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Carambrda

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I'm going to throw in my 2 cents. I find, for getting good clean stags, force fusing WAY easier than any other method I've seen out there. I leaned this from Mr Devine's (n.devine83) youtube whilst making my way into interlocks. It's and easy way to parallel clap without the hassle of 2 spools (or pulling off a length if you only have 1 spool). Had a private convo with someone today and figured I'd share for others.

This stag was done with a 32g core and 40g clap

Run a clap 1/2 way down your core and snip it long. Then flip the drill in reverse, grab the snip and run it for a couple of seconds. This loosens up the claps. To be sure they are loose enough just grab them near the chuck and see if they slide back and forth, freely, on the core.
Put your drill back in forward and start another clapton, at the chuck end, between the first clapton.
Using a good amount of fuse tension run the second clapton parallel to the first. If you've loosened the first run well, and are using enough fuse tension, it should slide in without any trouble.
As you run the second set of claps the first one will slow push forawrd. Once you get to the end of the first run you should have some core wire left. At this point you need to slow down to make sure you get past the snipped lead without tangling in it. Once your past it, bare down as hard as you dare (without breaking the wire or your swivels, ect ...) all the way to the end to lock them in place so they don't bounce back.
Now just grab the snipped lead, put your drill in reverse, and pull the lead off. DO NOT let the tnesion go on the wire your pulling untill it's off. Otherwise it may get tangled up and ruin the whole thing. Now you should have a nice staggered wire reade for use! :D



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For making spaced claptons I came across another method that's even much easier.

 

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I usually make my sfc with one piece. Cut it and did like a multi core and worked a lot better today

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I usually make my sfc with one piece. Cut it and did like a multi core and worked a lot better today

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You should always stagger 1 piece per coil. More consistency that way.
 

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You should always stagger 1 piece per coil. More consistency that way.
I usually stagger one then fold it to fuse. Was a lot better cutting in half and fusing.

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Hair grip solves the problem of folding.
I have no issue staggering. I just usually loop a long staggered clapton and fuse it. This time I cut it instead if looping through my swivel

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I have no issue staggering. I just usually loop a long staggered clapton and fuse it. This time I cut it instead if looping through my swivel

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Yeah, do that, don't fold - folding will change the direction of the stagger's "lean" on one side which makes fusing harder
 

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Yeah, do that, don't fold - folding will change the direction of the stagger's "lean" on one side which makes fusing harder
Well that's been my issue then. I didn't think about that until I watch one of the videos further up. Was a lot easier to cut in two and match it up

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I have no issue staggering. I just usually loop a long staggered clapton and fuse it. This time I cut it instead if looping through my swivel

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I was referring to the fact you can loop it around a hair grip that you simply insert into the chuck of your drill like shown in the video I linked. Looping your spaced clapton around your swivel is what causes hiccups in the fusing the two halves together part, as the spaces need to slide freely over the cores like shown also in that same video I linked.
 

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Yeah, do that, don't fold - folding will change the direction of the stagger's "lean" on one side which makes fusing harder
It doesn't change the direction in any way at all. The real problem is when people talk about folding it in half, other people assume just looping it around the swivel won't hurt, but it WILL hurt because it locks the spaces in place at the swivel end, which is precisely what you don't want, as you need the spaces to slide freely over both cores everywhere excepting only at the chuck of the drill because at the chuck of the drill is where fusing the spaces together will lock the spaces in place.
 

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It does change but depending on the amount of gap and how you stagger the lean may not be exaggerated.

Normal Staggering and cutting for 2 cores:
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Looping one staggered core around your swivel:
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You can see the lean/angle in the pictures below:

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It does change but depending on the amount of gap and how you stagger the lean may not be exaggerated.

Normal Staggering and cutting for 2 cores:
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Looping one staggered core around your swivel:
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You can see the lean/angle in the pictures below:

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When you align 3 or more ramo do you offset them each time?
 

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When you align 3 or more ramo do you offset them each time?
I personally dont purposefully, I just set them next to each other and then bind them and start fusing but I use such a small wire that the wire could all be offset and it ends up working out. If you have a macro lens you can inspect the wire and try your best at sitting them side by side to make it easier on yourself.
 

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Been a few months since I’ve been able to put some build time in damn I miss the build bug

Still used the button technique for me it works

I loop it over and twist the button round once

then instead of tying it off and fannying about I use a clothes peg to hold it tight ....this doubles as a weight ....just nice an easy on the drill take my time

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Get 21 inches out of just fine

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Spacing is nice and even

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When finished ...remove the loop and snip the wrap away ....reverse the drill so it’s nice and springy

cut the length into equal parts make sure they are facing the same way ....then like the vid at the top of this page went slow ......very slow and bound about 5 inches together before it started going janky

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Got a nice coil out of it ...5 and half wrap 26g core 35g wrap all 316L

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Been a few months since I’ve been able to put some build time in damn I miss the build bug

Still used the button technique for me it works

I loop it over and twist the button round once

then instead of tying it off and fannying about I use a clothes peg to hold it tight ....this doubles as a weight ....just nice an easy on the drill take my time

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Get 21 inches out of just fine

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Spacing is nice and even

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When finished ...remove the loop and snip the wrap away ....reverse the drill so it’s nice and springy

cut the length into equal parts make sure they are facing the same way ....then like the vid at the top of this page went slow ......very slow and bound about 5 inches together before it started going janky

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Got a nice coil out of it ...5 and half wrap 26g core 35g wrap all 316L

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Sweet build dude. I haven't really built anything besides fused claps in a while either. Those look stunning. I've never tried a 3 core
 

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Sweet build dude. I haven't really built anything besides fused claps in a while either. Those look stunning. I've never tried a 3 core

thanks matey ....I haven’t either I ran out of every single coil I built months back so spent yesterday knocking out my favourite workhorse builds to stock up again and get the feel back (Flapton’s) this evening wanted to do something fun

it’s a pain in the fucking ass mate ...so happy I pulled it off though especially being rusty
 

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I tried following that straw vid caram posted and it does work really well for the first couple of inches but with this thicker gauge it goes off piste after that ....slapped on raymos clamp on the swivel end and went super slow to finish up the rest
 

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thanks matey ....I haven’t either I ran out of every single coil I built months back so spent yesterday knocking out my favourite workhorse builds to stock up again and get the feel back (Flapton’s) this evening wanted to do something fun

it’s a pain in the fucking ass mate ...so happy I pulled it off though especially being rusty
I could never get the button trick to work. But the clothespin would make it super easy I bet. I'll have to give that a shot. I was just explaining the stagger to my wife. Then showed her a half stag. Like I was talking fusing atoms. Lol
 

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I tried following that straw vid caram posted and it does work really well for the first couple of inches but with this thicker gauge it goes off piste after that ....slapped on raymos clamp on the swivel end and went super slow to finish up the rest
I love those clamps. I use them for anything larger than a fused
 

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I could never get the button trick to work. But the clothespin would make it super easy I bet. I'll have to give that a shot. I was just explaining the stagger to my wife. Then showed her a half stag. Like I was talking fusing atoms. Lol

I’m gonna do something like that next ....half framed staggered staple

4 0.4 x0.1 ...a single 26g stagger and bind it all together after that makes for a nice vape

Might even try and space it so I can try a pitchfork ...still I’m rusty so don’t wanna run before I get a feel for it again
 

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Think half the trick with the button is picking the right one ....this one above it the only one that works for me it’s pretty small and has a flat surface
 

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Might even try and space it so I can try a pitchfork ...still I’m rusty so don’t wanna run before I get a feel for it again
The difficulty in pitchforks is getting 2 lengths of perfect 1/2 forks. If your first 2 fuses aren't right on you will end up not being able to get the final fuse in places because the stags will be to tight in areas.
There are a number of variations on a pitchfork. But, imho, the best looking ones are skip 2 with perpendicular lines. These are extremely time consuming as you have to adjust the fuse angle every 1/2 turn. The easiest option is to lock in an angle. This will give you slanted lines. And as long as your angle is true on all 3 fusings then it still looks good.

A half fork is supper easy if your proficient in stagger fusing. Skip fuse the first stack of ribbon on to the staggered core. Then I don't even remove the stick. I just use cloths pins and pin the second stack while it's still in the chuck.
 

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The difficulty in pitchforks is getting 2 lengths of perfect 1/2 forks. If your first 2 fuses aren't right on you will end up not being able to get the final fuse in places because the stags will be to tight in areas.
There are a number of variations on a pitchfork. But, imho, the best looking ones are skip 2 with perpendicular lines. These are extremely time consuming as you have to adjust the fuse angle every 1/2 turn. The easiest option is to lock in an angle. This will give you slanted lines. And as long as your angle is true on all 3 fusings then it still looks good.

A half fork is supper easy if your proficient in stagger fusing. Skip fuse the first stack of ribbon on to the staggered core. Then I don't even remove the stick. I just use cloths pins and pin the second stack while it's still in the chuck.
Pitchforks are such an astronomical pain in the ass I hate whenever I have to take my magnifying glasses out to do a build lol. I feel like a coal miner or a laboratory scientist. I have bad flashbacks from chemistry class. Pitchforks have never been the most appetizing build honestly. It's a lot of work. It is a brilliant idea for a coil, it's just crazy. I know you do some crazy stuff in fact you're one of the best builders to ever post on this forum but even you have to find pitchforks tedious to a certain degree... at least I'd have to imagine so.
 

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SSFC tutorial by Dwayne Rambo (co-creator of the official COIL WARS video channel on YouTube),

 

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This thread feels like home for me. Since the end of January staggered coils are pretty much all I've wanted to make. @FlavorOverClouds , you might find some of this stuff interesting.

I just saw some staggerton type thing Meg made with 46ga. I'm still in awe. Here I am thinking 42ga around 3 to 5 cores is tough. I gotta to keep challenging myself.

Here's my last moment of triumph:
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N80 5x30/42


I've done 5x30 lots before mostly with 38 or 40ga. I didn't think I could do 42ga cleanly, ever. We're talking about a lot of thin wire. It's way more revolutions and way more chances for error than using 38ga. It's also tougher to see what's going on but I mostly just use feel anyways until or if I ever have a mistake. Perfect spacing is always nice but it's super critical with thinner clapton wires
 
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Yesterday I was convinced that I needed a tool to center my stag wires. I was sick of my wires spinning off center in my chuck. There's a place in the UK that has these flat things that go into your chuck. Then there's Raymo clamps and the russian ones. I looked at all kinds of different things. Instead of spending all that money, I thought maybe I could make something.


Then I had a lightbulb moment and thought about a hobby knife. I checked it out, and thought it just might work. Today I put it to use and gave it a couple of goes. Turns out it works great and I only spent one dollar for it 😁. Here's a few photos:
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I'm not saying it's better than those things, it's just a cheap alternative that's available all over. Sometimes trying to find and get those specialty tools is a pain in the ass. Hopefully this post can help others.

I use a little bit of hot glue on my cores every time. This idea might not work if you don't. It probably wouldn't work well for smaller wires and such. My main coils are over three cores and up to 6 or 7 so flat wires.
 
Yesterday I was convinced that I needed a tool to center my stag wires. I was sick of my wires spinning off center in my chuck. There's a place in the UK that has these flat things that go into your chuck. Then there's Raymo clamps and the russian ones. I looked at all kinds of different things. Instead of spending all that money, I thought maybe I could make something.


Then I had a lightbulb moment and thought about a hobby knife. I checked it out, and thought it just might work. Today I put it to use and gave it a couple of goes. Turns out it works great and I only spent one dollar for it . Here's a few photos:
yS9JIUZ.jpg

loDBXfj.jpg

d5AEiXg.jpg

I'm not saying it's better than those things, it's just a cheap alternative that's available all over. Sometimes trying to find and get those specialty tools is a pain in the ass. Hopefully this post can help others.
I know a couple of people that use those. I got me a chuck holder from Atom Customs and love it.

I only want it to taste amazing. Is that too much to ask?
 

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I know a couple of people that use those. I got me a chuck holder from Atom Customs and love it.

I only want it to taste amazing. Is that too much to ask?
Really? Here I thought I was the first to think of this :facepalm: lol. Well I wish I would've known about this "hack" earlier 😁.
 

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