Next, you need
to gauge the diameter of the blank to determine the spacing where
the threads will cross while maintaining a constant distance in
the pattern. The average diameter of the blank will be either the
distance between where the threads cross or some even fraction or
multiple of the whole (1/2 or 2x). The key is knowing the average
diameter of the blank. The easiest way to determine the diameter
of the blank is demonstrated (slightly out of sequence) in the next
photo using a circle diameter gauge. These are generally available
from hobby and craft stores or through several mail order catalogs
on rod building.
is to wrap a piece of paper around the blank at the center point
of where the decorative wrap will be made. The point where the paper
overwraps itself indicates the diameter of the blank. Mark the paper
or fold it over on itself to crease the paper. Lay the paper flat
and measure the distance between the crease and the edge of the
paper. This will be the distance between the cross-over points or
a multiple thereof depending on your taste (and patience). These
cross-over points can then be lightly scribed on the axis lines.
The intersection of the axis lines and the scribed distances will
be the crossing points.
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