Originally Posted by darthray
this is beautiful work!
Also where you got your sleeve.
Thanks guys I appreciate it. These were made to order for a customer here locally, I hope he likes them!
The 3/8" sleeving was purchased here: http://www.avoutlet.com/index.php?subcats=Y&status=A&pshort=Y&pfull=Y&pname=Y&pkeywords=Y&search_performed=Y&q=viablue+sleeve&dispatch=products.search
It's works just fine, just not my favorite sleeving.
My favorite (and the smaller diameter sleeve) was purchased here: http://en.mdpc-x.com/mdpc-sleeve/sleeve.htm
So a few tricks.
For the guys having issues with the sleeving fraying after you've cut it, take a lighter and hold the flame 1/8" to 1/4" and move the flame back and forth along the edges of the cut. The nylon part with start to melt and roll backwards (the fabric part interwoven in, like in my 3/8" sleeving with burn so be careful. If you do it right the entire cut will melt along the edges, set the lighter down and use your thumb and index finger to slide over the edges to prevent them from balling up (once you try this you'll understand).
Once you have it down, you'll be able to make the edges look like a hot knife cut them.
Also be careful that you don't burn yourself, sometimes if you hold the flame too close and then touch the sleeve molten nylon with stick to your hands. Eventually you get the right flame method and you don't feel anything.
It's the right way to do it (sans hot knife) and you don't have to worry about glue or tape or anything crazy like that.
I always use heatshirnk for every piece of sleeving to make sure everything holds tight.
The real key to everything looking professional is to make sure that once the sleeve in on your cable that you stretch it out as tight as possible.
This serves two functions.
1. The tighter the sleeve the less chance of the cable color seeping through.
2. Cables have a different feel when you grab them if the sleeving is pulled extremely tight. The cable feels solid and can actually be bent and hold a shape on smaller diameter cables.
And finally I always try to have the correct tools for the job if possible.
I have scissors from a fabric store that are only used to cut sleeving.
I always have 4 to 6 small spring clamps to hold cables and sleeve in place while I'm working. Try to have a heatgun ready to go for the heatshrink (Ihave been using the same $5 heatgun from harbor freight for over 5 years!)
And finally: Take you time. Sleeving can be really irritating. But some people actually can get super relaxed. Either way just take you time and have fun, it's totally worth doing something over to make the final project that much better.
If anyone has any questions, feel free to ask here or PM, I'd be happy to help!