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post #9916 of 13763
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Originally Posted by liamstrain View Post

No - he's saying he would just use the mogami wires (discarding the shielding/sleeving).

The milspec part was a different suggestion for another direction to go, rather than bothering with stripping the mogami. 

Ah okay, who sells milspec? And any idea which brand of sleeving i should use should i go with the mogami? Out would the paracord sleeving be good insulation enough?

Btw fraggler, I did search that and in Ebay and didn't find anything.

Thanks for the info, DD.
post #9917 of 13763

Here is the seller I referred to earlier:  http://stores.ebay.com/Johns-Silver-Teflon-Wire-Shop

Make sure you get stranded wire, the more strands the better.  For a portable cable anything from 28-24AWG should do you just fine.  Also, stay away from the Kapton stuff.  Makes the wire much stiffer.

 

Sleeving is up to you.  It isn't even necessary, as I have used "naked" cables before and have had no problems other than maybe cable noise with anything made of teflon wire.  I get most of my Techflex branded PET expandable sleeving, Ultraflex fiberglass sleeving, and nylon multifilament from this guy:  http://stores.ebay.com/FURRYLETTERS

 

I am new to using paracord, but it is quite comparable to nylon multifilament.  If you are sleeving single wires like my burgundy cable, use Type I micro paracord.  If sleeving an entire braid then I hear Type 4 750 paracord is the way to go, but I have not confirmed this personally.  This seller is where I got my micro paracord, although it looks like they are on vacation:  http://stores.ebay.com/Five-Star-EDC

 

Have fun!

post #9918 of 13763

That is beautiful. Where can i get this LOD? I love the micro usb integration.  

 

Ta, Dave

post #9919 of 13763
So how does expandable techflex sleeving work? The pictures show an arrangement of different pieces with different IDs, does the one piece shrink/expand that much? Or are they just showing how it shrinks down?

And wouldnt that stuff be rather noisy? Or am I wrong?

Thanks, DD.
post #9920 of 13763

the expandable monofilament stuff does have a pretty big range of expansion - but it is VERY noisy. 

post #9921 of 13763
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Originally Posted by liamstrain View Post

the expandable monofilament stuff does have a pretty big range of expansion - but it is VERY noisy. 

Monofilament is best for IC (interconnects) | Multifilament best for headphone re-cables/things attached to your head. 

post #9922 of 13763
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Originally Posted by Andron View Post

Monofilament is best for IC (interconnects) | Multifilament best for headphone re-cables/things attached to your head. 

 

Agreed, although if you are relatively stationary and focusing on the music, the cord noise from monofilament isn't that bad.  It is only when it rubs something and it is very quiet that you really notice it.  You can make some really interesting looking cables with different layers of monofilament and I don't want to completely scare away new DIY'ers from experimenting.  I have long, long, long ago passed any useful amount of cables, but I can't stop experimenting and playing around.  I have cables for devices I can't even use (no more i devices) just laying around because they are fun to make.

 

And for Deathdiesel, if you are referring to Furryletters' store, then the pictures actually depict the different sizes he has available.  Some show the max diameter on each.  In the listing details for each size, he lists the smallest and largest diameters.  

 

AND this thread needs more pictures!


Edited by FraGGleR - 8/21/12 at 9:55am
post #9923 of 13763

Quick snaps of my recently finished mini-mini:

 

 

 

 

3 strands of DHC Nucleotide UPOCC copper wire in a standard braid

Neutrik 3.5mm plugs cut down (way cheaper than buying right angled connectors)

Black Sugru

 

I have played with epoxy putty, polymer clay (both air dry and bake dry), to make small connectors and Sugru is my favorite.  It is soft enough to easily mold, hard enough that it doesn't show every single touch like polymer clay, isn't nearly as sticky as epoxy putty, stays malleable far longer than epoxy putty, and dries over night, etc. etc.  Needless to say, I like it.  Only drawback is that is more expensive than the other stuff.  I like doing small cables like this since it really secures and seals the wires at the solder spots for high reliability.

post #9924 of 13763
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Originally Posted by FraGGleR View Post

 

I have played with epoxy putty, polymer clay (both air dry and bake dry), to make small connectors and Sugru is my favorite.  It is soft enough to easily mold, hard enough that it doesn't show every single touch like polymer clay, isn't nearly as sticky as epoxy putty, stays malleable far longer than epoxy putty, and dries over night, etc. etc.  Needless to say, I like it.  Only drawback is that is more expensive than the other stuff.  I like doing small cables like this since it really secures and seals the wires at the solder spots for high reliability.

 

Interesting... Can you sand it and file it like you can with epoxy putty?

post #9925 of 13763
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Originally Posted by Andron View Post

Thanks alot!. do you know what ID the tube was that you used? 4/5mm? i wanted to add a sleek splitter and there you go! you had it! haha, gauges as a splitter/bead was a great idea as well. no my mind is wandering... i ordered some tf10's that were on sale at amazon and im on order for Aurisonics AS-2. this means more cables = sad wallet.

Hello

 

Sorry for the super slow reply! Its actually 6mm ID tube as thats what was available. But, 5mm probably would have been ideal. I used 2 layers of clear shrink underneath the CF tube. The plugs / guages are hanging about being too small, so I thought they could be put to use somehow!

post #9926 of 13763

I haven't tried to, but it should be pretty easy.  It basically is a hard, silicone based rubber, so shaping it with some fine sandpaper should work just fine.  I'm not sure how it will take to paint, as I can't find my enamel kit right now.

 

Sugru.com has all sorts of galleries of what people have used it for.

post #9927 of 13763
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Originally Posted by FraGGleR View Post

Speaking of paracord...








4 strands of DHC Nucleotide UPOCC stranded copper
Type I mini paracord
DHC 1/8" plug
Vafamsound 3-pin mini-XLR

Mini paracord is roughly 2mm in diameter so fits most single wires.  It is a huge pain to sleeve each wire, but I love the look of it and most of my cables will be like this going forward.  I had experimented with some craft cord which was ever so slightly thinner and more compact a couple years ago (my Christmas cable), but they no longer make that cord.  This was listed as burgundy and I have several more colors coming.  Oh and if you go this route, measure very carefully, remembering that the sleeving shortens a bit when wire is fed through.  Also, melt the ends to prevent fraying.  

This absolutely gorgeous colour and build quality.. Im inspired by this cable.
post #9928 of 13763
Agree, absolutely gorgeous! would prefer wine red though, so slightly darker
post #9929 of 13763
Thanks for the kind words. The cable is actually more wine colored in person. I'm just starting in photography so I probably had too much light or something.
post #9930 of 13763

Yeah, great job. I'm particularly impressed by the clever solution to change the cable that does trough the headband. wink_face.gif

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