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    Could anyone explain how to braid so I could make my own strap?

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    Plaited , i believe is the British name.. women can do that with their hair, ask one?

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    If you can't find it on Youtube, it's not worth doing. Although I suppose you could ask a longhaired woman, as a last resort.
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    There are more complicated styles of braiding, like the never ending braid where there are no loose ends to tie or glue. Were I doing a strap I would do this style. While it is similar to a 3 strand braid it has a couple more moves, but is a much nicer and stronger finished product. There is also a woven braid that will make a strap wider and flatter and so more comfortable. Not really necessary for a mandolin that is light, but a guitar would benefit. Some use a round braid, and with soft leather that looks nice and can still be comfortable because of the softness of the leather.
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    Could anyone explain how to braid so I could make my own strap?

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    Quote Originally Posted by G7MOF View Post
    Could anyone explain how to braid so I could make my own strap?

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    Well, asking a woman with long hair seems like good advice. But why don't you buy one from Lakota Leathers? I did and have a beautiful extremely soft and comfortable strap and it helps the makers, too!

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    I found a booklet at a crafts store that showed me how to make the braiding. It was fun making my own strap.

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    Get a book called " leather braiding" by Bruce Grant,,it will show you everything ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by musicology View Post
    Well, asking a woman with long hair seems like good advice. But why don't you buy one from Lakota Leathers? I did and have a beautiful extremely soft and comfortable strap and it helps the makers, too!
    It's the fun of making it yourself, just like building your own mandolin.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mandroid View Post
    Plaited , i believe is the British name.. women can do that with their hair, ask one?

    http://www.wikihow.com/Plait
    We say plaited here sometimes, too, but I usually hear braided.

    Anyhow, make three strips, then:

    - Move the left to the middle.
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    Thanks but that is plain plaiting (Pronounced PLATTING in the UK).
    I need the round braiding which the earlier video showed in great depth.
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    Here's a great site with various options: http://www.seekyee.com/Slings/howtos.htm

    Here's what I used for my strap, but I prefer the flat style to the rounded style:
    http://www.instructables.com/id/Brai...-a-flat-braid/

    This site may also be useful: http://www.lbbyj.com/index.php?main_page=page&id=2
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