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

August 17, 2019


Welcome to another string making
tutorial. Today we’ll be making a two color endless-loop string
using BCY 8125G red and black. The process for making the string is identical to making
a single color string. If you’re unsure have a look at my other string making
tutorial. I’ll be pointing out things to watch out for in making a two-color string.
I’ll be starting with the red string first. Anchor the loose end and begin looping the
string around the jig’s arms. This string will be an 18 strand string. To get an even
candy cane pattern, I need to have equal amounts of each color. In this case I’m
going to do five full loops of red string. Once that is done, tie off the other
end and cut it off with a knife. Now we move on to the second color. The secret
behind making a two-color string is that you’re laying out two separate strings
and serving them together. Repeat what you did with the first color,
and in this case I’m using four full loops of black. As you can see now, I have five layers of
red and four layers of black to make my 18 strand string. Throughout the rest of
the process it’s essential to avoid tangling these colors together. Turn the arm around. Again, make sure that
you don’t tangle the two colors together. Although the string usually doesn’t
twist past the post, to make sure the colors remain separated I use a string
tool to separate them. If you don’t have one of these you can make do with a
pencil or other short object. Slide it between the two colors and you may want
to bisect the string across the corner. This will ensure that the string does
not twist past this point. I’ll be using 0.019 Halo serving for the end loops.
Begin the serving as normal, laying the thread across the string and
looping the jig over it a few times. Slide the jig down to where the loop will
begin, which I’ve already measured. Some people have suggested overlapping the
thread more times to ensure that the end does not slip. As you probably know by now, “spin to win”.
Keep on going until you reach where the loop will end. Note how the string is
beginning to twist, forming the pattern that you’re aiming for. We will be removing
these twists later, but for now it serves as a nice preview of things to come. Rotate the yolk and then cut the anchor threads. As I said earlier, it’s important to keep
the colors separated so the string comes out with a clean pattern. To do this I
run the string tool down the length of the string to push existing twists down
to the end. I do the same for the other side. The purpose of this is too hide the
twists under the serving so that the rest of the string looks tidy. Once the twists are in
place, serve the remainder of the loop. As usual, I prefer serving towards the end. Others have noted a preference for
making two separate servings instead of continuing the same one which is also an
effective method. As you can now see, with one loop complete,
the strands are still separated. Now serve the second loop, remembering
that this is the smaller of the two loops. As with the other end, I’m going to run
the string tool down the length of string to push all the twists to the end. As you probably know by now, complete
the end loop and “spin to win”. Since we’ve successfully covered the twist,
the string is still a nice two-tone color. Now for the center serving. Normally I
would do this on my bow, but I’ve pre-measured exactly what I need, so I’m going to do it on the jig. Of course by now you probably know that
I use the faster method. This is what the string looks like now. The colors are separate, but after twisting
a few times you have that nice two-tone look. Give the string a coat of wax to
give it shape and you’re done. This is NUSensei. I hope you’ve enjoyed
this tutorial, and I’ll see you next time.

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  1. There's to much tension on your serving jig and to little on the string jig. That is my way of making sure I don't have to "hide" the twists under the serving.

  2. Pretty good tutorial!!! Quite in depth. If you wouldn't mind I'd like to see you do a tutorial on making flemish twist strings (both one color and multicolor)

  3. I know this is unrelated to the video, but I'm trying to get into archery. I'm 14 and the bow I'm looking at buying is the Easton Recurve beginners kit. Do you think it is a good start, or is it not worth my time?

  4. If you are going to build  a recurve bow by buying parts from the internet. how do you know the parts fit together?

  5. Great string making clip with nice editing. Would you be able to tell me where i can buy those plastic string seperators? Can't seem to find them anywhere. Thanks.

  6. Off Topic >
    Ouch! – this video is tooo loud: only in comparison to all the other bowstring making videos in the whole NUSensei Playlist.
    However, this guy still knows how to truly balance background music into background levels, verses foreground narration levels.
    Many, many Youtube tutorial video guys NEED to understand we viewers want background as accompanying background only!

  7. Great instructional / tutorial video.
    (The colours look like the Essendon Bombers, an Aussie Rules Football Team in Melbourne)

  8. A Youtube video which explains in a good way the direction to wind the centre serving on to 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!]

  9. Why dont you put the string on layout etc ( couldnt be bother watching all of video) up to the 1/4" shaft part of the posts? like every person that makes a endless string? & yes I know what I am talking about been making strings for + 10 years now?

  10. Really good video, I saw some interesting variations on creating the new string. Where did you get the jig, that is beautiful (and looks really functional)?

  11. I have saw several of these videos,but no one has said what is done with the two loss ends of the main string (Dacron string).I understand the serving and the ends of those.I see you tie off to start and I see you tie the end,and then you serve,but there are the strings that are tied off.what happens with them?

  12. There is a length/measurement needed for each end, lg loop end and sm loop end. I did not hear these. Plus point out that the 1st loop (large loop) is at the "dead end" of the string.

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