In last weeks episode of Tying Tips, I wrote on a variation of
the 35 mm film canister, for use in storing dubbing material.
I made mention of the "Steaming Chenille" article, previously written by
George E. Emanuel. George mentioned how easy the chenille comes out of the
canister. I believe him, it really does, trouble is how do you get it into
the canister without ending up with a birds nest.
Here is the simple solution to the problem, Old Keep It Simple Simon to
the rescue again.
After you have steamed the chenille to get all the kinks out of the
material, you need to do a reverse wrap.
What? You may ask is a reverse wrap? Simply it is a wrap that starts
on the inside core, ending at the exterior. The chenille in this case is
then pulled thru the hole in the center of the canister, freely without
restriction or tangling.
You will need the following tools. A long pencil (or dowel of similar
size), and a prepared 35mm film container. (See last week's
Tape the chenille to the pencil, with the tag end at the point of the
pencil, then tape again just beyond the actual height of the film
container, holding the chenille perpendicular to the pencil.
Then holding the tag end of the chenille at the pointed end of the pencil,
begin rotating the pencil, wrapping the chenille along the axis of the pencil
from the eraser end, toward the pointed end.
Stop and reverse direction when you get a length of wrapped chenille that
is slightly less than the inside depth of the 35 mm canister.
Continue back and forward until you have a bundle of chenille that will
just fit into the canister.
When placing the chenille into the canister, keep it on the pencil.
Making sure the tag end of the chenille on the inside core, is protruding
thru the hole. Remove the tape.
Then with your fingers, holding the chenille in place slowly remove the
pencil from the canister. Then close the canister with the lid.
Now when you pull the chenille out of the 35 mm canister, the chenille
will not get tangled or become misshapen.
Bonus: This trick also works on Swiss Straw and other materials that can
be similarly stored.
Please check out the Fly Tying Section, in the Bulletin
Board, on FAOL too.
If you have any questions, tips, or techniques; send them along.
Someone else thought up most of this material before we did,
they just forgot to tell anyone about it. Or else we just
forgot about it, while learning something else. Let us
share with each other, all the things we know!
~ Steven H.
McGarthwaite (Chat Room AKA Parnelli)