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Wool String Silencers

By Russ Barber
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In these tough economic times we all like to save money where we can. Here is a simple, cheap and quick way to make some wool string silencers.

First off we have to make a jig. This idea came from the video by Jim Parsons. Take a clothes hanger that has a cut-out for spaghetti straps and cut it to look like this.

Sand the edges smooth so they don't snag the yarn. So much for the hard part of this build.

Buy 100% wool yarn from the craft store. You can choose any color you want; I've even seen some camo yarn. The yarn cost me a whopping $2.99 for 170 yards.

Using the jig, wrap about 25 to 30 loops, as shown.

Once the loops have been done, tie them in the middle while still on the jig. Trim the tie ends, but do not cut the loops just yet. Squeeze the jig and slide the bundle off. Repeat the process to make another bundle.

Separate the unstrung bowstring and place one bundle on either end of the string about 10 inches from the loops. Place the other bundle the same way on the opposite end of the string. String the bow, which will secure the bundles in place.

Being very careful not to cut the bow string, cut the loops so you have a lot of single strands. Note: For photo purposes the bow is not strung, but string the bow before you cut the loops.

Shoot the bow a few times to get the silencers to expand. There you have it: nice homemade wool silencers. The estimated cost per set is mere pennies and five minutes of your time. It took me longer to do this write-up than to make the silencers.

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