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Old 30-06-2007, 09:02 PM
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Default How to make a Braided Loop Leash

I promised Lee Slickers I would put up this thread, so here goes.
This will hopefully teach you how to make a basic 6 strand, 3 plait, braided loop leash. This is the leash that most retail falconry equipment suppliers sell. I would guess that 90% of all leashes sold are made with this pattern.
While it's not the most attractive braid pattern it certainly is a serviceable one, and very easy to make.
There are much more attractive and complicated braid patterns out there. Greg and Tasha on the forum make beautiful 8 strand 4 plait round braid loop leashes. Jeremy Bradshaw makes some beautiful 4 and 6 plait round braids, and his braided buttons are simply works of art. But this is the basic leash that most of you have.
This is falconry equipment 101. Along with anklets, leather Almeri jesses, bewits, and basic glued hoods, it's something that every falconer should be able to make, just my opinion of course. There should be more to falconry than just handling birds.
The equipment you'll need is very basic. A tape measure, scissors, 2 pairs of hemostats, a carabiner, epoxy, some small shrink tubing, a cake of bees wax and of course line.
Most leashes are made from braided Dacron fishing line, it's very strong for it's size, and very UV, weather and abrasion resistant. Rightly so since it is used primarily used a trolling line for saltwater fishing. Braided Nylon can also be used, as well as twisted Nylon twine in a pinch. If you have to use Nylon twine be sure to lightly melt each end so it won't unravel on you during the braiding process.
If you've ever lost your last leash in the field because you were too lazy to order an extra one, at least you won't have to wait one or two weeks to get a new one. And you won't have to tether your bird with an old piece of rope or an old boot lace in the mean time.
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Old 30-06-2007, 09:03 PM
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Basic Equipment.
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Old 30-06-2007, 09:21 PM
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I'll be making this leash out of 3 strands of 200 lb test braided Dacron.
For a 3 foot leash cut 3 pieces of line 11 feet long. This will give you enough line at the end of the braid to make it comfortable. This leash would be suitable for birds the size of tiercel Peregrines through Ferruginous hawks.
After you have cut the line wax both sides with bees was. Braided Dacron is kind of a flat line, especially in the larger sizes and has 2 distinct sides.
The wax helps to make the leash more weather and mute resistant, but it also helps hold the braid in place during the braiding process. It also makes the line less slippery for the person braiding it.
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Old 30-06-2007, 09:28 PM
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After you have waxed the line, lay the 3 pieces of line out side by side, find the center of the line and clamp the three strands together at that point using one of your hemostats.
Next tie the line off to a solid surface using a slip knot.
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Old 30-06-2007, 09:54 PM
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Next you will start to braid the loop portion of the leash. As stated before this is a basic 3 plait braid. Guy's, any girl that has braided her hair can teach you this braid in under a minute, there is no easier braid than this.
Hold the three strands in front of you and start by crossing the strand on the right over the strand in the center. "Right over center, right becomes center", this is 1/2 of a braid. Next cross the strand on the left over the strand in the center. "Left over center, left becomes center", that completes one braid. It's an important point to remember at this point, because you will be counting the braids to determine the size of the loop.
Make one more half braid and pull tight, from here on each time you complete a half braid you will apply firm pressure by pulling back toward you. You will have two strands in one hand, and a single strand in the other.
Keep applying pressure toward you with the hand that has two strands in it, the hand holding the single strand will be held tight, move the single strand to the side until you are at a right angle to the braid line and snug it up. You want the braids to be tight.
This is the sequence you will use for the entire leash. For now make 15 braids, remember it's not a full braid until "both" sides have been crossed over the center. Make 15 braids and clamp off where the last braid ended with your second pair of hemostats. This completes 1/2 of the loop.
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Old 30-06-2007, 10:15 PM
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Next with both sets of hemostats in place untie the slip knot, turn the whole line around and secure the other end to your solid surface with a slip knot.
Remove the first set of hemostats and make 15 braids just like before. Remember it's not a full braid until both sides have been braided into the strand.
When you've completed your 15th braid hold it firmly in place with your fingers, untie the slip knot, remove the other pair of hemostats and form your loop. Make sure the bottom braid on each side lines up exactly with the other one and clamp in place over the last braid with your hemostats. This holds the loop in place for the next step.
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Old 30-06-2007, 10:47 PM
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Next place the loop on your carabiner and attach to a solid surface. The next step is the only "semi" tricky part of braiding any loop leash, jess, or leash extender. You now have six strands and you need to separate them into 3 distinct pairs so look at your line closely. Make sure they are natural pairs and that none of the strands are crossed.
With the three strand pairs separated begin your braid sequence just like before. Make your first full braid fairly loose, make the first half of your second braid, remove the hemostats and tighten the braid down hard. Finish the second half of your second braid and continue to the end of the leash.
Remember your dealing with pairs of strands, so take a little extra time to fold the strands neatly over one another. This will make your braids much nicer and more professional looking. Make sure the braids are tight and even as you go. Even though you now have six strands you are still making a three plait, flat braid.
One note about braiding, when you are making a braid at the top of the strand, you are also creating a loose braid at the bottom of the strand, called a back braid. Make sure every time you finish 1/2 a braid or at the most a full braid, reach down and free the strands from each other or you'll end up with a knotted mess at the bottom. As you progress down the strand this will become less of a problem, when you are nearing the end it won't be a factor.
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Old 30-06-2007, 11:00 PM
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If you need to take a break simply separate your strands and clamp a hemostat across them. When you resume your braiding your strands will be separated and in order, ready to go.
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As stated before this is a basic 3 plait braid. Guy's, any girl that has braided her hair can teach you this braid in under a minute, there is no easier braid than this.
That's why I've never been able to understand people that actually buy leashes. Even if you don't know how to do the fancier 4/8 strand round braid you oughta be able to do this I learned how to do this when I was 3 years old! It doesn't even take hardly any time
But good job on taking the time to put this up for those who weren't taught such a girly thing
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Old 30-06-2007, 11:22 PM
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When your leash is the length you want it, cut it with your scissors. Hold it fairly close to the end and melt the end with a cigarette lighter and shape with your fingers. Be sure to wet your fingers before your do that or you'll end up with molten Dacron stuck to your fingertips
Next mix a small amount of epoxy and apply it to the end of the leash, place a short piece of shrink tube over the end, and heat it with a lighter. As the tube shrinks some epoxy will be forced out from each end of the tube. Remove it with a wet paper towel. The epoxy keeps the tube firmly in place, but as the tube shrinks it forces epoxy into the braid, your braid will never come apart this way.
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