Sunday, 18 May 2014

Recycled Reed Floats

So, just having ago at making Gall Bob floats wasn't enough....I've seemingly been bitten buy the urge to make more floats. Having watched Paul Adams demonstrate how to make reed floats here at time to give it ago, great video.

The first issue I encountered was where to get some reed from, after searching the web and trying to figure where a local water was to get some freebies I came up with nothing.

The winter storms have decimated part of my garden fence and a new panel is required. I tend to cover my panels with decorative reed fencing from Wickes. This was in bits and I had taken the reed fence down. On walking to the shed it dawned on me that perhaps this reed might be suitable for floats!! After rummage through the fence quite a lot was seasoned hard reed. Off I went to work.

Reed I have saved and future projects!
I have to say I will not want for any reed for a while. It was all going in the skip what a find. I had most of all the other the items I needed. However, I went and bought some red & black thread, nail varnish in Pink, yellow and clear gloss.

Choosing the right section of reed.
The reed has been outside for just over a year and has taken on a weathered look which I actually like so no need of any further decorations to the potential float.

Junior hacsaw to cut the section required. 
Having not whipped anything for years it started out as quite a challenge, but I soon got back into the swing of things.

Whipped top and bottom.  
I found that if you put a white base coat on the tip followed by a yellow, subsequently a pink and covered in gloss you get a far better fluro colored tip. I have been experimenting with types of float tip colored indicator markings.

Basic float with tip painted base white, no whipping.
Three of my first floats without yacht varnish on.
The float on the right of the picture was my very first and the color on this not as good as the others. The very last one I made is my personal favorite. However, I noticeably got better as I made the floats.

Floats drying.
The closest float with black whipping was the last and my personal favorite. All have had two coats of Yacht varnish and are drying off.

The finished products. I have to say I have really enjoyed making these floats. I plan to make more. I have ordered some porcupine quills to have ago at next time. I suppose I have been hooked into making floats, I will not be buying anymore....from the tackle shops.

Hope you enjoyed the read.


Sunday, 11 May 2014

Wasp Gall Bob Floats

Well I had a bash at making some Wasp gall floats as I said I would in the The Morning Walk. Here is my attempt.

Wasp Galls

I purchased some bamboo skewers from the supermarket hundreds for a pound. Bought three lots of paint and one being a spray can with clear in it. I already had tools and other bits and bobs.

Instead of buying black paint I used permanent marker pens which worked a treat.

Dremmel to drill the hole bigger.
I then drilled the hole so the bamboo would fit snugly. Cut the bamboo to the size of stem I wanted and super glued the gall into position. I would have liked to have whipped the eye on but I had no thread. So I improvised by cutting the back off of safety pins shrink wrapping them into position. I have to say they are really sturdy, i'm pleased with the result.

The work table in home..
Having decided on a paint scheme for the floats of I went, after a second go I got quite quick. Spraying light but multiple sealing coats of clear paint. They have turned out quite well. They will never win a beauty competition but I will give them a ago in a couple of weeks when fishing in Sweden and let you know how they perform.

I ran out of safety pins LOL so I had to stop making any more. Threes enough to try them out. I  really enjoyed making the floats.

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Saturday, 3 May 2014

Seam Sealing a Tarp.

Having already posted last year about resealing seams briefly in the  Henry Shires Tarptent Moment Garden review.  I thought I would cover it again as I have to seam seal my Army DPM tarp.

I have had this tarp for many years and it has served me well. However, the time has come to do a bit of maintenance to the seams on the inside and outside. I had a few drops of water come through in the centre of the tarp on my last outing.

You require:

100% Silicone I have used aquarium sealer.
White Spirits.
A mixing pot and stirrer.
A applicator in this case is a foam brush.

The required silicone (estimated) is placed into the mixing pot then add a small quantity of white spirits and mix with your choice of stirrer. At first the two products will not want to combine and be careful the spirit can splash around if your to vigorous at the beginning of the mix. In time the two will blend into  together. If you have not added enough spirit add a bit more, if its too runny add some more silicone until you have the consistency you want. I generally mix mine to the consistency of thick home made soup.


Silicone with spirits

Foam brush applicator
Having stretched and pegged the tarp prior to mixing the silicone up its time to apply the soup (sorry silicone). In this case I'm just sealing the centre ribbon of the tarp on both sides, you could go all the way around the stitching if you wanted.

Pegged out!!!
Using your applicator brush the required area with you silicone its worth pointing out at this stage that I find its better to have made to much than too little. I mixed one pot of silicone up for each side separately. Once you have completed you application its time to let it dry. Ensure you check the weather for the day as drying times can vary with the amount of spirit and thickness of the silicone applied.

Silicone sealer applied

Drying out
 Well that's the job complete. Hope you have found this informative.

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