaining a lot of frustration.







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Old 11-28-2009, 10:15 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Okay that looks easy enough might have to give that a shot. Jared now ya have no excuse to not start puttin out the jigs Oh ya and no while your doing it either
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Old 11-28-2009, 12:11 PM   #6 (permalink)
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There's a reason I buy mine in the cut strands....LOL



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I have an idea that you might try. I have not done this but it should work. Lay a strip scotch of tape on the table, sticky side up. Lay you individual strands on the tape just off center. All of the strands should be in a section about 1/2 inch wide. Now fold the tape over. this should hold them all together so that you can wrap them around the jig. Use fine wire or thread to tie them in place. If you try this, let me know if it worked. If you want to use the bands, you would need to put the tape at the end and then wrap it around a tube to slide the band on.
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Old 11-28-2009, 10:38 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Get some small cable ties. (You can get fancy and use the colored ties) Lay the tie flat on the table then lay the strands stacked the way you want them on top of the cable tie. pull the cable tie just tight enough to hold the strands in place. put the skirt on the jig or spinner bait then cinch the cable tie tight. cut off the cable tie end trim up the skirt and it is a done deal. the cable tie will hold the skirt way better then the rubber bands
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cable ties? neat idea!

What did you use in your image JigMan? wire? what kind?
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cable ties? neat idea!

What did you use in your image JigMan? wire? what kind?
Jared wire ties are quicker than wire but don't hold the rubber as well IMO. The wire I use is from an old table saw motor that shot craps about 15 years ago. I still have many years worth of wire left to use up.

Check at a hdw store for 24 or 26 gauge copper wire. It is easy to use and will last a life time on a jig.
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