Archery | Making A Three-Colour Endless Loop Bowstring
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Archery | Making A Three-Colour Endless Loop Bowstring

August 10, 2019


This time I’ll be doing something a little more complex, making a three colour endless loop string. This one is a commission for someone else,
but I’m recording the process to show you how to handle three colors. My materials are three spools of 8125G in royal blue, black, and white. I will also be using BCY 62 XS Serving in black and blue
just to see what it looks like when you use this serving. I’m assuming you’ve seen my other tutorials on making bow strings. So I’ll fast forward through the process.
I’m winding each color around the jig, cutting and securing the strands when I’m done. Making a three color string isn’t much different than
making a two color string, however, the additional color does require some more delicate
work to ensure that the pattern comes out correctly. As a side note, multicolor strings are easier to work with
if you have more strands. Fewer strands make it harder to get the pattern
correct when the string is done. For this reason, you typically wont find more than three color strings if you buy from a store. You can try making them yourself,
but arguably it’s not worth the effort. I’ve actually chosen an unusual color scheme.
Normally, multicolored strings have an even color distribution for a balanced pattern, however,
I’ve decided to go for a primarily blue string with black and white stripes. This 16 strand string
has 8 blue strands, 4 black strands, and 4 white strands. With all the strands around the jig,
I can now rotate the yoke. It’s a good idea to check the tension of the string.
Any loose strands can ruin the pattern later. I now begin serving the end loop. I stop a
few times to check the tension on the serving jig. I want the spool to spin loosely enough to get
easily over the string, while at the same time, not causing too many twists. This is, by the way, what the
black and blue serving looks like. I now rotate the yoke back and
cut the anchoring threads. To keep the colors separated,
and to remove the twists, I run the string tool down the string
and push it towards the very end. I do this again to separate the second color. I now complete the end loop. Again,
I prefer to work towards the end rather than the center. Once I loop the jig around the string,
I pull it taught, and being spinning away. For those who make strings,
I think you’ll agree with me when I say that it’s absolutely mesmerizing when you get the flow right. And now the second loop. As before I’m going to run the string tool
down the string to remove the twists. This is where things get a little tedious with
three color strings. I have to make sure the three colors
are still separated throughout the remainder of the process, and that they don’t
get tangled up with each other. Once I have the colors flat I can now
proceed with the center serving. If you’ve seen my other videos, you probably know
what happens next. [speed metal playing] Again, I need to make sure the colors are separated, and haven’t twisted together. This step is crucial to getting a good pattern. I twist the string a few times to see
how the pattern emerges. If there are any mixed strands, I pick them out
and separate them until I get a clean pattern. With the colors correctly in place, I seal the deal by rubbing in a thick
layer of wax over the string. Then I press the wax in so the strands are nicely coated. Once that is done, I wrap a thread around the string,
and run it down to clean off the excess wax, and give the string its shape. I do the same for the other end. Untangling
the colors and checking for twisted patterns. Once I am happy with it, I wax it down. While I’m at it, I’m going to put on a nock set
using nylon thread. This can be easily moved up or down
if it isn’t correct. And the string is finished.
While this isn’t meant for me, I decide to string it on my bow anyway
to see how it looks. and it looks fantastic. Thanks for watching guys. This is NUSensei,
and I’ll see you next time.

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  1. I love how mesmerizing the string is when you get the pattern how you want it and twist towards the end of the process. It's like watching the white parts march in unison down the string.

    I actually let out an audible "OOOOooooo" it's gorgeous. Your string videos always make me want to make my own. Someday I will!

  2. Thank you very much for the great vids! I'm definitely a subscriber! Question for you, if I may. Can I use candle wax on the string? Again, thank you very much!

  3. Was able to make my own following your instructions, and the results were excellent. Kind of addicted now. Thanks, once again, for the great work!

  4. I enjoy these videos as I am improving my bowstring skills. What are the music tracks used in this vid? Helps the inner zen…

  5. I am sooo glad this Video appears in a NUSensei `playlist` of Bowstring making videos. They all belong linked together!
    It's helpful to follow `em all.
    Great instructional video – keep up the good work.

  6. A Youtube video which explains in a good way the direction to wind the centre serving on to a bowstring is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50TF2sM-1UQ . . ^^How to Apply serving on a Bow String and understand which direction serving should be applied^^ . . . . . [long title, isn't it!]

  7. A tool that I use in fly fishing might help you with the nock stop knots. A nail knot tool. Beautiful string.

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