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Copyright 2009 Dale Clark
After stabilization, I re-tighten my wires that have loosened and clip the third wire close to the bark. I wrap my reeds with #10 Aunt Lydia’s crochet thread. I wrap with the colored thread closest to my desired color so that I can save on nail polish costs. When I have wrapped about half the Turk’s head I wrap around the tube a couple of turns on the butt side of the blank in order to tighten the cane to the mandrel and make a nice round tube. After applying two coats of Duco Cement I apply nail color as desired. The glue covers the blank from the end of the tube up to the first wire. The nail polish covers the thread and the tube all the way to the end. I have tried hot, soft glue and found that it did not provide the support to the tube that thread does. I have not tried shrink wrap but also question the support to the tube compared to thread. Gluing between the first and second wire is usually omitted when using shrink wrap. I question the effectiveness of the seal with this type of reed as it ages. As with all my blogs please submit your comments and questions.