By Martin Joergensen
These loops are often refered to as Orvis loops. I don't know if Orvis invented them, but they do sell them -- and at high prices too.
There's no reason to pay money for something you can make for free yourself. All you need is a large needle and some scraps of braided dacron backing. Add to that scissors, a lighter (or a candle or matches) and some superglue.
Look at the drawing and follow the instructions below. You can now make your own loops. Want to know how to use them or how to join two loops?
- Use fairly thick braided backing off the stiff dacron type -- 20 or 30 lb type
- Do not cut the backing yet, but work with the whole length
- Be carefull that the backing doesn't become 'unbraided' in the process
- Stick a thick needle into the backing app. 10 cm. (4") from one end.
- The backing is hollow and the needle point should end up in the center
- Thread the short end of the backing through the needle eye
- Secure the loop formed with a pencil
- Press the needle out through the backing again 5 cm. (2") further down the backing
- Pull the needle and the loose end through the hollow center and out though the side of the backing
- Pull loop fairly tight
- Remove needle and cut backing leaving a small piece (1 cm -- ½") on the outside
- Burn lightly over a flame and pull the still warm and soft end into the backing, by expanding the loop
- Put a drop of superglue on the double backing
- Stop the backing from becoming 'unbraided' by sticking a needle into the hollow center and applying light heat.
- Cut to appropriate length and thread a small piece of silicon tube over the end
- The loop is ready