Post by Dave Thatcher on Jan 26, 2015 15:04:02 GMT
Took my first lesson in machine combining, spindle winding and flat braiding. The guys at the factory have been outstanding gentlemen. I now have to purchase a 3 phase (matter inducer) power convertor to run my machines and the guys are going to visit and set the whole thing up with the correct gearing so that the braid will match what is produced in Japan 100%.
Even better, you can only obtain japanese silk ito in 6mm / 8mm / 10mm. My machines can produce anything we require from 1mm to 20mm. I've noticed at times you need 4mm for some shikoro and menpo.
All I need now is a silk supplier, for which one of our forum members is smashing forwards!
Post by Dave Thatcher on Jan 26, 2015 19:02:00 GMT
I sub contracted the round braid today and have 500 meters of every size in indigo blue on route. I've commissioned the braid in rayon as it donuts require wetting like silk. It will then last for years and protect the armour as the abiki often fall apart first due to the weight.
Next up I plan to produce flat odoshi ito braid for three markets.
1. Antique Armour in silk 2. Tsuka Ito in silk 3. Gendai ito for reproduction and DIY armours in synthetic silk.
Point 3 is interesting as the LARP and Coplay builders use boot lacing. My machine can produce a tight weave which is exactly the same as silk, as they don't need to wet the braid it will be cheaper and better suited for their projects.
Post by Dave Thatcher on Jan 26, 2015 22:56:40 GMT
We couldn't match the greens. So for now i have left it. As to white, I would have to order 700 meters of it. i will need to put an order in with the japanses odoshi maker sometime this year for agemaki bows, and some 6mm dark green for anthony. So i'll be able to procure the greens and whites at only 20 meters.