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Packers diamond wrap

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After UpNorth's encouragement I decided to try my first diamond wrap. While it was not too complicated it was time consuming. I still need practice (plenty of little gaps) but I was happy with the results (so far)

I am debating adding more to it (possibly more green as the yellow on white blends a little too much).

Let me know what you think.



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Looks good, especially for your first attempt. Yes they are time consuming. I have spent over 6 hours on a few elaborate butt wraps. But they look so cool when they are done.

Some tips:

Packing threads is an art of it's own. I can tell you first off, it is difficult to pack threads over an unfinished wrap like you did. Best to put a coat of epoxy over the threads first.

Get some thread packing tools. I use a sharpened cheapo hard plastic brush that you would use for epoxy or color preserver. I sharpen it like you would a cold chisel. It allows me to push the threads up tight and still not cut them like you would with metal.

When you are packing threads in a pattern, start at the edges and then push in the corners where the threads cross, depending on the pattern I do this every 3 to 6 passes.

Pay attention to the crosses and pack from both sides evenly as that will keep your pattern in a straight line.

If you have any questions, list em and I will try to help.

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I am going to put a two prong hook keep at the base, just above the winding check. I wasn't sure how to temporarily hold it there but was thinking a little bit of CA glue (but wasn't sure if it would hurt the thread) or tip-top adhesive. I was thinking the upper (rod tip end) would be the lock on the diamond wrap, and then I would cut off the wrap thread so the ends would be under that - then finish the back prong (not sure if that makes sense...).

Any advice?


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Here is how I finish the wraps. I would clear some of the excess so it looks like the second one, well at least clear the design threads and then I would do what you normally do for guides to wrap them on. I don't thing a little super glue or tip to adhesive would hurt anything either.

Under the masking tape is a basic wrap to hold the design thread in place. I just tape over it to hold it while it is trimmed. You would then add your hook keeper where you just trimmed the threads.



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Thanks for the info UN - My wife used to be a nail tech (manicurist...). She has some great tools for this - for packing threads I am using one of her plastic tip cutical pushers.

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Eye - very nice job on your first attempt. Much better than my first diamond...

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Glad to help. And I think if you spend some time packing the threads it will only improve. One thing a person has to remind themselves is there is no real hurry, and for most of us it is just a hobby.

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nice wrap!!

looks like ur rootin for the right team too wink

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