I’m a pretty avid reader of the site, especially the stick tech. Here are some of the heads I’ve done.
Hope you like them.
Three Good Tips
First of all, I’d like to thank you for the awesome site you have. I have probably read every article here twice. Now for the tips:
1: Instead of using ball and knife, use a medium sized face towel and multiple knives/pencils/pens or whatever you regularly use. You can form the shape of your pocket easily this way, and it solves the problem I used to get all the time with ball and knife where the base of pocket is only the size of the bottom of the ball.
2: Stretching out mesh is the most important part of stringing. If you don’t stretch your mesh enough, you will have no pocket.
3. If you dye often, set up a space in your basement or whatever where you can dye without worrying about making a mess. Get a portable electric burner so you don’t have to make trips back and forth to the stove. Get your own pot to dye in, and always have containers ready to save the dye in, so you don’t constantly need new dye.
Pinching a head
I was just reading the section on pinching your heads and there’s another way to pinch your head without using the stove or places where you might melt the plastic. What I do is I prepare the head by using strings or whatever I have to pinch the head. Then I place it in boiling hot water. Usually I just put the water in the sink then leave it for an hour. Then you take it out and dry it off and it’s pinched. - Peter